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Where AV Fits in the Building Process


Office space technology is transitioning from an accessory to centerpiece in the modern workplace.  Video conferencing, wireless presenting and interactive displays are just a few technologies at the center of effective meetings.

As the platforms become more advanced, more network-connected (think AV-over-IP) and more flexible, AV design, programming and installation becomes more complex. These advancements are coupled with ever-growing expectations around reliability, ease-of-use, and end-user experience. To achieve these goals, it’s important to bring in your AV integrator early in the project. Not only does it help you meet your deadlines, it avoids all-too common missteps.

When AV is late to the party your timelines can be at-risk, project costs can increase, and delays can ensue. There’s nothing worse than having to cut into your fresh drywall because AV wasn’t consulted about the power and network requirements.

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That’s not a good experience. For anyone.

It makes good business sense to bring in AV early in the conversation. So why do people wait until the last minute?

One reason it isn’t thought of early in the building process is that the AV integration process generally lacks transparency. It’s not a secret, it’s just not widely talked about. How AV fits into overall construction milestones is still a mystery to many.

On top of that, AV’s often a subcontractor to subcontractor arrangement (falling under the Electrical Contractor) so it’s not overly visible to other trades. There’s so much that goes into a new build or office redesign it’s easy to overlook the meeting room technology or assume it has short timelines (it doesn’t).

Last but not least, AV is highly nuanced technology, in a niche market, where the rate-of-change is more in line with the IT world than the construction space. It’s hard for partners to stay on top of the newest developments in AV technology.

You need a trusted AV team that’s dedicated to AV and can help you navigate its ever-changing world. You also need to know where AV fits in the overall building process. Otherwise how do you know if you’re on-track or off-track? Did you miss a milestone? Are there milestones??

Where AV Fits In The Building Process–  Part 1: Architecture Planning and Design gives you the inside scoop on how AV  aligns with major architect milestones.

If you’re already through some of the architectural milestones and haven’t considered AV yet, don’t panic. You’ve already taken a great fist-step by reading this article. These are recommendations for a smooth experience, but nothing is set in stone. Find an AV partner as soon as you can and get the conversation started. 


Where AV Fits in the Building Process: Part 2 Construction & Install


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