Article from Issue#49 of AV Mag
Everyone brought their A Game. We’re so proud of these awards. Not because of a big gala dinner and a red carpet, but because they’ve become part of the region’s pro AV landscape, and because they mean something – to win an AVIA is something genuinely significant.
Which is why the finalists really did have to bring their A Games. Each and every short-listed submission was truly outstanding and worthy of being showcased.
The 2015 AVIAs were presented at the end of Day One of the Integrate expo in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in August. The awards follow the InfoComm International reception, and saw our biggest turn out yet – and we thank InfoComm and to this year’s sponsor Samsung.
AV in Education $500k+
Winner: Umow Lai
Project: Jeffrey Smart Building, University of SA
This is Umow Lai’s first AVIA, richly deserved for its work on the Jeffrey Smart Building at the University of South Australia.
Whether it’s the collaborative space, the digital signage, the automated room booking or the outdoor cinema, there’s a 100% adoption rate of the technology provided. The judges considered this ground-breaking project a positive investment that has produced an overwhelmingly positive outcome.
The project has been built from the ground up to incorporate innovations in both the architectural and academic environment through the uses of a range of AV technologies in both the teaching spaces and the entire student connection and interaction with the building. The judges were not surprised to learn that the success of this project is leading to the rollout of similar approaches in the refurb of other buildings and future projects.