Unique solutions.
Diverse approach.

We’re a group of experts who specialize in IT, audio-visual, communications and security. But even more specialized is how we integrate these disciplines, in order to create the most effective, lean, unified technology solutions. See what we mean, in a few of our recent projects below.


Alouette Correctional Centre

Highlights

This is was the first correctional facility in Canada to go mobile-ops. That is to say, the first facility to adopt a system we designed that integrates all operations into one easy-to-use interface that staff control using fixed touch screens augmented by mobile devices. And it’s the first facility to use a full virtual server environment to improve reliability, resiliency and disaster recovery. We also designed a video wall of TV monitors for the emergency operations centre that can be used as one giant screen or a dozen smaller screens, so that staff can see everything that is important.

Facts

Alouette is a women’s medium and maximum security facility in Maple Ridge. We were the prime technology consultants on this project to integrate the operations and backend systems of the new and existing buildings with an ESCS frontend solution based on Cisco data network and VMware virtualization infrastructure.


BC Centre for Disease Control

Highlights

We completely redesigned and replaced the security systems to meet the needs of a Containment Level 3 centre. CL3 is one of the highest biocontainment certification levels achievable and requires sophisticated security systems including the use of biometric technology.

 

 

 

Facts

BC Centre for Disease Control is the primary public health and diagnostic testing facility for British Columbia. It is responsible for communicable disease testing and control, outbreak and emergency response to communicable diseases, and biosafety and Containment Level 3 programs among many others. It provides provincial and national leadership in public health, and provides support to all levels of government and health authorities.


BC Housing Renewal

Highlights

In the security systems we designed, each of the twelve buildings operates like a hotel, with individual access control for each room that’s reprogrammed for each tenant. A key goal of these systems is to ensure the tenants — often people at risk — are safe and secure, and feel good. Another key goal was to preserve the heritage nature of many of these buildings, for which we used intelligent wireless locks that didn’t require any wiring.

Facts

This $100 million, P3 project encompassed the full renovation of twelve single room occupancy (SRO) hotels on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. These heritage buildings are a hundred-years-old, and needed renovations to provide safe and affordable housing for more than 850 tenants, most of whom are at risk of homelessness.


BC Hydro Data Centre

Highlights

The peak of communications design, this large data centre takes up an entire floor. Our design solution integrated with the raised floor and unique cooling solution to meet operational needs. The centre was designed with N+1 redundancy and includes UPS and generator power backup.

 

Facts

The 540,000-square-foot Edmonds Campus in Burnaby includes three buildings. There, BC Hydro houses its data centre, which services the entire province of British Columbia.


Design & Rendering: KMBR Architects Planners

BC Nurses' Union HQ + Education Centre

Highlights

As a part of the technology solution, we designed the audio visual system for the boardroom, on the whole top floor, to have cutting-edge conferencing facilities. In the centre of the room, there’s a giant, 30-person oval table, and cascading back, are additional desks and seats. Using room design and voice lift technology, we created a system that ensures everyone in the room can be easily seen and heard regardless of their location. There is also a special communications system that enables the support staff in the back to be in direct, discrete communication with individual people seated at the main table.

Facts

A $18.76 million expansion and renovation to BCNU’s headquarters. In the new five-storey, 32,722-square-foot expansion, the first two levels are now a state-of-the-art education centre with content sharing, the third and fourth levels are offices, and the top floor is a large boardroom.


City of Burnaby Telecommunications

Highlights

After doing a thorough analysis of their business requirements and strategic vision, we developed a plan and business case for a new telephony strategy. Council passed the strategy, and we replaced the city’s many disparate systems with one, integrated, IP telephony platform that’s used by everyone, and that has over 2,500 telephone sets with exceptional reception and voice quality.

Facts

The City of Burnaby was faced with obsolescence of their various different, stand-alone phone systems. So we assessed the telecom needs of people in every municipal building, and developed a full telecommunications plan and implementation strategy.


Colony Farm Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Highlights

This internationally acclaimed, state-of-the-art facility is considered one of the most advanced treatment centres of its kind in Canada. This centre treats and rehabilitates individuals who have come in conflict with the law, and are deemed unfit to stand trial, or not criminally responsible due to mental illness. Because the facility’s security needs weren’t being met, we began by identifying all security weaknesses. Then we designed a replacement system to meet their current and future needs that ensures it’s safe for patients, staff and the public.

