From Imagination to Integration: RealPage AV Design

October 2, 2018 by Andrew Wilson

In 2015, RealPage announced their intent to consolidate their North Texas operations into a massive 400,000 SF complex within the Richardson Telecom Corridor. Working with the customer, Ford submitted a preliminary design for a dozen standardized room types that best fit the customer’s work flow, enabled the architect to move rooms around and provided scalability over their two phase deployment. Once approved, Ford and the customer worked in tandem to refine technology choices with onsite product demonstrations.

By April 2016, Ford commenced phase one installation. Through the remainder of the year, Ford worked ahead of RealPage’s four-wave employee move-in schedule to ensure the rooms were installed, tested and completed prior to occupation. As the calendar turned to 2017, RealPage initiated phase two of the installation with immediate upgrades and scalability to existing rooms. Due to the ground work being laid in the design portion of the job, Ford was able to complete the upgrades in a timely and efficient manner.

By February 2017, the Video Village was near completion. Designed by Ford’s Mike Jarnagin, the Video Village is the central video production and studio for RealPage. The area utilizes a full green screen¬ cyclorama wall, five editing bays, four webcasting rooms, two control rooms and a sound studio. Connected via fiber, the Video Village is able to broadcast and control live productions from the auditorium or boardroom.

During the summer of 2017, the campus auditorium designs were finalized, resulting in an additional boardroom added to the space. Ford was challenged to create a space that would showcase a dynamic presentation environment for live video productions and RealPage’s Global Town Hall events . By fall, the final designs were approved and installation commenced. The auditorium features a 16’ by 9’ Absen 4K LED video wall with 1.5mm pixel pitch. Flanking the video wall are four 86” 4K displays on motorized rotating mounts. In case of overflow, the lobby was fitted with speakers and 4K displays. The room was completed by April 2018 for first use.

From early discussions, RealPage leadership expressed a desire at the ability to reach out in one singular presentation and direct live discussions between the Richardson headquarters and global offices. Ford designed the rooms to utilize the Oblong Mezzanine system so that corporate leaders have viewing of all international remote locations during a global town hall meeting where all sides can present and discuss in an open forum.

Due to the working rapport established between RealPage and Ford, the two also collaborated on projects for the RealPage facilities in Greenville, SC and Costa Mesa, CA.

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