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Grand Prize Conference Room:

National Association of Realtors
Executive Boardroom, Chicago, Illinois

Grand prize winning conference room showing side-by-side Sony plasma displays in raised position for vidoeconferencing

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is the world’s largest trade organization, with 1,700 chapters and more than 730,000 members. The NAR communicates constantly with its vast network of constituents, and much of that communication is done from its exquisitely designed, technologically up-to-the-minute Executive Boardroom, located in downtown Chicago.

The room’s centerpiece is a burled-walnut conference table that seats 16, and an impressive array of presentation technology recessed into the walls, ceiling and furniture, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Recessed covers in the conference table flip up to provide meeting participants with full connectivity to the corporate LAN, Internet, projector or dual plasma screens. If participants want to use the room’s projector, both a screen and the projector emerge from the ceiling, and blackout shades descend to cover the windows. Need to conduct a videoconference?  Push a button on the control panel and two side-by-side plasma screens emerge from the credenza, translucent window screens descend to diffuse the outside light, and fluorescent lighting specially designed to cast a soft glow on meeting participants is automatically activated. The twin plasma screens can be used for anything form side-by-side document comparisons to two-way videoconferencing and video.

This impressive combination of technological savvy and architectural ingenuity is what earned the NAR’s Executive Boardroom this year’s Grand Prize. Our congratulations go out to everyone involved in building this superior facility.


Architect: RGI Inc., 312.329.0061
System designer/dealer/integrator: United Visual, Inc. 630.467.1500


AMX (Panja) Axcent control system

Sony PFM-510A1WU 42-inch plasma screen (2)

Draper 100-inch Signature tensioned electric screen

SoftBoard 201PC electronic whiteboard

PictureTel Concorde 4500ZX videoconferencing system

IRP TCA-6842 audioconferencing system

AudioTechnica AT845R built-in microphone (18)

JBL Control 24CT ceiling speakers (8)

JBL Control 19CST subwoofers (2)

Extron Matrix 16x16 switcher

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