Facts

This high security, multi-building, 190-bed forensic psychiatric hospital consists of nine clinical units. We did a full assessment of their existing security system, then created a new system from the ground up, with access control, movement control and management, and video surveillance.


Douglas College Health Sciences

Highlights

To ensure that nursing students benefit from the most effective learning methodology possible, including hands-on, scenarios-based training, we helped create four nursing simulation labs each with human patient simulators. Each lab can be configured as an emergency room, operating room, or one-bedroom apartment home health room, so that it looks and feels exactly like the real thing. Laerdal’s SimMan and SimBaby, operated by simulation experts from a broadcast style control room, breathe, bleed and sweat.

Facts

This $36 million, 103,111-square-foot new building at the David Lam Campus focuses on healthcare training. It includes one of the first nursing simulation labs in Canada. The specialized audio visual design incorporates an immersive, high-fidelity system with instant audio and video playback of the training session. This model was intended to augment the training gap between nursing labs and nursing practicums. We also provided security and communications consulting.


Douglas College WiFi

Highlights

The wireless solution provides 100% coverage on the campus including outdoor gathering areas, and has capacity not only for students and teachers, but for guests and BYODs (bring-your-own-devices). Usually, a system becomes too slow when that many users are on it, but we accounted for the sufficient number of devices per user and room for further growth. We also designed for 2N redundancy and employed hybrid mesh wireless technology, which means WiFi is always available.

Facts

We analyzed all of Douglas College’s technology systems, then created a strategy that includes Wi-Fi, telephony, centrally managed audio-visual systems, LAN architecture, and electronic security with access control, video surveillance and intrusion/theft detection.


Photography: Ihor Pona

East 3 School and Community Centre

Highlights

In Inuvik, you can’t just pack students up in the winter, and go on a field trip. But no child should have fewer opportunities just because they’re in a remote community, so we created a technology solution with interactive touch displays and video conferencing to bring the world to them. With this project, because it’s in of the most northern towns in Canada, the accessibility, transportation and assembly were a special challenge. So much of the equipment was assembled and programmed in Edmonton, then floated up the Mackenzie River, flown into Yellowknife or driven up on the ice roads, then installed on-site.

Facts

The largest build ever commissioned by the Government of the Northwest Territories, this centre includes an elementary school, high school and community centre. We designed the technology for the new 129,000-square-foot facility, which include a data network, telephony, cable plant, security and audio-visual systems.

 


Electronic Arts HQ

Highlights

Any system for Electronic Arts needs to be bleeding-edge. The giant HD theatre included systems almost no one had experienced before. The meeting rooms, mostly used for game testing, included giant screens, surround sound, and state-of-the art, immersive, dual-screen video conferencing to enable people to work with other studios around the world. We also designed an Electronic Arts internal TV system, so they could broadcast live content throughout their entire network, to all workstations and common areas, and keep everyone connected.

Facts

We designed the audio visual systems at EA’s Burnaby campus including eighteen meeting rooms, each equipped with high-resolution AV systems that enable them to collaboratively test current and future games; and a professional-grade, high-definition, 300-seat theatre equipped with digital surround sound.


Grand Villa Casino

Highlights

Given the highly competitive casino market, every new casino sets a new standard in immersive entertainment. As part of the technology solution, we designed dynamic audio-visual systems that helped attract and retain patrons to this exciting casino, hotel and convention centre. These AV systems include nearly 100 video displays, a live performance theatre audio and special-event projection system in the show lounge, and a background music / paging system – all of which can be controlled by staff through an interactive touch screen.

Facts

This cutting-edge entertainment facility is home to a sprawling, 100,000 square feet of gaming space over two floors, a four-star Delta hotel, and a 20,000-square-foot convention centre, along with lounges, restaurants and a live performance venue. In addition to the audio visual design, we engineered the communications solution to support 13 physically diverse networks.


IBM Centre

Highlights

We designed the communications cabling infrastructure for this 2,300-square-foot data centre, which houses special computational clusters needed for software development. Our design was based on TIA industry standards for data centre design, and was enhanced to meet IBM’s unique needs.

