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Blending Technology with Design for a Condominium Complex in Bozeman, Montana

Project Details:
Project Name: SAV Intelligent Living Space
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Date: March 2019 – April 2019
Dealer: SAV Digital Environments – Cory Reistad, President and Founder

​​​​​​​Cory Reistad is the president and founder of SAV Digital Environments. He’s also a real-estate developer, and his most recent project was a condominium complex in Bozeman.

​​​​​​​As the units began to take their shape as high-end, custom-appointed spaces, Reistad had the idea of putting one aside to be used as a living, breathing showroom for SAV’s technological offering — from music and automation systems to lighting and shading. Offering a powerful sales tool, potential clients would be able to stay the night to truly experience the difference smart home technology can make in transforming their lives.

More than just showing off the latest and greatest gadgets, we wanted to highlight the importance of blending technology with design to create a simple and elegant lifestyle,” said Reistad.

​​​​​​​“That not only meant paying close attention to furnishings and color schemes, but also integrating technology seamlessly into the space and hiding any components that didn’t enhance the overall aesthetic. One aspect of the condo we knew could really bring both sides together was lighting. So that became a major focus of this project; specifically, human-centric lighting (HCL), which we were integrating for the first time.”
SAV selected Legrand | AV Residential Solutions and its Chief, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Nuvo, On-Q, QMotion, and Vantage Controls brands to transform the space.

When guests arrive to the Bozeman condo, they are greeted by the “Welcome” scene. With the press of a button on the Vantage keypad, relaxing background music begins playing throughout the space from the Nuvo streaming audio system, the QMotion shades automatically roll up and Vantage lighting sets the mood for that time of day — brighter in the morning with a more dramatic mood setting in the evening featuring lower color temperature and intensity. A special “Turn-Down” scene in the master bedroom lowers the lights as dusk sets in, creating an effect similar to what you might find in a high-end hotel.

The interfaces throughout the space provide a sleek look that compliments the condo’s modern design, while providing simple, intuitive control for users. adorne® wall plates and electrical outlets are also featured throughout the condo to provide a touch of elegance and are matched to the Vantage keypad color specifications.

Vantage’s solutions in tandem with LF Illumination tunable fixtures allowed SAV to offer HCL in the condo, which tailors the color and character of light to support the human circadian rhythm by automatically adjust lighting levels based on time and location.

“We’re really excited about HCL and its ability to bring the benefits of natural daylight indoors, while matching our decorative fixtures in terms of intensity, color temperature, and color rendering,” said Reistad. “It’s going to be a big part of our business moving forward, and our new clients will get a first look at it here.”

While the condo’s lighting, AV, and shading systems might get all the glory, however, it’s Legrand’s infrastructure and networking solutions that are the unsung heroes working behind the scenes to bring everything together. Low-profile mounts from Chief, enclosures from On-Q, and racks from Middle Atlantic provide a solid foundation for the condo’s technology.

The backbone of any smart home is the network. It powers every aspect of the space, so reliability and exceptional performance from all network components are critical. Luxul is delivering that reliability with high-speed networking for fast streaming, seamless Wi-Fi roaming, remote management, security capabilities and more.

“It’s evident when you walk in and press that button and see the positive impact these products have made here. It makes it comfortable and peaceful. It makes it home.”

“We’ve just wrapped up the condo and it’s been a big hit,” said Reistad. “Our clients — who are coming from 60 or 70 miles away — stay here overnight and experience this amazing space. It gets them really excited to discuss ideas for their new homes. Without the support of Legrand | AV, I think this would be a pretty static space. I believe it’s the technology that brings it to life, built on rock-solid infrastructure and networking solutions. It’s evident when you walk in and press that button and see the positive impact these products have made here. It makes it comfortable and peaceful. It makes it home.”