Jabil is a prominent figure in the management of advanced technology solutions, global manufacturing and supply chain. It has more than 260,000 employees in 100 locations in 30 countries. Jabil chose St. Petersburg (Fla) as the location for his new world headquarters. The vision was to bring staff together on a modern, environmentally friendly and highly connected campus. The building, however, needed to have attractiveness and technology to facilitate collaboration between Florida and global teams.
Packed with amenities
With 175,000 square feet, this four-story building has office space, conference rooms, cooperation rooms and customer engagement spaces. Amenities include a coffee shop, an IT support service and a state-of-the-art gym.
The APG Technology design team based in Clearwater, Fla. Was hired as a technology consultant for the project. Ultimately, the company was selected as an audiovisual integrator in collaboration with Gensler Architects and Skanska USA. The task of the company was enormous: to conceptualize, design, install and integrate technologies for a company as large and diverse as Jabil.
Jabil wanted cutting-edge technology, so he took advantage of his collaboration with Crestron to deliver technological uniformity. APG Technology worked closely with Crestron to design all the collaboration spaces. The Crestron Flex series was chosen for Microsoft Teams for all collaborative spaces, and Crestron NVX, along with the Crestron Flex series UC Motors, in the meeting room and conference center, allowed for the ability to switch to collaborative meetings with multiple sources and screens.
To ensure user comfort, all touch panels looked the same, regardless of the technology behind each room. Normalization was a key condition. The client wanted all the rooms to feel and function the same way, so he was probably minimizing requests for IT support.
How the relationship grew Between APG Technology and Jabil
Let’s look at how APG Technology and Jabil came together and thus ultimately created a spectacular environment. Jabil contacted APG Technology in late 2017 to build a research, development and development technology facility for its new 40,000-square-foot Innovation Center. Scott Renner oversaw the design of all technology systems, including structured cable, security, and audiovisual technology. Jabil signed the contract in February 2018.
After seeing APG Technology’s commitment to the Innovation Center, Jabil contacted the company again to continue with the design of the new headquarters. The finished product is the end of years of effort, and expresses APG’s passion for excellence. The company’s scope was not limited to a standard structured cable system or a basic conference room projection screen; on the contrary, it involved some of the most advanced, innovative, and complex systems in the industry.
APG Technology’s partnership with Jabil continues today with the completion of the headquarters building. The company has, in fact, been selected to carry out the design and integration of the next renovation of the Jabil MLK Building, which is expected to be completed in 2023.
Go deeper into the details
Clearly, this organizing association has fired on every cylinder, so let’s dig a little deeper into the world headquarters that Jabili serves so well. The design of the project includes multiple rooms with AV integration, including small, medium and large conference rooms; four-way divisible conference center; secure board of directors; fitness center; cafeteria signage; multiple collection rooms; and central security office.
To distribute audio and video within the conference center, the Crestron NVX and Biamp DSP server systems allow any input to be routed to any output. APG technology provided a high-quality sound system, including ceiling speakers, wireless microphones, Crestron UC Engines, and goosleck microphones. Conference rooms for groups The Crestron UC Engines Kit consisted of talks and presentations with Samsung screens and HDMI laptop inputs.
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Executive Board programming allows you to turn off the system completely and reflect the red light on the panel by selecting a secure button on the touch panel. There are two HDMI inputs on the desktop to allow direct connection to 2 × 2 55-inch dual video walls. Input devices also include Apple TV, AirMedia wireless collaboration, and an IPTV tuner.
The fitness studio features 55-inch Samsung screens with a separate audio system for IPTV, Apple TV and class instruction, with a wall-mounted dock and Bluetooth inputs. The 43-inch Samsung’s seven-screen coffee shop features a digital music system with digital signage menu boards and hanging speakers. A new IPTV head was fitted with a fiber loop that connects the buildings, allowing IPTV to be adapted to the adjacent buildings. Some A 99-inch Crestron room was installed with 99 touch panels installed at each conference site.
The complete sound masking system consists of a 355 Lencore hanging speaker, 58 ceiling speakers, six OP processor rack units and a 2, 3 and 4 level sound masking head.
Working on kinks
The two main spaces in the new facility — the conference center and the boardroom — had some kink to fix. The conference center touch panel did not allow the main part of the UC Engine to be changed. The client was asked to place the room in a variety of combined situations: 4 × 4, 2 × 2, 3 × 1 and all combined. Meetings were held with IT staff to meet this goal and determine the best way to meet customer needs.
The easy-to-integrate solution for APG Technology was to monitor the HDMI input of the NVX associated with the UC Engine output. When UC Engine wakes up, video sync is detected and the entire system is turned on. The integrator created a splash sheet that appears after selecting the room control button and added the room combination mode.
In the meeting room, the client did not want to wake up the video conferencing camera and start sharing the video until it was time. It also had to be implemented at the convention center.
APG Technology met with IT staff to provide customized UI solutions. This allows Jabil to turn the cameras on and off, which will be turned off when a meeting starts.
When the meeting begins, the customer can navigate and activate the camera control page when the time is right to see the ends. The touch panel will be defaulted to the Groups page again after 60 seconds; this is driven by Microsoft and Crestron, and cannot be overridden.
For security, a silent privacy light was set up using a custom labeled LED light and a Crestron wireless lamp controller. The control system monitors the status of the mute module of the DSP. When it is silent, the system sends a command to turn on the privacy mute light and turn on the TC2 red light. When turned off, the privacy light turns off and the TC2 light turns green.
Jabil is absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the project. Even after the project was completed, the client said that APG had worked diligently with the Jabil team to ensure that all new systems met the stringent requirements of various users of the facility.
Everyone in the APG team, from management to engineering and field staff, has shown great interest in making the new facility work properly. Most importantly, the integrator’s staff navigated an unprecedented time in a global pandemic, showing that the team was adaptable and dedicated to the success of the project.
Highlights of APG / Jabil HQ
Biamp Audio DSPak
Crestron Flex + Microsoft Teams
Avocor interactive screens
Shure wireless microphones
Sennheiser ceiling microphones
Hearing Assisted Technologies
Lencore sound mask
To view additional photos of the APG installation at Jabil’s headquarters, click on the ‘view slide show’ in the upper right corner.