Vancouver, BC’s La Scala was tapped to bring their expertise to this sprawling job, which called for integration of a 25,000-square-foot home and its outbuildings and guest house. The result was a robust and intuitive system that serves the needs of the whole family as well as frequent guests.
La Scala’s work earned them the Level V Silver Technical Design Award in the Best Integrated Home category in CEDIA’s 2011 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition.
The project was being developed over 30 acres and was inspired by old-world European architecture and interior design. La Scala was to manage the required technologies to run this 25,000-square-foot home, outbuildings, and guest house while keeping the aesthetics clean, authentic, and to character. The electrician was contracted to do electrical, Lutron, and blinds. La Scala was to bring together all subsystems with ease-of-use and dependability for a family of four as well as frequent guests.
The scope of the project was to integrate all subsystems throughout the home, including:
• Pool and spa
La Scala supplied 10 media centers, including exercise TV displays, media rooms, home theaters, 32 zones of audio, a music server, four HD PVRs, Apple TV, Mac Mini, and DVD. Additionally, the system included two gaming plates for the playroom and the theater. La Scala delivered two full theaters, including one 10-seat theater with 7.1 and a 123” perforated masked screen, and the other with scissor-lift projection and a 100” retractable screen.
The system includes five remote processors for alarm, lighting, boat house, hot tub, and HVAC, with a total of 13 processors. La Scala interfaced with 176 security points, including the beach house, with full control from any touch panel of the primary residence and beach house, with zone status on a floor plan. The system also included 36 HVAC zones with full thermostat control and feedback through AMX touchpanels; 14 cameras including four PTZs with full pan, tilt, and zoom control; and 126 lighting loads and 23 shades through scene sets and/or direct control for both touch screens and handhelds. All cameras are accessible through IP for online viewing and control.
Other devices controlled included 14 fireplaces, a hot tub, independently controlled heated spa chairs, lap pool and cover, infinity pool, steam room, gas lamps, water features, and 12 water sensors. All systems are remotely accessed for reboot and control. Power management includes UPS and high-level surge control for electronics due to the rural setting.
The scissor lift for the Runco projector employed custom-fabricated housing, requiring engineering and visual detailing. This project was almost five hours away, which presented a challenge in terms of preparedness and crew logistics. In addition, with the exception of the entertainment and control, all subsystems were done by others, which added complexity to this project, as did the intermittent availability of the homeowner, protracted timelines, and detail-centric expectations.
There was very little space for the racks, with a half rack located in a vertically challenged attic, making access and onsite work difficult. The size of the property was a challenge, with cameras, outbuildings, intercoms, and gates many hundreds of feet away. The home spanned 230 feet end-to-end, over several floors.
Integration & Automation Highlights:
The HVAC system was very complex. The control system was the only access for client interface. La Scala controlled all temperature requirements and feedback for 36 zones with programmable thermostat functionality, including temperature range for heat and cooling. The client was given one button to easily turn on and synchronize adjacent room TVs, which included a TV lift. The level of detail was remarkable in this home. Specific set points were required for spa, pool, hot tub, and spa chairs.
La Scala worked with a high level of attention to detail to conceal and integrate the technology, including hidden TVs in an armoire, lifts, mirrors, and a retractable screen. The old-world European charm of this home was maintained while offering an incredible level of sophistication in control.
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