The Ukrainian Institute of America located at Two East 79th Street is the address of one of the most spectacular mansions in New York City. Ukrainian art graces the walls of this breathtakingly ornate facility. In addition, many types of events and programs are hosted here. The concept behind this design and integration was to have technology in the building that could not be seen when not in use, while also having the capability of portability since it is used for various events.
The grand ballroom which is located on the second floor of the Institute has a custom designed in-ceiling Da-Lite 210” projection screen, this flush mounted trap door enclosure gives the screen its stealth appearance. The Panasonic 6500 lumens projector with a zoom lens is located on a ledge above the ballroom’s grand entryway. All of these elements meld seamlessly into this architectural space. We decided to go with a wi-fi web tablet by TabletKiosk that allows for control of the entire system throughout the building. Having a wi-fi tablet is important because the entire space needed to be controlled without installing any keypads or touch panels into this historic building interfering with the magnificent ornate trim and historic look. This was a perfect fit for the TabletKiosk.
Installing an audio system in the institute was another challenge we faced. Designing a portable Bose speaker system that can be set up in a matter of minutes was our solution. We installed small unobtrusive Extron wall plates adjacent to the power outlets to use as a patch point for the speaker system.
The system is comprised of small form factor gear to complete this unobtrusive look. We also installed a Shure wireless microphone system, used for concerts, movie nights, presentations as well as other events. The racks were built into a renovated closet on the third floor that now serves as the AV room. The architectural integrity of this space needed to remain intact, McCann Systems lived up to that challenge in this stunning building.