The Integration Awards are an annual highlight for the Commercial Integrator team because they not only allow us to celebrate some of the most awe-inspiring, immersive and experiential AV projects that integrators have created over the past year but also enable us to vicariously visit some of these spaces, which might be thousands of miles away.
All year long, our editors solicit, write and publish thought leadership and expert guidance for the integration community, befitting our mission to be the recognized business handbook for technology professionals. This month, it’s all about celebrating how integrators have synthesized outside counsel and internal talent to create experiences that people will never, ever forget.
Just as most integration firms work in a constellation of vertical markets, the Integration Awards cast a wide net. We spotlight everything from more practical, results-oriented spaces like small offices and meeting rooms, to experience-focused attractions like casinos and esports venues, to environments (like higher education and corporate campuses) that are transforming to align with the trend toward hybridization. Different skill sets are needed to serve each vertical well, and it’s a testament to some integrators’ versatility that they’ve earned multiple Integration Awards this year.
Winners are determined by an unbiased panel of judges, each of whom uses independent judgment – free of undue influence – to determine which projects deserve recognition. As always, the judges have no affiliation with or connection to the submitting integrators or any of the clients served.
Judges assess each project across three metrices. They are as follows:
- Installation: This considers all components of the project build-out and installation. Factors include challenges encountered along the way, duration of the project, cooperation among project participants, etc.
- Customer Reaction: This considers all elements of how the solution has been received. Factors include the level of satisfaction expressed by the client liaison, impact on the customer’s organization, increased effectiveness, etc.
- Solution: This considers the solution that the integration company deployed and its relative effectiveness. Factors include the unique features and benefits that the solution offers, as well as its level of tailoring to unique customer needs.
Dan Ferrisi, editor-in-chief of Commercial Integrator, says, “The judges were wildly impressed by this year’s Integration Awards nominees, which collectively reflect a remarkable mix of truly jaw-dropping immersive experiences and practical, highly tailored business and education solutions. Across all the judging criteria – installation, customer reaction and solution – this year’s crop of nominees shone as beacons of what the integration community can achieve. ”
We’ll spotlight the winners over the course of this month on CI’s website. The team at Commercial Integrator commends every nominee for taking the science of systems integration to the level of high art.
2022 Commercial Integration Award Winners:
Best Bars & Restaurants Project: Logic Integration, The Sportsbook Bar & Grill
Best Casino Project: McCann Systems, DraftKings Sportsbook
Best Corporate Campus Project: APG Technology, Jabil New Roosevelt Headquarters
Best eSports Project: Horizon AVL, Kean University eSports Arena
Best Government Project: Trinity Dynamics, Jacob E. Smart Conference Center
Best Healthcare Project: Applied Global Technologies (AGT), Wellstar Wellness Rooms
Best Higher-Education Project: IMS Technology Services, The Whitney Athletic Center
Best Hotel / Hospitality Project: Visual Systems, The Londoner
Best House of Worship Project: Ford AV, Amazing Facts
Best Immersive-Experience Project: Electrosonic, Illuminarium Atlanta
Best K-12 Project: Ford AV, Davis School District
Best Large-Venue Project: Electrosonic, Summit One Vanderbilt
Best Meeting Room Project: VSGi, Williams
Best Mission-Critical Project: Direct AV, West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal
Best Museum Project: Electrosonic, Social Lab – Museum of Tolerance
Best Retail Project: LG Business Solutions, Citizen Watch Herald Square
Best Small-Office Project: McCann Systems, Proscenium Collaborative Studio
Winning projects will be featured over the course of this month on CommercialIntegrator.com and in the July print edition of Commercial Integrator.