The 900-person-capacity Eastwood Event Centre will help the mall attract thousands of additional visitors each week, says Michael Patrone, the event center’s general manager. “This will allow us to generate more traffic to our shopping center. They can stay on property at the hotel and enjoy our amenities while they are here.”
Cafaro installed state-of-the-art audiovisual gear throughout. The facility can be used as one giant ballroom or split into smaller ballrooms and meeting spaces. In each room, the IT team deployed NEC NP-PX2000UL 20000-lumen laser projectors, which are bright enough to illuminate screens even if the room lights are on.
The company also deployed 180-inch Da-Lite projector screens in each room and three 75-inch NEC 4K LED displays. One display is in a meeting space, allowing presenters to share their computer screens or use it as a digital whiteboard; the other two are in hallways outside the meeting rooms.
Cafaro also deployed eight 24-inch NEC LED digital signage displays for the front of the rooms. The smaller displays are used to show welcome messages and event schedules.
Cafaro installed Crestron control panels in each room, allowing event organizers and speakers to easily control the projectors, displays, room lights and speaker volume. It deployed Dell EMC switches to network the audiovisual equipment together and added a new Vertiv Liebert SmartRow rack in its data center to manage the equipment. Cafaro uses ViewSonic content management software on Dell EMC servers to push content to the audiovisual equipment.
“The Crestron control panels are an easy button for presentations,” Kovacich says. “You can play all the same content on all six projectors, or, on the flip side, show something different on each. It’s versatile.”
Overall, business at the event center is going well despite the pandemic, Kovacich says. Since its opening, the facility is booking two to three events per week, including business meetings and a regional dance competition. Its first wedding is scheduled for May.
“The size of the facility accommodates social distancing, so we are going full throttle,” he says.