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Winner: Discovery Communications

by CEI

Discovery Communications chose Communications Engineering (CEI) to complete turnkey project services for the design and construction of its new Discovery Creative & Technology Center.

The project consisted of relocating the 24-hour production operation to a 54,000sq ft renovated office space. A key design directive was to configure the nonlinear suites for greater creative and scheduling flexibility. The main concerns were providing a large amount of heat generation and dissipation and maintaining the support equipment for individual suites in close proximity to the suites. The solution involved creating two medium-size equipment cores as the heart of the structure.

Key technology: Acoustic Systems custom booths, ADC jackfields, Belden cable, Dolby E decoders and interfaces, Evertz VistaLINK HD-SDI DAS, Gefen fiber-optic cables, ISIS ARS-204 switchers, Leitch AES/EBU router and master clock, Sony BVM20GIU, BVM “D”, and PlasmaPro flat-panel monitors, Sony HDCAM, Sony downconverters, Studio Technologies Studio Comm Surround monitors and mic panels, Tektronix multiformat generators and Waveform monitors, Thomson Grass Valley Trinix and Concerto routers, NVISION data router, Yamaha digital mixing consoles.

Runner-up: CNBC

by The Systems Group

Key technology: Miranda Kaleido K2 multi-imagers, Avid iNEWS Newsroom system, Leitch NEO frame synchronizer, Thomson Grass Valley Profile servers, Contentshare, NewsBrowse, NewsQPro, NewsEdit workstations, Trinix router, Sony MVS-8000 production switchers, BVP-950 studio cameras, DVE systems and CRT monitors, Calrec Sigma 100 digital audio consoles, Hydra networking system, Clarity digital projectors, Pinnacle Systems FXDeko, Systems Wireless 48-channel mics, Enco central file server with DADPro32 workstations.

Runner-up: CBC

by Miranda Technologies

Key technology: Miranda Imagestore automation, Densite converters and Das, iControl control and monitoring, Kaleido-K2 display processors, Barco rear-projection cubes, Omneon Spectrum media servers, VertigoXmedia graphics automation, Vertigo CG, Thomson Grass Valley Trinix 256×256 router, Encore control system, Encoda automation, TANDBERG TV satellite equipment.