The Mission

AvidXchange™, a leading FinTech provider of accounts payable and payment automation for midsize companies, wanted the design of the collaboration spaces in its new Charlotte, NC campus to reflect the concert experience of venues in the AvidXchange Music Factory. The goal was to add collaboration to their new campus to support an innovative culture for current employees and attract new high performers.

AvidXchange purchased the naming rights to the Music Factory in 2015 because the company feels passionate about the innovation that a strong music community brings to the city of Charlotte. It took many cues from the local venues in the selection of the unique and creative “collaboration stairatorium” layout. To add this unusual collaboration space and more to their new headquarters, AvidXchange relied on Katalyst and IVCi, an innovative AV integrator with over two decades of experience.

The Design 

The architect on the project, LS3P Associates, produced the “stairatorium” concept and implementation with auditorium seating and a staircase between floors. Then, to enable a productive collaboration environment in this space and create the live concert experience of the AvidXchange Music Factory, IVCi designed a solution ideal for dynamic interaction. With hardwood stairs from the second to first floors for stadium seating, a balcony, side wings, and even a lounge area located directly behind the stage with its own display panels to accommodate overflow, this layout was the perfect arena for lively company discussions.

As a sizable video wall was needed for optimal viewing across this massive area, a best-in-class video wall solution from Planar® a Leyard Company was selected for its exceptional processing power and low heat and noise output.

The overall design included a fully integrated, touch screen control system for managing the large format video wall, digital signage, video conferencing, and steerable full-frequency loudspeakers. To engage audience members, the Catchbox®, a microphone located inside of a cushioned square box, was purposely picked so it could be playfully tossed around.

In addition to the “collaboration stairatorium,” IVCi also designed 20 other types of collaboration spaces around the campus. They all used Cisco technology, including the large, divisible training room. This flexible area was constructed to be functional and accommodate many different workflows including breakout groups, individual sessions, and round table discussions.

The Solutions 

  • A revolutionary “collaboration stairatorium” with a video wall and steerable, full frequency loudspeakers
  • 3D Modeling for visually representing the space
  • Fully integrated, touch screen control system
  • Digital signage
  • Video conferencing
  • 20 collaboration types including: conference rooms, elevator and wall displays, executive boardroom and display, divisible training room, and others

The Challenges

  • Acoustical reverberation in an open area with high ceilings
  • Assembling a 4 x 4 ft. video wall, positioned 15 feet high
  • Obstructed pathways created difficulties with cabling

“Creating a revolutionary ‘collaboration stairatorium’ in an open area with high ceilings presented many challenges,” said Robert Mathews, CTS-D, IVCi’s Collaboration Strategist. “Using 3D Modeling to visually represent the experience in the space for the AvidXchange Executives, prior to construction, enabled us to efficiently demonstrate the value of the technology and workflow. For example, acoustical reverberation was a significant problem; therefore Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers were selected via their 3D acoustical EASE modeling analysis. This positioned the steerable line array and subwoofer for the best possible performance.”

Also, assembling the four-by-four foot video wall, positioned 15 feet high, required the use of ladders and lifts, and there were obstructed pathways so cabling was difficult.

IVCi Stairatorium

The Results

  • The “collaboration stairatorium” reflects the concert experience and supports spontaneous, lively company discussions.
  • Adding collaboration to the new technology campus to support a high energy, innovative culture and attract talent.

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IVCi Stairatorium audience

IVCi IMG_3146The completion of this new technology campus is a major milestone in AvidXchange’s growth story, proving that Charlotte’s technology community is burgeoning, attracting amazing talent from across the country and rivaling the innovative campuses of the West Coast.

“Our new technology campus supports our high energy, collaborative, and innovative culture for our current employees, and will be a wonderful asset for us as we expand our employee base with additional high performers,” stated Todd Cunningham, SVP of Human Capital and Talent Management for AvidXchange. “We recruit nationally, and have attracted talent from Silicon Valley, Boston, and other top technology hubs in the country with our unique and vibrant culture.  The new campus design will help our recruiters tell the story of who we are as a company as they tour candidates through our impressive space, especially the stairatorium.”

About IVCi 

With over two decades of experience in the collaboration industry, IVCi focuses on the successful deployment of collaboration solutions by providing services that aim to align technology with business goals and objectives. Whether collaborating from a state-of-the-art conference room or joining a video meeting on-the-go from a tablet, IVCi ensures that every collaboration session is a success.

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