Unity Church was founded in 1871 in Oak Park, IL. In 1905, a lightning strike started a fire which destroyed the wood-framed church. A young architect named Frank Lloyd Wright was then brought in to design the new Unity Temple. Wright was living in Oak Park at the time and also came from a family of Unitarians. The Temple was completed in 1908 and is considered by many architects to be the first modern building in the world.
Pentegra Systems collaborated with Talaske Consultants to install an audiovisual, security and data network design build solution. Given the aging nature of Unity Temple and the timeless historical aesthetic of the facility, the newly installed technology had to be as inconspicuous as possible. The challenge was to enhance the technology in and around this building to give it all the modern day functionality of a fully integrated, multi-discipline system. This all had to be done without sacrificing the classic motif and overall look of both the interior and exterior of Unity Temple.
Pentegra Systems installed an extensive audiovisual solution for Unity Temple. Spaces such as houses of worship need the proper technology when presenting to audiences of varying sizes. The congregation needs to be able to see and hear what is going at all times and this can be accomplished with the appropriate technologies. At the heart of the audio portion of this A/V installation is a state of the art digital mixing system. This mixing system controls and manages all of the sound from within the temple. Pentegra installed a microphone system and mechanically steerable ultra compact line array speakers using equipment that could easily be hidden or concealed to maintain the overall aesthetics of the temple. With this improved sound system, everyone within the temple can hear the preacher and the music clearly. On the video side of this project, a projection system was installed. A top of the line digital laser projector was installed on the north end of the temple with a projection screen. This projection system is used to display the feed captured by the multi-purpose HD network camera to record the sermon to make it easier for all in attendance to watch. This projection system has full video playback and recording capabilities. The projector can present various images, presentations, videos, etc. simply and easily.
Security is a top priority when it comes to historical landmarks such as the Unity Temple. Pentegra’s security solution included intrusion detection, access control, digital video surveillance and audio video intercom. The intrusion detection system includes motion detectors and door contacts that signal an alarm if triggered during off hours or whenever the system is activated. This alarm system is monitored 24/7 via internet connection and is easily controlled and managed through user-friendly wall mounted touch screen keypads. A card access control system was installed to manage access to specific areas of the temple. This expandable system maintains a continuous activity log to keep track of what doors are opened, when they are opened and by whom. Pentegra integrated this system with the intrusion detection for convenience. For example, when a designated user’s card is swiped, it can deactivate the intrusion detection to prevent unnecessary false alarms. Select electronic door locks installed with the access control are also integrated with an audio video intercom system that helps determine whether an outsider can be let into Unity Temple. A visitor can communicate via the intercom function while the camera transmits a live image of the visitor to the inside monitor. This intercom door station can be unlocked easily by the master station inside Unity Temple or any IP telephone on demand. To monitor activity inside and outside Unity Temple, IP surveillance cameras were installed. These IP dome cameras keep extra eyes on the grounds internally and externally for potential vandalism and crime. The Network Video Recorder installed also has a DVD recorder to provide evidence for potential incidents. The NVR can be accessed from any computer or mobile device connected to the internet. These three systems were all integrated using the same security management software into one easily manageable and efficient security solution that will help make Unity Temple a safe house of worship for many years to come.
The third aspect of this integrated installation was via Pentegra’s data division. To stay connected in today’s world you need a strong network and of course you need Wi-Fi. Pentegra Systems implemented a network infrastructure within Unity Temple to bring this historic landmark into modern times. Wi-Fi Access Points and hardwired data ports were installed throughout the temple. This equipment and all Ethernet cabling was strategically positioned and executed balancing premium functionality with inconspicuousness. Unity Temple personnel and visitors alike can now access the world effortlessly via Pentegra’s network infrastructure and always stay connected while within the temple.
Pentegra Systems successfully installed a multi-discipline integrated solution consisting of audio, video, data and security technologies that bring the aging Unity Temple into modern technological times. These integrated solutions help improve the everyday operations and safety of this historic facility without sacrificing any of its timeless look both inside and out. Our skilled and expert engineers and installation crew took a historical landmark and injected it with state of the art technology to benefit the temples end users and overall functionality.
Founded in 1947, Golden State Foods has become one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry. In 2014, Golden State Foods opened a new regional headquarters and logistics center in McCook, Illinois, relocating from locations in Lemont and Bolingbrook. This new 152,670 square foot facility is in a well positioned transportation corridor within the west suburbs of Chicago. The new location includes a 17,550 square foot office, a 135,120 square foot warehouse and 52 truck docks as well as a separate on-site maintenance building. Golden State Foods serves over 25,000 restaurants spanning 3 continents. Specializing in the processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce and dairy, Golden State Foods also serves as full-line distribution to the quick service restaurant industry. Golden State Foods’ customers include McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Nestle, Arby’s and Taco Bell.
