|Barco received the "Best Lighting |
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Rental and Staging award
Also at InfoComm, Lighting&Sound America, ARCHI-TECH and PRO AV honoured selected design consultants, many of whom utilised Barco products in their installations. The Carolina Herrera boutique at City Centre in Las Vegas, featuring Barco's SLM 12+ projectors, won a 2010 ARCHI-TECH AV award for Best AV project. The ARCHI-TECH AV award is given for outstanding examples of the creative and effective integration of technology into traditional construction projects. David Schwartz of Essential Communications, the designer for the project, accepted the honour, commenting on Barco's solution: "The projectors allowed us to really capture the essence of Carolina Herrera's sophisticated, yet understated brand." ARCHI-TECH deemed it "...the most understated Las Vegas visual opulence to ever hit the Strip." A+I Design Corp and Candela Controls, Inc., which collaborated on the project, were also recognised for their contributions.
Several other AV integrators and consultants that have partnered with Barco over the years also received prestigious "PRO AV Spotlight" awards for projects that included Barco products. Tampa, Florida-based AVI-SPL received the award for "Best Government AV Project (State & Local)" for its New York City Hall Situation Room, using Barco FDR+70-DL cubes and Transform A wall processors/cards. The "Best House of Worship AV Project" was awarded to Mankin Media Systems for The Block, a project using Barco's FLM HD18 DLP projectors.
At the InfoComm/Lighting&Sound America (LSA) Staged Events Awards, three of the top five winners for outstanding staged events held in 2009 featured Barco products. For "Best Overall Staging for a Corporate or Association Event, Technology Budget $50,000-199,999", Riverview Systems Group took home the prize for the Columbia F10 project for the Columbia Sportswear Company in Sunriver, Oregon. The project incorporated Barco's FLM HD18 DLP projectors, a Barco Encore System package, and two Barco ILite 8 LED walls. Freeman, based in Dallas, Texas, won the "Best Overall Staging for a Corporate or Association Event, Technology Budget over $200,000" for its staging of the Miller-Coors Distributors Conference Business Session, held in Las Vegas. The installation included five Barco Encore video processors and ten Barco FLM HD18 DLP projectors. "Best Use of A/V Technology for a Trade Show Booth for a Corporate Client" was awarded to BlueWater Technologies for the GM booth at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The project integrated Barco DX700 processing into six GM divisions, and included a 16 x 9 NX-4 LED wall and 100 NX-6 LED tiles from Barco. The Volt exhibit included a 16 x 9 NX-4 LED wall and 225 Barco MiTRIX LED tiles.
Barco products play an important role in the industry's most unique creative visualisation projects
Just prior to InfoComm, one of Barco's long-time design partners, The Barnycz Group, received a 2010 Merit Award from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) for its American Eagle Outfitters Flagship Spectacular project. Commissioned by American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) for its flagship store in New York City's Times Square, the project featured a 25-story-high, 15,000 square foot digital signage array which broadcasted live images of AEO customers in billboard fashion, giving them a 15-second taste of fame. Barco helped to create the 12-faceted assemblage using 1,441 weather-resistant Barco TF-20 LED panels wrapped around the sides of the building, generating an amazing 3.5 million pixels. Danny Barnycz, founder and President of the company commented: "In Times Square, what we wanted to create for American Eagle Outfitters was a 'canvas' that brings their brand and lifestyle to front and centre. We created a multi-tiered, interactive high definition digital canvas that allows the retailer to dynamically communicate its brands and promote its product offerings." In addition, Chain Store Age awarded the project "Best Retail Store of the Year (Exterior)".
Dave Scott, Sr VP Barco NV & President Barco North America, commented on the awards and Barco's involvement in these diverse projects. "Time after time, we've shown that Barco products play an all-important role in the industry's most unique, creative visualisation projects," said Scott. "The leading designers, integrators and staging companies come to Barco for solutions to help fulfil their visions for clients, knowing that we have the right gear to meet their goals. InfoComm 2010 provided a wonderful stage for us to demonstrate not only our accomplishments, but our commitment to innovation for this exciting industry as we congratulate our partners."