Georgia Congress Convention Center and Hotel

Industry: Hospitality

Size: Approx. 880,000 SF

Location: Atlanta, Ga

NTI CLIENT: Gensler

Scope: IT, Security, AV, and Structured Cabling

Client Objective


The Georgia World Congress Center and hotel was created to promote and facilitate events and activities that “generate economic benefits to the citizens of the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta, as well as enhance the quality of life for every Georgian.” Their vision is to be the number one “convention, sports, and entertainment destination in the world” and have been taking steps to take on that role since its creation in 1976. 


The overall size of the Georgia World Congress Center is approximately 3.9 million sf. NTI was selected as technology consultant for the new Signia by Hilton hotel which will be approximately 880,000 GSF. NTI’s scope covered the hotel’s 975 modern guestrooms, a signature three meal restaurant, lobby and lounge, specialty bar, cafe, and 105,000 sf of function space. This function space includes convention space along with multiple ballroom, meeting, and pre-function areas. 


Gary Steffen, the SVP Global Category Head Full Service of the Signia Hilton says that this hotel is “set to transform the skyline of Atlanta” and it will infuse “state-of-the-art technology, premium design, and locally-inspired concepts into every aspect of the guest experience” in order to impress everyone who comes in contact with the space.


The hotel stands at 40 stories tall, has 42 miles of tension cables, 3,602 doors, 10,000 glass panels, and is the sixth largest hotel by room occupancy in Atlanta. 


Because of the extent of this project, it was important for the architect to be a hospitality design team that could bring a global perspective and unprecedented design expertise to the project. Gensler was selected as that architect, and they chose NTI to be the technology consultant for the project. 


A few of the highlights of the GWCC are their 98 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, three fixed-seat auditoriums, and 12 exhibit halls that cover approximately 1.5 million sf of space. The GWCC is the fourth largest convention center in the country and the world’s largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified convention center. 


NTI could not be more pleased to work on a project that seeks to better Georgia and take care of its people.

Night view of the congress center in Atlanta
Lecture hall

Summary


Cabling System - A standards-based infrastructure consisting of copper and fiber optic cabling to support voice (PBX, voicemail, call accounting systems) and data (Point-of-Sale, Property Management, Administrative LAN, time clock, wireless and hardwired internet) services.


MATV/CATV - The vendor-approved cabling infrastructure consists of coaxial cabling, splitters, taps, and amplifiers to provide a complete distribution system. The system supports the Free-To-Guest (FTG), Pay-Per-View (PPV), and CATV system.


Security - Security system typically includes video surveillance (cameras, monitors, digital recorders, video management, and archiving software) and intrusion Detection (door contact alarms, alarm control panel, keypads, motion detectors, duress alarms). We will incorporate owner device locations in our drawing set as part of the Construction Documents after review and sign-off by the owner.


Audio Visual- We will design and produce construction documents and specifications for the AV systems requirements following brand standards and client direction for the meeting room and background music areas. Our AV systems design will address all components related to audio visual content in the ballroom, meeting rooms, and public spaces. Our construction documents and performance specifications will address all speakers, cabling, AV wall plates, input sources, amplifiers, junction boxes, conduit, and infrastructure for meeting rooms.

Wide Angle shot of congress center
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