Brookfield Properties’ newly renovated corporate offices, was designed to provide employees, clients and visitors who rent out the space for meetings and conferences robust, easy-to-use and flexible audio and video conferencing, telepresence, and presentation systems.
Brookfield Office Properties is a worldwide commercial real estate developer, owner and manager with its corporate headquarters in New York City’s World Financial District. As a leader in premier office space within the world’s most recognizable high-rise buildings, the company is responsible for defining many of the world’s major skylines from New York to Perth, Australia.
Brookfield Properties’ newly renovated corporate offices, situated in the heart of lower Manhattan, represent a portion of a $250 million renovation project designed to drive tourist traffic to the financial district and support the residential areas and businesses surrounding New York City’s Battery Park.
Technology integrator VCA was selected to work with a third-party consultant to install state-of-the-art AV and control technology in a collection of collaborative meeting rooms and conference spaces on two floors of Brookfield’s newly renovated headquarters. The client wanted to provide employees, clients and visitors who rent out the space for meetings and conferences robust, easy-to-use and flexible audio and video conferencing, telepresence, and presentation systems.
VCA worked under tight time constraints, coordinating with multiple trades to time the installation of equipment around deliveries of conference room and office furniture required for the systems integration.
VCA deployed video screens and processing equipment, sound reinforcement, video conferencing and control systems to varying size rooms ranging from four-person “surfboard” collaboration rooms and 6-person conference rooms, all the way up to 24-person videoconference rooms, a boardroom and a training room.
The centerpiece of the project is a 3-screen by 12-screen interactive video wall residing on the 15th floor’s “technology corridor,” which uses a series of cameras to detect visitors and changes content automatically based on the person’s position in the hallway. A 15th floor café also includes display screens and sound reinforcement.
The end result is a technology showpiece, conference center and meeting space designed for maximum productivity across borders. In addition to the cultural and economic significance of the project as part of the rebuilding efforts in lower Manhattan following September 11, 2001 and the recent completion of the Freedom Towers construction, Brookfield Office Properties’ corporate headquarters exemplify the next phase of global collaboration through telepresence. In a city connected, businesspeople can reach out to partners, clients and colleagues across the globe through high definition video and crystal clear audio for sales, creative collaboration and training.