Facts

This 65,000-square-foot centre in Burnaby includes IBM’s Centre for e-Business Innovation, the Business Objects centre of competency, a data centre and the Pacific Development Centre, a national training facility for internal and external professionals.


Lakes District Hospital

Highlights

As part of this project, we designed a technology solution that supported the Province’s Telehealth: a specialized video conferencing solution that enables patients in remote communities to consult with specialists in urban centers without travel time or costs. As part of this project we also designed the security systems and a medical-grade, Cisco network that has built-in redundancy and resiliency to support the delivery of critical acute care.

Facts

This $55 million, design-build health care centre in Northern B.C. provides emergency and acute care services. Our technology solution for this 65,000-square-foot facility included, among other things, CCTV, access control, intrusion, panic duress, patient wandering, data network, Wi-Fi, CATV and video conferencing systems.


Photography: K. Molloy

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Highlights

This multi-award-winning interpretive centre brings to life the story of the Osoyoos First Nations through stunning architecture and state-of-the-art technology. For the Pit House Theatre, for example, we worked with exhibit designers to create an immersive smudge ceremony experience. Set in a tent, the fire in the centre gives out heat and casts a flickering light, while real-sounding, high-fidelity audio and visual of birds and other wildlife envelope visitors in native culture.

Facts

This state-of-the-art interpretive centre was created to celebrate the history of Osoyoos and Canada’s only desert.  The Cultural Centre’s structure was strategically built into a hillside, and accommodates a number of exhibits and interactive stations. Families can enjoy outdoor and indoor exhibits, hands-on displays and education stations, as well as the two multi-media theatres. We designed the audio visual solutions for the theaters and interactive exhibits including several web and soundscape kiosks.


Rendering: DGBK Architects

Okanagan Correction Centre

Highlights

As part of the network architecture, that achieves 99.99% uptime, we employed a full virtual environment in which security servers reside. What that means is that every 128 milliseconds, the backup servers listen for a heartbeat from primary servers, and if it detects that a primary server is down, it switches over instantly to the backup server. Additionally, the primary data centre is backed up by a redundant data centre in a physically diverse location. What this means is that the entire primary data centre could be completely lost to fire without a service interuption.

 

Facts

This $193 million, P3 project will result in the most sophisticated, next generation, maximum security facility in the country. Working closely with Corrections BC, we developed, among other things, the security management model as well as technical requirements for a Cisco-based converged network, network security, physical security, access control with biometric integration, 1,600 camera IP CCTV, incident command centre with giant video wall, and mobility devices to support staff situational awareness.


Pixar Screening Room

Highlights

For this world-class animation studio, we designed a high-fidelity screening room to meet the specific, individual needs of animation experts, executives, producers, directors, crew, staff and test audiences. We designed the elaborate audio-visual and lighting, along with seating and sightline design. We also designed a video conferencing system that enabled the experts in California to collaborate with the crew in the Canadian studio in real time.

Facts

The Collaboration Screening Room at Pixar Canada’s Vancouver office included, among other things, a high-end 3D projection system capable of screening 2D and 3D movies and a Dolby Digital surround sound system that meets or exceeds the sound quality at movie theaters. This high-performance screening room was used by Pixar during production to view movies, and clips of movies, in a setting that is representative of the space an audience would watch the movie in. The projector was calibrated to identically match those in the California studio (for instance to match colors exactly) so that the Vancouver and California team members could be look at the exact same details during their collaboration video conferences.

 


Provincial Transportation Management Centre

Highlights

This post-disaster facility instantly takes over in the case of any emergency that affects transportation—like a flood, hurricane or fire. In the command centre, there’s a massive video wall of eighteen 55” rear projection monitors that can be used for one big window or many small ones to provide visibility into complex transportation systems across a vast province. We also designed a special, highly reliable data centre for the whole B.C. Ministry of Transportation that has an HVAC system that extracts heat from each of the 40 individual racks of servers. This primary operations centre is backed up by a secondary, off premise, operations centre.

