Sheraton Dallas Combines Technology and Art for Upgraded Visitor Experience

Andrew Neale

Marriott International has unveiled a host of modern upgrades to its Sheraton Dallas property, including two state-of-the-art digital video columns at the hotel’s entrance. The custom-engineered, four sided LED columns were manufactured by SNA Displays and feature an eye-catching modern digital art piece.

The digital displays and art installation were part of a multi-million-dollar renovation to the historic downtown Dallas hotel, a major refresh managed by The Chartres Lodging Group.

Other upgrades by the San Francisco hotel investment and advisory firm include improved meeting and event spaces, enhanced and rebranded food and beverage services, and redesigns for most of the hotel’s bathrooms, hallways and guest rooms.

Maki Nakamura Bara, co-founder and president of The Chartres Lodging Group told us “The digital columns are a fantastic way to showcase the hotel’s overall design theme of celebrating art, since we are at the intersection of the art district and Deep Ellum. And to add movement, perspective, and technology just takes the theme to another level!”

SNA Displays was part of a multi-team collaboration for the project, including Prism Electric’s Technology Division, which managed the display installation, and Leftchannel, the content design studio that created the digital art piece and will be responsible for refreshing content for the new video screens.

The LED columns mirror each other on either side of the Sheraton’s circle-drive entrance at 400 N. Olive St., just across the street from The International Conference and Exposition Center. The columns are wrapped in LED display technology, and because screens are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, visitors can view the art content from the street, the entrance itself, or inside the lobby.

SNA Displays provided a 2.5 mm pixel pitch product from its interior BOLD™ display series, meaning the distance between the center of each pixel to an adjacent pixel is only 2.5 millimeters or a tenth of an inch. Each of the eight faces measures 8’10” high and 3’11” wide and includes 1,080 pixels by 480 pixels. In total, the columns contain more than two million pixels. SNA Displays’ project management team was onsite for the duration of the installation, working primarily with Prism Electric’s team. feature

Nick Gioia, project manager for SNA Displays said “This was a great collaboration with all of the teams involved on this project. In particular, we developed a great rapport with the Prism team, which was very hands-on throughout the installation process. They were willing to do what was necessary to get the display technology installed and the CMS equipment commissioned in a timely manner.”

Prism Electric is an electrical contractor with offices in Texas and Oklahoma employing skilled managers, estimators, superintendents, tradesmen and support staff. Prism’s experience has grown from the highly complex healthcare industry to include commercial, industrial, institutional and high tech industries. Leftchannel is a content design studio with a global presence. For nearly 20 years, they have specialized in getting people to pay attention in a very noisy world.

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