Pentegra Systems was challenged on the design side to create a complete design build integrated low-voltage system to satisfy all the needs of Golden State Foods. We met with GSF personnel across the nation to identify and ensure all necessary needs were going to be met. Pentegra collaborated with the architects of this project, going back and making changes to the initial plans to ensure this design build would seamlessly be incorporated into the facility. Through this teamwork, the ultimate goal was for this brand new facility to become the Regional Headquarters and Logistics Center for Golden State Foods.
Pentegra Systems and Golden State Foods wanted to make an impression with employees and visitors from the start, from the moment they set foot in the high end lobby area. We designed and installed an impressive customizable 4 flat panel display video wall to show off the latest and greatest Golden State Foods news, information and content. To enhance the experience of GSF employees throughout the entirety facility, we installed flat panel monitors in the boardroom, meeting rooms, break room and several offices. These fully customizable flat panels deliver important company information, display presentations as well as act as a source for digital signage. All displays are incredibly user friendly touch panels with iPad controls. Pentegra also supplied Golden State Foods’ Customer Experience Center with flat panel displays thus making it a fully interactive area to present, demonstrate and entertain their high profile clientele.
To facilitate the safety and security of this modern day facility, Pentegra Systems needed to design and install a fully integrated security system. We started by collaborating with Golden State Foods on the locations where video surveillance was an absolute necessity. The outcome was the installation of 90 Avigilon IP Security Cameras. With these cameras, GSF can monitor all activities within their facility, office and warehouse areas as well as the entire perimeter of the premises. This surveillance system was integrated with an RS2 Access Control System. Installed on 30 doors, Golden State can grant and restrict access to employees, vendors and suppliers with the greatest of ease. To effectively manage visitors, an EasyLobby system was installed printing badges for visiting personnel and is active for that day until the contents of that badge fade rendering it invalid from that point forward. The authorized access of personnel is crucial, but the authorized access of incoming vehicles to a transportation hub such as GSF is as well. Golden State Foods’ incoming semi-trucks now use the newly installed video intercom system to communicate to the front office to gain entry, opening the swing gates to gain access into Golden State Foods.
As part of this design build project, Pentegra Systems installed the main distribution frame (MDF) for the communications infrastructure. The backbone data cabling of this project consisted of fiber-optic cabling to 3 intermediate distribution frame deposits. These IDFs were strategically located through the facility to ensure every area of the facility was connected. Pentegra Systems was also in constant communication with the corresponding utility companies to ensure the proper utility feeds were being brought in to supply power. We ran all voice and data cabling throughout the entire facility to establish constant connection and ensure quality incoming and outgoing communication functionality. Through the completion of this project, Pentegra Systems delivered top-of-the-line technology befitting a modern day company headquarters such as Golden State Foods.
Pentegra Systems combined a brand new cutting-edge facility with state of the art technology. This project brought to fruition an audio visual system that enhances both the employee and visitor experience. Golden State Foods’ new data system connects all personnel to one another as well as enabling communication possibilities to anywhere that their business takes them. The video surveillance effectively monitors the mammoth facility while the access control system ensures a secure facility with only authorized personnel and transport. The unrivaled expertise of Pentegra Systems will ensure the professional maintenance and assistance for all of Golden State Foods’ integrated systems to ensure and continue the best quality and fulfill their greatest potential.
Marquardt School District 15 is rapidly growing and changing. Situated in Glendale Heights in DuPage County, Illinois, the District serves four communities and includes approximately 2,700 students in four elementary schools, as well as Marquardt Middle School.
District 15 is a leader in integrating technology and communication systems into learning environments. The District is committed to using technology as an “authentic learning tool” in classrooms. Administrators chose Pentegra Systems as their IBM business partner because of our extensive technology expertise and our consistent record for delivering effective solutions to the District.
The District’s long-term plan includes implementing unified web-based learning tools for students and teachers. This required thoughtful design and implementation of their data network. To adequately support the ambitious one-to-one computing project, the network would require powerful, state-of-the art servers.
Marquardt developed their system around a private cloud intranet. To function seamlessly with the district’s cloud-based applications and data, each user’s experience and access would have to be identical across devices.
To accommodate the ever-increasing computer processing and storage needs of Marquardt’s web-based learning tools, Pentegra Systems collaborated with the District’s IT staff on a selection of robust IBM xSeries servers and the DS series SAN.
We installed innovative and cost-efficient IBM xSeries servers, which offer breakthrough architecture for processor performance, memory capacity, expandability, redundancy and reliability. The xSeries consistently provides the exceptional performance needed to bring District applications into the cloud.
We also consulted with IBM system engineers to ensure the proper and most productive configuration for our client’s needs. Moreover, IBM worked with us to stay within Marquardt’s budget.
Throughout the school year, the District benefits from Pentegra’s expert installation and system management. It also benefits from IBM xSeries servers and IBM DS storage systems, as well as IBM’s performance, engineering, flexibility, reliability, service and cost effectiveness.
The xSeries 3000 multi processors, expandable memory and hard drives allow the District to preserve their investment, even as processing and storage needs exponentially increase over the years. Their data infrastructure is robust, expandable and flexible to meet future needs. IBM proved to be a reliable and efficient partner, with open standards when Marquardt required servers to have 10Gb connectivity to their existing LAN and WAN.
