Often, the types of projects that CCS Presentation Systems works on involve planning, integration and installation of state-of-the-art audio-visual solutions and modern display systems into equally modern new facilities.
But in some cases, we work with older, historical buildings and great care has to go into working on these projects. There are issues of structural soundness, aesthetic touches to consider and overall fit of new A/V units into older buildings.
A recent case in point is our assistance in updating the audio-visual capabilities in the historic Pinal County Courthouse in Florence, Arizona. The historic courthouse, the second on the site, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been in existence for over 120 years.
Built in 1891, this second Pinal County Courthouse is the oldest public building in daily use in Arizona. Inside was a veritable display of old Victorian-era architecture, including metal columns, well-designed lintels and ornamental cornices that add a welcome visual importance sadly missing in today’s modern architecture.
The overall project for the building was to remake the interior and exterior for the County Board of Supervisors, and overall renovations to modernize it were needed.
Here’s a video of some of the interior demolition that was underway inside the historic building:
All the Board of Supervisors’ hearings will now take place in a large conference room that CCS outfitted with a projector screen, microphones for all of the board members and screen displays on the side walls further back in the courthouse for the audience to see from the back of the room.
“What was a crucial part of the project,” said account manager Tony Piowarsy of CCS, ” is that it was such a historic building that we had to be careful how we installed audio-visual solutions to keep the aesthetics of the original building.”
CCS worked with Swan Architects on fitting in the installation during the overall renovation. CCS used black front speakers, black side speakers on both sides of the courthouse, as well as a black projector. Using black for the system components helped blend in with the interior wood better. Working with the architects during the renovation helped save time and money for the CCS A/V systems project. The project team was able to run conduit so it could be hidden and part of the building, rather than seeing exposed power cords on the nice wood beams.
“It was an exciting project to be involved in,” remarked Tony,” and as more older buildings need modernization in the coming years, CCS is ready to tackle some new projects.”