Automated Navy Barracks

Integrator handles tight schedule to install $400K in electronics in naval housing high-rises.

Jason Knott · October 25, 2010

The days of the military-style Quonset hut are certainly over! CompView, a commercial systems integration company based in Beaverton, Ore., recently completed a $400,000 installation in brand new naval high-rise housing in San Diego that would make Gomer Pyle never want to return to Mayberry.

The project, called Pacific Beacon, includes four 18-story buildings that serve as a striking addition to the San Diego skyline and house nearly 2,000 sailors in 941 dual-master suite residences.

The public areas of the project are loaded with technology, including AMX control, 100-plus Bose wall-mounted or bookshelf loudspeakers, 14 AMX hard-key interfaces and eight touchpanels, Sharp LCDs, a Mitsubishi projector and Da-Lite screen, and Extron switching equipment.

There is also a small three-display LG and Samsung-based digital signage system across the four buildings. During construction on the year-long project, CompView worked closely with the developer - Clark Realty Capital - and leveraged its status as an approved GSA contractor to secure the bid and complete the installation in a tight timeframe using government-approved products.

Key Stats
  • Project: Pacific Beacon naval housing
  • Location: San Diego, Calif.
  • Scope: Four 18-story residential towers on the 32nd Street Naval Base
  • Cost: $400,000
  • Integrator: CompView
  • Principals: Scott Birdsall, president & CEO; Terry Hillier, CFO; Mark Madison, VP of technical services
  • Key Brands Used: AMX, Bose, Extron, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Mitsubishi, Da-Lite
  • Years in Business: 23
  • Number of Employees: 100
  • Integrator Revenues (for 2009): $43 million
  • Specialty: Audio/visual system design, installation and service for corporate, government and educational clients
  • FYI: Focus on your customers and follow-up with them on a regular basis to gain feedback, provide support, provide education or gather their insight

7 Amenity-Filled Public Areas
The Department of the Navy and Clark Realty worked together to build this first-of-its-kind housing development for single, enlisted sailors in San Diego. Due to a critical shortfall of affordable housing in the area, the Navy requires all junior enlisted sailors to live on the ship while in homeport.

The Pacific Beacon project, an important component of the Navy’s Ship to Shore initiative, gives each sailor more than 200 times the amount of room than what was previously available in on-board accommodations.

The apartments boast energy-efficient, fully-equipped kitchens, in-suite washers and dryers, living rooms and balconies to take advantage of Southern California weather.

Clark Realty also programmed Pacific Beacon with an array of community amenities including a rooftop terrace with pool and spa, three fitness centers, a WiFi coffee bar, two rooftop penthouse game rooms, a multimedia theater, several lounges, a mini-mart, and a dry cleaning valet. Outdoor amenities include an athletic field, running path, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, BBQ areas, and an outdoor courtyard living room.

The A/V systems were required to be easy to use, simplistic, “opened-ended” architecture, scalable, networkable and aesthetically pleasing. Since the facilities were designed as if they were a 5-star resort, aesthetics played a huge role in the implementation of the control system interfaces, displays and speakers. Also, products chosen for the job must be on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) approved list.

The GSA list serves several purposes, including verification that the product is not 100 percent foreign and guaranteed government pricing. That pre-negotiated price allows the government to put projects out to bid faster, knowing that the cost of the equipment will not waver. Every contractor is given some small leeway to use products that are not on the GSA list, but the great majority must be.

CompView did not provide any amenities in the individual suites themselves, only in the public areas, according to Travis Ellis, system integration manager for the company’s San Diego office. The system elements throughout the complex include seven primary areas:

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Lobby: CompView implemented Sharp Aquos LCD flat-screen displays throughout - on a custom brick wall, in the coffee shop and sitting areas. There is also a distributed audio/video system for not only the displays in the lobby, but throughout the facility. The lobby elevator bays also include Samsung digital signage displays. An AMX control system is centrally located for the property management. A wall-mounted touchpanel allows for control of displays on/off, source selection, audio levels, channel selection, digital music channel selection and power.

  About the Author

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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