Since implementation, Marquardt has become a recognized leader for successfully incorporating advanced technology into education. In fact, many District 15 schools have received Academic Excellence Awards for significant student achievement in math and reading test scores.
Standardized systems and centralized management of IBM solutions by Pentegra Systems allows for consistency within the schools, and frees up time for teachers, staff and students to focus on education. The partnership between Marquardt, Pentegra Systems and IBM is strong, as each entity provides an essential component to integrate leading technology with education.
“We are always looking for platforms to fit the application. We were looking for a server to support the Helix Media and couldn’t find anything. Then IBM came out with the X5 and it was like they read our minds. It was a perfect fit.”
Marquardt School District
“Expandability and the ability to add memory, hard drives and extra processors allow us to increase performance by maintaining our investment.”
Director of Technology
Marquardt School District
The National Hellenic Museum was the first in the country dedicated to the historical achievements and creations of ancient and modern Greeks. The classical ideals of Hellenism involving humanism, reason, the arts, moderation and civic responsibility were at the core of the design and construction of the 40,000 square-foot building hosting everything from exhibition spaces to meeting areas and a library. RTKL, a renowned architecture, engineering and creative services organization, was commissioned to design the AV, data and security technology in addition to the architectural design of the new facility.
The new facility necessitated leading audio-visual solutions to adequately convey the rich media collections and the extensive archive of oral histories in the collections of the National Hellenic Museum.
The materials selected to incorporate throughout the museum – limestone and glass – created a challenging acoustic environment for employing sound reinforcement systems. Stable system performance relied on calculated placement and adjustment as well as optimization of the audio system digital processors.
We worked closely with the technology consultant as well as manufacturers to improve system-wide performance, influencing some of the originally designed components. To deliver the National Hellenic Museum’s extensive collection of media history with efficiency and functionality, we implemented a digital signage system, first seen by visitors upon entering the museum.
The exhibits, collections and artifacts within the museum were protected by the installation of an optimal security system. This was achieved through network surveillance cameras as well as an intrusion detection system that integrates with the access control system, providing flexibility to maintain both a secure facility and a 24-hour operation.
Pentegra supported the architects and design team to fully realize their vision for the National Hellenic Museum, while recommending adaptations and flexible options where necessary. The project successfully captured the artistic components of Hellenism, enhanced by superior AV systems and structured cabling. State-of-the-art security assured the safety of all the treasures within as well as museum staff and visitors. All the systems provided by Pentegra enjoy maintenance and assistance from the experts at Pentegra, guaranteeing a satisfying, worry-free experience.
Peerless Industries, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of American-made audio-visual solutions. The company’s innovative product line includes flat panel and projector mounts, wireless technology, motorized mount solutions, cables, kiosks, AV furniture and racks and other accessories. Throughout their 70-year tenure, Peerless has maintained its position at the forefront of the industry, introducing new AV technologies that provide operative solutions to meet the needs of the consumers as well as pro markets.
Prior to 2010, Peerless had been manufacturing audio-visual solutions across several international plants. That year, the company made the strategic decision to move the overseas manufacturing operations back to the US, and subsequently consolidate the US plants into one facility in Aurora, IL. The new facility required a systems integrator to design and install all necessary low-voltage systems. These included structured cabling, access control, CCTV surveillance, voice evacuation, paging, A/V, fire alarm, and intrusion systems. The project necessitated the incorporation of new and advanced technologies with an emphasis on IP network-centric solutions.
We redeployed and upgraded the former facilities’ A/V systems in the new conference and training rooms. The systems consisted of a combination of projectors and flat-panel displays with multiple input panels. To overcome the ambient noise generated by the metal stamping machines on the manufacturing floor, we employed a high concentration of Atlas Sound paging horns to allow for audible paging during machine operation.
Because the new 307,000 square-foot facility hosts both Peerless corporate offices as well as manufacturing operations, access control between the various departments was essential to the success of the project. We selected the S2 Security NetBox IP-based security management technology, which can be operated entirely from a web browser. The technology fluently integrates access control, alarm monitoring and video surveillance capabilities in an IP-based, network-ready system. Additionally, the size of the facility, coupled with the need for network reliability, required a purpose-built IP network. To address this condition, we implemented a fiber optic infrastructure with a star topology to eliminate any single point of failure in the IP network.
Lastly, optimal security was achieved through the installation of network surveillance cameras and an intrusion detection system that integrates with the access control system, providing flexibility to maintain both a secure facility and a 24-hour operation.
Pentegra successfully designed and installed a system with the flexibility, reliability and efficiency to accommodate the diverse requirements and demands of the project, allowing for a seamless transition of the Peerless warehouses and offices. The system is supported and secured by the experts at Pentegra Systems, assuring superior quality and ease of everyday use and maintenance.
Northern Illinois University, established in 1899, is a public research university located in DeKalb, Illinois, United States, with satellite centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. Within the University is the Duke Ellington Ballroom, well known for being the site of the ...