Caesars Forum Founded on Flexibility

Pharos Goes All-in with World’s Largest Pillarless Ballroom on the Las Vegas strip.

CHALLENGE: Create a diverse and flexible lighting control system for the new Caesars FORUM Conference Centre, the latest Strip structure that continues Sin City’s credo to build “bigger, bolder and brighter.”  The complex, in fact, spans 550,000 sq. ft., and boasts the world’s two largest pillarless ballrooms. 

INFLUENCE: In all, the facility features 300,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, including two pairs of large, and smaller, ballrooms, six boardrooms, and an outdoor event plaza connected to the hotels. Flexibility would absolutely prove key as the amount of event space used can be scaled up or down dependent on client needs. The two largest ballrooms can each be divided into 38 sections, while the two smaller ballrooms can be split into 22 sections.

One of the cutting-edge technologies integrated within the impressive facility is digital lighting. It in fact, is the largest single installation of DMX controlled tuneable white lights. The main lighting control system, in fact, features more than 4,500 individually controllable DMX fixtures. “Lighting is such a critical component when designing events. We’re excited to have so much flexibility in creating unique environments,” said Reina Herschdorfer, director of marketing, National Meetings and Events at Caesars Entertainment.

SOLUTION: The colossal degree of flexibility is made possible by dividing the facility’s lighting needs into seven core sub-DMX systems controlled by Pharos’ Lighting Playback Controllers (LPC), which in turn, are commanded by the main Crestron system. With systems for each of the four ballrooms, pre-function spaces, boardrooms and exteriors, this subsystem offers a high resolution of individual fixture control or zoned group control. Each small section, for example, can have up to 11 zones of light based on the room’s size and configuration.  As rooms combine to make larger rooms, the system adapts to combine the lighting zones into the user’s Crestron Control interface.

The main component of the Pharos system is the LPC. Featuring individually controllable and independently running timelines and scenes, it allows for the build of dynamic, precise, and fully customizable pre-programmed lighting effects, as well as on demand control of brightness and color temperature for any individual zone of fixtures. The most important four ballrooms, for example, each use a Pharos LPC X controller. The remaining pre-function spaces, conference rooms and exterior lighting are controlled using Pharos LPC 2 controllers combined with multiple EDN 20 (Ethernet Data Node) DMX distribution units, offering scalable and cost-effective Ethernet-distributed DMX ports, ideal for large projects.

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Project Team: Primary Architect – KGA Architecture // Primary Engineer – FEA Consulting Engineers // Lighting Designer – John Levy Lighting Productions // Systems Integrator/Systems Design – National Technologies Associates // Primary Lighting Fixture Manufacturers – Spectrum Lighting, Moda Light, Signify // Main Building Control System – Crestron // DMX Lighting Control System – Pharos Architectural Controls (5x LPC X, 3x LPC 2, 7x EDN 20).

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