For Collins Square, the new Events and Business Centre is designed to cater to small and large scale meetings and presentations for up to 200 people, including public events such as weddings. Located on the Levels 5 & 6 of Tower 2, and as befits a development of this calibre, patrons will have access to modern and intuitive audio visual and video conferencing technology in a luxurious and comfortable environment.

Umow Lai was engaged by the Walker Corporation to provide the audio visual consultancy services associated with this complex and significant component of the development. Involved from the very initial concept and briefing phase’s right through to the completion of the project, Umow Lai worked closely with Walker Corporation and interior designers, Carr Group.

An unusual and distinguishing feature of the new enclave of five office towers is that the tenants can convene in a central meeting place, managed and supported by a dedicated team. This contrasts to the more traditional way of operating whereby businesses provide their own conference spaces in buildings that may be close to one another, or even be adjoining, but operate totally separately.

The variety and functionality of the rooms enables users to adapt them to suit various requirements in terms of size and scope. For instance, the small meeting rooms allow for a wired or wireless connection from a user’s laptop or mobile device to the room’s display screen. Other rooms offer private dining facilities; dedicated, intimate video conferencing capabilities and in the larger seminar rooms, facilities for presentation, informal gatherings and video conferencing.

The Auditorium is the Facility’s flagship room, containing a stunning video wall and high quality audio system. Its integrated flexibility allows the room to be configured in various arrangements to suit the exact requirements of the users, ranging from a 200 seat auditorium to a stand-up cocktail function. Any event held in this room can be recorded, with a DVD or USB drive of the event provided to users at the conclusion of the function.

Regardless of the room type, a consistent and intuitive touchscreen user interface is provided to ensure users can comfortably control the AV system within the space as well as being able to interact with the local environment and facility manager if required. From this single interface, users can also control the room lighting levels, motorised blinds, air conditioning and communicate with support staff for catering requirements or technical support.

Extensive briefing and workshops were undertaken with the various stakeholders to ensure the touchscreen interface met the technical and functional requirements of the project,” noted Simon Umow, an Information Communications Technology Specialist with Umow Lai. “This was considered by all to be a critical aspect in achieving a successful outcome for the project.”