Architectural Services

Architectural Rapport

AVSDI excels in working directly with Architects, in fact AVSDI has both worked with leading Architects both in the US and Europe. We successfully navigate through architectural documentation requirements and nurture a rapport between the architect, sub-contractors and clients.

During the construction phase, we facilitate a smooth permitting process in providing the documentation needed by both sub-contractors and architects, documentation such as cut sheets, heat loads, equipment weight, power requirements and so on.

Maintaining a good rapport with the architect is extremely important, Architects are visionary’s in delivering a building to a specific set of requirements, they rely on communication and documentation to make sure all of the clients needs are met within their design. The AV Contractor works diligently throughout the process and delivers the architects their initial requirements in the form of an AV Program document.   Once the AV Program has been completed and agreed upon by the client, the architect must develop a detailed, design, which encapsulates all of the equipment and requirements set forth in the AV Program. A variety of architectural design meetings must be established ranging in priorities, some of which include.

Detailed documentation of Server Rooms or Equipment Rooms, Conference Rooms, Editorial suites, Executive suites, general population areas, screening rooms and so on. Such detail would also include physical space requirements to accommodate the necessary racks of support equipment. Custom floor boxes and cabinetry, custom equipment supports and itemized equipment needs.

Other documentation would include:

  • Cable trays, conduits and types, cable routes for optimum distance and integration, elevated floors, room access, security, MEP, ADA requirements etc. The list is endless and needs to be documented in detail in order to communicate effectively with the Architect.
  • Appropriate electrical power and telecommunications connectivity.
  • Coordination of ceiling elements, including projector(s), audio speakers, video cameras (as well as lighting, HVAC elements, sprinkler heads, etc.)
  • Coordination of wall and floor elements such as patch panels, cable breakout panels, wall and floor boxes, projection screens, etc.
  • Conduit runs to accommodate low voltage wiring needed to support AV systems.
  • Millwork, such as casework to house equipment, power or network outlets.
  • Structural Support, to accommodate custom machinery or mounted flat panel displays and projectors.

Few if any architects have this kind of design expertise in-house, and often hire an AV consultant to guide them in the architectural accommodation of technology.

Systems Design

Once the building is well under construction, a detailed drawing package of technical systems design and specifications must be completed. If you have a systems integration group or crew you normally utilize, the package would serve as their design to build drawings. Should you be utilizing an external integrator, the package would then be used for an RFP process (Request for Proposal) to invite systems integrators to submit bids for the project.

In order to do either scenario, the package must be as complete as possible, to allow for accurate bidding and building, this normally involves completing the technically detailed drawings and bidding documents in a very short and sometimes arduous timeframe.

Some of the details would include:

  • Developing a systems design that achieves the utility needed to meet Day 1 requirements, and also stay with budget targets established in the needs analysis phase.
  • Identifying equipment items needed, by make and model number (or, in some cases, functional performance)
  • Identifying signal flows, which define technically how the equipment will be integrated.
  • Installation procedures and technical performance requirements.
  • Cable run lists, lengths, connectors and specifications.

Again, not many architects can provide this service directly, and they typically either ask the institution to contract a consultant, or hire one themselves.

Progress Reports and Drawing Updates:

During construction, documentation is kept up to date and every change is noted and documented thoroughly. Technical drawings are red lined for later electronic updates. This is a crucial time to maintain communication between parties as the construction phase does not stop and any problems must be solved as a matter of urgency to prevent missed timelines and milestones.

Building Punch List:

At the end of the construction phase, Systems and AV integration is normally at it’s height as the building is entering the final stages of handover. This time is devoted to walking the construction site every day and making copious notes for corrections and omissions.  This is a time consuming process, but pays dividends in ensuring all details in the AV program have been met and that the building is in a good state of handover.

As-Built Technical Drawing Packages

The final stage for systems design would be to transfer all of the red-line drawing details and change orders onto the final drawing package. This set of drawings are commonly known as the “As-Built” drawing package. They are commonly delivered a few weeks after the final update or red-line has been documented.

AVSDI Pledge:

Whether a project demands space planning, systems design or commissioning, roadmapping or concept to completion services, AVSDI brings a full spectrum of expertise to every project. We learn valuable lessons from past experiences and being on the front line of major projects. We bring the value of those lessons and experiences to every project.

Boardrooms
Conference Centers
Conference Rooms
Videoconference Rooms
Executive Offices
Auditoriums
Theaters
Classrooms
Training Rooms
Digital Signage
Audio/Video Production Facilities

TV Studios
Audio Recording Studios
Video Editing Suites
Screening Rooms
Computer Graphics Workstations
Multimedia Labs
Network Operation Systems
Command Centers
Cable TV Video Distribution Systems
Background Music Systems