Facts

This is a five-storey, $28 million, 100,000-square-foot centralized operations centre. All agencies and centres within the BC Ministry of Transportation joined together including bridges and tunnels, counterflow lanes, tolling, Treo, the call centre, data centre, and the individual regional transportation management groups. It has boardrooms, meeting rooms and office space as well as a large command centre. 


Aspyr / Photographer: Andrew Latreille, Latreille Delage Photography

Sechelt Hospital

Highlights

As part of this state-of-the-art redevelopment, a once-in-a-lifetime project for a community like Sechelt, we designed the technology solution for the hospital including discreet security systems, communications, nurse call, and patient wandering, to keep people safe and secure without them feeling like there’s a security system in place at all.

Facts

As the IMIT and security lead on this $44.1 million acute-care hospital redevelopment, we provided the security system, which includes, among other things, nurse call, duress, Vocera wireless communications, public address, access control, intrusion, CCTV and patient wandering.

 


SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Highlights

In this downtown campus facility, teaching spaces need to transform into gallery spaces then transform again into something else — all with giant, movable white walls that suspend a few inches off the floor on a track system. So we designed a track system on the ceiling that enables SFU to hang whatever technology they need (like lighting or projectors) for one purpose, then move all of the technology around to suit a different purpose. As part of this project, we also designed two parallel networks to support the massive amount of wireless use needed to support the building’s technology (like lighting or projectors) and the facility’s student, staff and guest devices.

Facts

This project was a phased, $31 million, 120,000-square-foot renovation of the historical Woodward’s building that created theatres, studios, film sound stage, sound studio, cinema, video editing suites, optical printing room and other teaching and research facilities. Key features include a 400-seat, flexible, black-box theatre, art gallery and multi-use exhibition areas.


Photography: Matthew Black

SFU Teaching and Learning Technology

Highlights

In order to change the way teachers can teach, providing flexibility and opening up progressive options, we developed enabling technologies that support teaching and learning in classrooms. In lecture theatres, for example, there are giant dual screens, a special monitor in front of professors, touchscreen controls right in the lectern, and a document camera that can project onto to all screens. In order to provide ease-of-use, there are power jacks accessible to everyone, and enough WiFi to accommodate students, instructors and guests.

Facts

We were the prime consultants on the new technology strategy for all advanced learning theatres and classrooms in the Burnaby Campus.


Rendering: Norr Architecture

Surrey Courthouse

Highlights

As part of the technology solution, our design of the security for the high security court room facilitates high risk, high profile trials and keeps people, including the accused, safe. This involves establishing a secure perimeter and security checks of all people entering the secure zone, much like going through airport security.

Facts

This $25 million, 26,900-square-foot addition to and 19,375-square-foot renovation of the busiest courthouse in B.C. includes four-storeys, three courtrooms and seven judicial chambers along with holding cells and hearing rooms.


Aspyr / Photographer: Andrew Latreille, Latreille Delage Photography

Surrey Pretrial Services Centre

Highlights

The technology solution includes an 800+ camera CCTV system, enabling staff to monitor video from operational centres through the use of fixed touch screens, iPads and iPods. At the same time, video analytics constantly analyses those video images, and reveals risks to alert security staff. For example, the system can detect objects thrown over a fence or objects left behind.

Facts

The first major corrections project of its kind, this $90 million, P3, LEED Gold project renovated and expanded a men’s maximum security facility, adding 216 cells. The state-of-the-art technology includes, among other things, security, video courts, access control, facility door control, CCTV, digital video management and perimeter security with thermal imaging and video analytics. We worked closely with Corrections BC to develop the security model as well as technical requirements for all enabling technologies.


Teck Headquarters

Highlights

As part of this office development with high-impact meeting rooms and boardrooms, we designed a world-class, 3D projection theatre. The first of its kind in Canada, it brings complex projects to life for audiences like investors. In the theatre, audiences can see core samples as they’re rotated, dissected and magnified — along with big chunks of earth floating in front of them. The special theatre needed a fire-rated room to house the smart-car-sized, high-definition 3D projectors.

Facts

We designed a state-of-the-art audio visual system for Teck, one of Canada’s largest, diversified mining and mineral processing companies. We designed the systems for their conference centre and fifteen individual HD video teleconference rooms, as well as a 3D projection theatre, executive boardroom and crisis room.


