When the Westin Seattle renovated the Grand Ballroom and the Cascade Ballroom, the operations staff wanted to be sure they could handle any size event from large receptions and conferences to smaller banquets and meetings. The light control system had to be flexible enough to operate in the entire ballroom or a smaller partitioned space, provide the ability to prepare lighting set up in advance, and adjust to changes quickly and with minimal interruption. Lutron designed and installed a light control system to control over 18,000 square feet of the hotel’s large, partitionable ballrooms.
GRAFIK 6000 answered both requirements. “It allows lighting scenes to be preprogrammed before an event and operates easily in a single large room or in multiple rooms,” said Elizabeth James, Operations Manager for the Westin Seattle.
For John McKay, the assistant director of Presentation Services, the Westin’s in-house audio/visual supplier, the new lighting control system helps him do his job in several ways. He can preset scenes before a client arrives and minimize set-up times. According to McKay, “The lighting control system is extraordinarily user friendly for the client. They only need to press one button to dim the lights. I do not need to explain or navigate a client through a complex series of knobs or slide controls.” The flexibility of the system is key to a successful set-up. “Whether it be dimming a series of lights over a projection screen or accent lights over a buffet line, I can quickly adjust sections of the ballroom to suit the requirements of a particular event.”