Trade Show Exhibit Pre-Wire Plan Saves On-site Labor Hours

Hubbell Lighting 40'x80' exhibit

Group Delphi redesigned Hubbell Lighting’s trade show exhibit wiring plan for 110 light fixtures.

Group Delphi’s newest client, Hubbell Lighting, had 30 days before LightFair West 2014 to rewire and install 110 complex light fixtures in 8 zones of their 40’x80’ exhibit.

Complex? Yes. Tight turnaround? Yes. But we rise to the challenge. Working around the clock, our veteran electricians completely rethought Hubbell Lighting’s wiring plan.

To make onsite set-up smooth and simple, we pre-wired the exhibit and conducted Q/A tests before the trade show. Heading to the show with a redesigned wiring plan, relabeled properties and new set of instructions, Hubbell Lighting was able to cut 100 hours of electrician and carpenter labor, save over $15,000 in onsite labor costs, and set-up the exhibit in 4 days instead of 7. Continue reading

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Integrating Interactive Media & AV Systems in Renovated Landmark

The landmark Reunion Tower reopened with new cutting edge digital media and AV systems.

The landmark Reunion Tower in Dallas, TX, reopened with new cutting edge digital media and AV systems.

Reunion Tower, a landmark of the Dallas skyline, was on track to reopen their observation deck for the first time after six years. Working with Woodbine Development Corp., an environment design by Gensler, interactive media by Stimulant, and AV integration and show controls by Group Delphi, the new tower would create atmospheric experiences using video, sound and lighting, and have cutting edge multi-touch interactive media displays to explore the sights from the renovated observation deck.

In the event space above the observation deck, the ceiling of the Big Sky Lounge is embedded with 17 monitors that play a video loop creating the atmospheres of sunny, stormy, and rainy skies. The effect is enhanced by LED lighting in the ceiling and walls that changes color in synch with the video.

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Cirque du Soleil Acrobats Perform With Technology in 40’x50′ Exhibit

Cirque du Soleil acrobats interacted with technology and people in SuccessFactors' exhibit.

Cirque du Soleil acrobats interacted with technology and people in SuccessFactors’ exhibit.

At HR Tech 2013, SuccessFactors’ exhibit grabbed attention with over-the-top activities like Cirque du Soleil acrobats, a photo booth, a rock climbing wall and Reggie Jackson signing autographs. But the activities — exciting as they were — had no connection between each other or to the exhibit’s theme. For 2014, SuccessFactors came to Group Delphi with the challenge of creating an experience with “creative wow” that would top the previous year’s exhibit and tied into their theme, “Start anywhere. Go everywhere.”

Inspired by the Cirque du Soleil performers, Group Delphi created an experience in which the acrobats interacted with technology and people throughout the 40’x50′ exhibit. In a key location  at the entrance, SuccessFactors’ exhibit had a huge wall that filled the viewpoint of people entering the Mandalay Bay trade show hall. Projectors and video driven LED wash lights made a huge 30’ projection screen for an impressive initial impact that played presentations or a performance for the acrobats. Continue reading

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Emerging Trade Show Exhibiting Industry Trends in 2015

Exhibit City News interviewed CEO Justin Hersh about trade show industry trends in 2015.

Exhibit City News interviewed CEO Justin Hersh about emerging trends for the trade show industry in 2015.

What’s the future of face-to-face marketing in 2015? Exhibit City News sat down with Group Delphi CEO Justin Hersh to discuss emerging trends for the trade show and events industry in 2015.

Justin cited the “2014 Marketing Outlook” study by B2B Magazine to show that money spent on traditional marketing mediums like television, print and direct mail are flattening out while the second largest area of growth in media spending is on events. This suggests that events, trade shows and other face-to-face marketing mediums will be in higher demand and interest in 2015. The study’s largest area of growth is digital, but Justin says that “events are a more valuable channel where brands can connect more intimately with consumers in a face-to-face setting… They bring intellectual capital and engagement to the tradeshow experience.”

Want to read more? Check out the article Emerging industry trends and best practices for 2015 by Exhibit City News.

Exhibit City News featured Group Delphi earlier this year. From breaking ground to hiring new employees, Exhibit City News took the opportunity to sit down with Justin for a discussion on Group Delphi’s growth in national profile and prominence for their feature, Group Delphi Doubles in Size and Precision.

Growing Manufacturing Jobs & Capabilities in Fort Wayne, IN

For the past 4 months, crews have worked tirelessly to build our new 200,000 sq. ft. facility.

With plans to double our staff over the next three years, Group Delphi grows our footprint from 125,000 square feet to about 200,000 square feet.