UVic Strategic Telecommunications

Highlights

The solution that was in place, with over 4,000 telephone sets, was obsolete and reaching end-of-life. So we did an analysis of their current system and users’ needs, then provided recommendations based on technology trends and financial implications. We recommended that they move to IP telephony. And that they pursue services with bundled Internet, voice, wired and wireless to get more competitive pricing. The University implemented our recommendations.

Facts

The University of Victoria offers day, evening and distance-education classes to 20,000 students. We assessed their current telephony system, and created a new strategy to accommodate present and future needs of staff, instructors and students.


Vancouver Police Headquarters

Highlights

We provided a full security system for one of the largest municipal police forces in Canada. Several different departments moved from their existing locations to the new, state-of-the-art police headquarters, which was fully reconstructed to meet the police department’s unique needs.

Facts

This $8.8 million, 230,000-square-foot project involved an extensive renovation of a new location for the Vancouver Police Department, as well as renovation to an existing building. The new location included offices, training and meeting spaces as well as very specialized spaces like forensic labs.


VSB Technology

Highlights

The Vancouver School Board had stand-alone systems for telephony and Wi-Fi in each of its 130 sites, which were difficult and costly to maintain. So we created one solution for all schools that’s centrally managed to make it more efficient to operate and maintain. In addition, there’s a flood of “Bring Your Own Devices” coming in to schools, with most students bringing several at a time. So as part of making education more accessible, we increased the WiFi capacity, and planned for 1.5 devices per student. The solution was comprised of Aerohive wireless and Microsoft Lync unified communications, which enabled someone to convert a conversation from a phone call to a web collaboration seamlessly from a device such as a tablet.

Facts

Vancouver School Board is one of the largest school districts in the province. It took over 1100 wireless access points to provide adequate coverage. The wireless and unified communications solution we designed converged 130 facilities across the district, both K-12 and adult education. The solution moves the VSB towards better access to education from any device, from anywhere.


WWII Valor in the Pacific, Pearl Harbor

Highlights

This political and historical site brings in both American and Japanese cultural perspectives of the events in the 1930s that led up to the attack on Pearl Harbor through exhibits rich in artifacts, oral histories and audio visual experiences. Our design of the Attack Theatre features 5.1 surround sound, and three giant screens that work as one, to take visitors through the experience of the chaotic attack as well as the aftermath. Visitors hear the booming sounds of airplanes above, along with the sounds of sonar and airplane tracking devices, and radio communications from the 1940s with real communications chatter.

Facts

The most visited National Park in the USA, the USS Arizona Memorial site is home to a new, state-of-the-art interpretive centre. The centre has 8,000-square-feet of interior exhibit space in addition to 1,600 square-feet of exterior interpretive space. Audio systems through the centre provide information to the public in in five languages through an innovative assistive listening technology, that offers an enhanced audio track for the visually impaired. And the whole centre is completely barrier-free.


YVR Integrated Operations Centre

Highlights

One of the goals of the project was to become a model, internationally, for achieving efficiencies by integrating operations: both in terms of cost-effectiveness and in terms of speed and quality of response. One of the ways we helped them achieve this was by making it easier for them to centrally view information and coordinate efforts. We designed a primary operations, panoramic video wall with sixteen giant screens; an additional video wall for baggage and gates with a dozen more screens; and a third video wall for emergency operations with a dozen screens. We also designed their security systems including a mantrap to maintain the integrity of airport security. These operational improvements result in a safer and better experience for all travelers.

Facts

This new, integrated operations centre is the brains of Canada’s second busiest airport. It consolidates security, emergency operations, baggage and gates and ground transportation into one central space that includes meeting rooms, offices, and a multi-purpose room for training, media briefings and events.

“Solutions are often obvious. Elegant ones rarely are.”

Audio visual

Sight and sound: from collaborative workspaces, to live performance venues and 3D projections.

 

Communications

We should talk: from structured cabling, to data centres and unified communications solutions.

 

 

Information technology

We make sure your network works: from network architecture to wireless solutions and virtualization.

 

Safety and security

We keep you safe and secure: whether you’re a small office or a maximum-security prison.