SAVI (Specialized Audio-Visual Inc.) a local firm based in Clifton Park – Town of Halfmoon is expanding their facility located in the Solartown Industrial Park. SAVI has started construction of an 11,000 sq. ft., million dollar expansion of their existing plant, more than doubling their current space. The new expansion will have 8,750 sq. ft. of high bay warehouse space and 2800 sq ft. of additional office space. Michael Cusick, SAVI’s president, stated “With our new expansion, we will increase our ability to handle larger projects with greater efficiency. Properly accommodating increased staff, inventory and service facilities are a must as we move forward”.
SAVI services a variety of clients in the entertainment and gaming industries as well as Fortune 500 corporations. SAVI’s rental department provides audio systems and full production services to a variety of clientele including (but not limited to) event producers, performing arts centers and scholastic institutions. Their concert systems can be heard all summer long at the renowned Tanglewood Music Center and Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts. Corporate clients across the country including General Electric and Disney, use SAVI to support their ever-changing needs in the world of professional events support. In concert with event producers such as Creative Staging Services Inc., SAVI works as part of a structured team to yield the highest quality results in corporate event production. Another facet of SAVI’s rental department is theatrical touring audio systems. SAVI outfits five to seven Broadway productions a year with design specified touring systems. These systems are built and tested at their facility and then tour the nation as part of a complete production. Current tours include “CATS”, “Moving Out” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
In addition to rental services, SAVI also provides AV system consultation, design engineering and installation as a design-build contractor. SAVI has had many high profile system installations in Las Vegas including theatres, night clubs and showrooms for The Las Vegas Hilton, Luxor Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort, Excalibur Resort and The Venetian Casino Resort. Examples of SAVI’s blend of engineering and theater system adaptation can be witnessed by visiting currently running Las Vegas productions of “Blue Man Group”, “Phantom”, “The Magic of Lance Burton” and most recently “Jersey Boys”.
The building design was developed by Andrew J. Donovan PE, PC. Albany Site Engineering was developed by Scott Lansing of Lansing Engineering, Malta. Financing of the project is through Adirondack Trust Company, Saratoga Springs, NY. Adirondack Trust Company, in conjunction with NYSBDC, provided financing for SAVI’s first building loan in 1988. Adirondack Trust has been providing a variety of banking and financing services to SAVI and SAVI’s former parent company, Specialized Audio for over 35 years. Stephan von Schenk, Executive Vice President at Adirondack Trust Company, noted…”We are proud to support SAVI as they develop new space for their expansion. We are firmly committed to helping locally owned and operated businesses expand in our region which in turn helps the entire area grow”. Michael Cusick concludes, “We are very thankful for all of the community support making this expansion project possible. Our company is very excited for the future growth of technology in this region and we are proud to be a part of it.” SAVI expects to occupy the new facility early in 2009.