||Consulting & Design Firms Win National Audiovisual Design Award
For Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Renovation
THE SEXTANT GROUP, EDGE STUDIO NAMED GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
JUNE 6, 2006 PITTSBURGH PA –
A national design competition has named two
local firms as Grand Prize winners for their renovation of the historic Carnegie
Library of Pittsburgh, the nation's first free public library.
The Sextant Group, a national consulting and design firm specializing in
audiovisual technologies, information technologies and acoustics, and
EDGE Studio architects received the honor from Archi-Tech Magazine at an
awards ceremony held in Orlando FL on June 6th. The award for “Best Project
Under $1 Million” was presented at the InfoComm Conference and Exhibition, the
largest event for the professional AV and information communications industry.
Archi-Tech AV Awards honors outstanding examples of the creative and
effective integration of technology into otherwise traditional construction
projects. The awards recognize the accomplishment of all members of the project
team for their work in bridging the gap between design and technology to create
highly functional buildings that integrate the latest in modern technology.
The design, dubbed Interactive UX
(“User Experience”), is a dynamic,
information-rich environment, featuring
displays that enable digital content
and projections to be easily updated
throughout the library, encouraging
the user to explore and engage in library
content and services. Multiple projectors,
large-format LCD monitors, bank of PC’s
and total of 70 feet of LED boards blend
educational, retail, cyber café and experiential environments into public destination.
“I’ve traveled the world surveying current and proposed libraries, and this team is
doing something truly groundbreaking,” says Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Director
Herb Elish. The design has since become a prototype to be implemented system-wide.
The Sextant Group and EDGE Studios have
teamed together for a number of local projects
with significant audiovisual, information technology
and acoustics challenges, including the historic
Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s Northside, and a research/
office building for Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science
Department. Other local firms participating in the library project
include Maya Design Group, AZCAR Procom LLC,
LAM Partners, Loftus Engineering and Burchick Construction.
The Sextant Group is known in the industry for expertise in connecting
education with technology in the learning space, from crafting sophisticated
audiovisual systems, to the design and engineering of robust information
technology infrastructure, to creating high performance acoustical environments
and solutions. Projects include design for institutions of higher education,
medical, corporate, government, institutional, performing arts, broadcast, and
sports & recreation.
CLICK HERE to read the full ARCHI-TECH Magazine article.
The Sextant Group is the award-winning technology consulting firm specializing in the design and specification of architectural and environmental acoustics, audiovisual systems, IT, telecommunications, security, and architectural lighting. Clients include education, medical, corporate, government, institutional, performing arts, broadcast, and sports & recreation, on over 1000 projects for more than 500 owners in 42 states and 11 countries.