Since 2013, our Fort Wayne staff has expanded from about 35 employees to more than 50 employees in 2014. We have grown-up in our current Fort Wayne site and it served us well until now — we have literally grown up and out of space! With plans to double our staff over the next three years, we broke ground on a new space that would increase our footprint from 125,000 square feet to just over 200,000 square feet. The expansion will alleviate the tight quarters for our staff and allow us to take on more work. Only four months after steel was first erected, the exterior of the building is almost entirely enclosed and the exterior concrete and asphalt is also in the last stages. Continue reading

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Digital Content that Tells Stories and Engages Audiences

Executive  Producer of Digital Content Shannon Densmore is described as a "vibrant force in the digital media industry."

Group Delphi’s Executive Producer of Digital Content Shannon Densmore is described as a “vibrant force in the digital media industry.”

The best brands and museums excel at telling great stories – stories that engage visitors and compel them to learn more. At Group Delphi, we have skilled, passionate storytellers right in house. They work closely with our strategy, design and build teams to seamlessly craft whatever integrated experience you require, from written words and photography to video, animation and interactive digital worlds.

Meet Shannon Densmore, Executive Producer Of Digital Content at Group Delphi. Shannon was recently featured by her alma mater Simon Fraser University as a “vibrant force in the digital media industry.” During her college years, Shannon’s passions for finding ways to make historical and scientific concepts accessible and fun led her to explore documentaries and media projects for museums. She went on to contribute to projects such as the PBS film A Midwife’s Tale, the SPAM™ Museum in Minnesota, McGraw-Hill’s online student support product, LearnSmart, The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the National Geographic documentary series Goldfathers. Continue reading

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Converting Chicago Newsstands into Food Retail Kiosks

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Non-profit organization e.a.t. came to Group Delphi with the challenge to convert defunct newsstands into kiosks selling fresh food. Photo by Alan Shortall

Once a symbol of a bustling city, the newsstands of Chicago were defunct and without purpose when non-profit organization e.a.t. (education, agriculture, technology) developed a new business model that repurposed the newsstands into kiosks selling fresh food. But these newsstands were designed to sell papers, not perishables, and Group Delphi was given the challenge of retrofitting these 45 sq. ft. newsstands into food retail outlets.

The old newsstands were fitted with metal racks for newspapers and magazines, and Group Delphi dismantled the structures so we could start with a clean empty shell. Then refrigerator units were built into custom cabinets and scaled to size and functionality of the kiosks. Electricity also had to be redone. The new structures were mostly painted wood, and the graphic panels made to be removable and changeable. Continue reading

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SF Business Times Features East Bay Museum Exhibit Builder

This week’s edition of the San Francisco Business Times features a list of the Bay Area’s 25 Largest Museums.

For an expert opinion on museums, a reporter talked to Bill Nieser, vice president of museums and environments at Group Delphi, whose team just completed a huge project for the grand re-opening of the Officer’s Club at the Presidio Trust.

In the article, Bill talks about technology in museums and cites the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA as an example of a museum using RFID scanners to enhance the museum visitor experience. For a behind-the-scenes look at museum exhibition building, Bill toured a spray booth where he was personally airbrushed by our scenic artist, Fred Gums (who rarely gets the opportunity to airbrush a model who’s alive). Continue reading

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Historical Museum at the Presidio Trust Re-opens After $30million Renovation

The re-opened Officer's Club at the Presidio Trust honors 200 years of military history.

The re-opened Officer’s Club at the Presidio Trust honors 200 years of military history.

The Presidio Officers’ Club in San Francisco re-opened Saturday, October 4th following a three year, $30 million renovation. The Officers’ Club now serves as a heritage museum honoring 200 years of military history.

Established in 1776 as Spain’s northern-most colonization in the New World, the Presidio was one of the longest-garrisoned posts in the country and the oldest in the American West. The 36,895 sq. ft. Officer’s Club shows its many uses over the years and bears the scars of many remodeling efforts – the Mesa Room, which is the oldest structure in the building and was once a home to a Spanish soldier and his family, has walls from four different eras.

Given the opportunity to renovate the historical building into a museum, design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates and builders Group Delphi honored the building itself as a historical artifact. Continue reading

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Breaking Ground on a New Manufacturing Facility in Fort Wayne, IN

Group Delphi breaks ground on a new building housing talent, technology and production under one roof.

Group Delphi breaks ground on a new building housing talent, technology and production under one roof.

Is manufacturing slowing in the U.S.? While many manufacturing companies are taking their work and jobs abroad, Group Delphi continues to grow our manufacturing capabilities and add jobs in the heartland of the United States.

Currently our Fort Wayne, IN location utilizes 84,000 square feet in four buildings housing offices, storage and production. After a recent acquisition in the Midwest, Group Delphi’s growth caused us to look at expanding our manufacturing space and capabilities. For long-term and sustainable growth as a leading design/build company, Group Delphi unrolled plans to build a new facility that would house talent, technology and production under one roof. Continue reading

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