Project Description

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Interactive UX (“User Experience”)

Libraries are changing from repositories of physical goods to facilitators of search, retrieval, and collaboration. Forward-looking projects provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary, interactive, collaborative and hands-on education and learning activities for students, researchers and the community at large.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh underwent a major renovation and upgrade of their flagship facility. Multiple projectors, large-format LCD monitors, bank of PC’s and total of 70 feet of LED boards to blend educational, retail, cyber café and experiential environments into public destination were designed and installed.

There are four discrete large-format LCD flat-panel display systems in the entry and open areas. The two Entry Area LCD flat-panel displays measure 40” diagonal. One of the displays is “portrait-style” to support media specifically generated for a vertical aspect ratio. The Accounts Area LCD flat-panel display also measure 40” diagonal. The Open Area LCD flat-panel display measures 32” and is mounted to the backside of a vertical glass “synapse” panel.

Four discrete display systems dominate the Teen Area; one system consists of a pair of small LCD flat-panel monitors, both of which simultaneously display the same information originating from a dedicated desktop computer. The other three display systems are straight-line rear-projection system utilizing LCD video projectors. One of the three rear-projection systems is also provided with a DVD/CD player, video deck, CATV tuner, audio amplifier and loudspeakers.

There are two discrete display systems in the Nerve Center. One system is based on three small LCD flat-panel monitors, all of which simultaneously display the same information originating from a dedicated desktop computer. The other display system is a straight-line rear-projection system utilizing a LCD video projector. An IP-based controller is also provided for the LCD video projector to automate its power on and off functions.

The equipment complement for the Central Control includes a network switch and CATV signal distribution electronics. The network switch creates an isolated LAN dedicated to the control and programming of the IP-based controllers.

Honored by AIA Pittsburgh with 2005 Design Award and Grand Prize Winner, 2006 Archi-Tech AV Awards

Project Details

  • Location: Pittsburgh PA
  • Size: 12,000 GSF
  • Budget: NA
  • Scope of Work: Planning/Design: Audiovisual
  • Year Completed: 2009