As you walk into the new SKLZ facility, you’re struck by its open architecture. Carved out of a large warehouse structure, the spaces have high ceilings, big windows and few walls. For example, there’s a Sharp LED monitor behind the receptionist’s desk, and it can play welcome messages and company promotional and instructional videos – but as likely as not, it’s showing the biggest game or sporting event going on in the world that day. The same is true of a 9’ x 14.5’ projection setup in the visitor area.
The first floor also includes a photo studio that allows the company to shoot still images and videos of athletes using its products. Included in the studio is a projector and 12’ x 16’ screen, often tuned to the day’s big game but also available for the room’s secondary use as a meeting space.
The offices and work spaces are located on the second floor, together with a “Nourishment Area” and four conference rooms. The biggest of these, the “Skybox,” occupies the second story of a glass and steel open-topped structure, set on giant casters in the open visitors’ area. Its large, floor-to-ceiling windows provide a birds-eye view of what’s going on in the company and next door at the EXOS training facility.
A highlight of the Skybox is a 5’ x 9’ motorized dnp Supernova projection screen that drops down out of the ceiling on nearly invisible steel cables. “It looks like a large flat screen floating in the center of one of the windows,” says Steve Gordon, an account executive for Diversified’s San Diego office. “The mechanism is hidden by an I-beam just below the roof, so all you see is the screen and its two-inch black borders. It’s a really great effect.” In addition, there’s a 3500-lumen projector mounted in the back of the room and four SoundTube RS500i pendent speakers hanging down over the table. It’s a very clean look and the projected images are superb.
The Supernova technology is unique in that it provides a gain of 2.0 but with a very wide viewing angle and good control of ambient light. “It was the obvious choice in this environment, given that there are no curtains on the Skybox windows,” Gordon explains. “Another benefit is that it offers a very high contrast ratio, and that allowed us to use a lower lumen projector for a more cost effective solution.”