COMO PARK ZOO & CONSERVATORY
AV Systems for multi-million dollar educational exhibit
Planning and good communication helped this multifaceted AV Systems project go smoothly.
COMPETITIVE PRICING, QUALITY AND SERVICE
SUSIE VANBLAIRCOM, Operations Manager, is responsible for visitor services, volunteers, and education, or as she puts it "the people, not the animals." After doing “a ton of stuff” for the Zoo, VanBlaircom says MTG was selected as the AV systems contractor for the $11 million Gorilla Forest educational exhibit redesign “because the pricing was competitive and because of their quality and service.”
Gorilla Forest is the largest fully-meshed interactive exhibit of gorillas in North America. Monitors display up-to-the minute information and can be switched to show trainers working with the gorillas behind the scenes. A rainforest soundtrack accompanies visitors along the exhibit trail. And the extended-range wireless microphone system gives zoo educators freedom to move about and interact with visitors anywhere in the exhibit.
IDEAS FOR CONTROLLING COSTS
During the planning phase, the team had lots of ideas, which they discussed with MTG. “They listened to what we needed and imagined and came up with a plan,” says VanBlaircom. “Then they worked with us on different scenarios and ways to make our AV systems more affordable. They gave us a la carte options for equipment at different price points.”
“They listened to what we needed and imagined and came up with a plan.”
FAST RESPONSE, CARING
Installation was completed within budget and on time. “Communication was excellent,” says VanBlaircom. “MTG is always easy to get a hold of and they return calls right away.”
If there is a problem, VanBlaircom says MTG is quick to respond. “They just keep at it until it’s figured out. It feels like they really care about getting things right and helping us use our resources wisely.”