The 2017 SCN Who’s Who of Consulting

The 2017 SCN Who’s Who of Consulting


Locations: Grand Rapids, MI
Overview: Accurate Audio Consultants has more than 40 years of experience in the industry in broadcast, sound system design, and room acoustics. It strives to provide independent expert consultations to houses of worship, business and industry, education, and the performance arts.


Locations: Cambridge, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA
Overview: The direct descendent of acoustics and audiovisual pioneers Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), and thereby one of the oldest and largest organizations of its type, Acentech is a multi-disciplinary acoustics, audiovisual, and vibration consulting firm. Acentech serves as a resource to institutions, engineers, architects, planners, and designers worldwide. Acentech’s multi-disciplinary team brings extensive experience to critical areas of design, including architectural acoustics, mechanical systems noise and vibration control, environmental noise, audiovisual and multimedia systems, and wired and wireless voice and data networking.


Locations: New Rochelle, NY; New York, NY; Lancaster, PA; Los Angeles, CA
Overview: Utilizing an integrated design mindset, Acoustic Distinctions’ team of 20 experts collaborates with various design disciplines to foster a strong collective understanding of how design choices affect project outcomes and support the end-user experience. The firm provides acoustics and AV systems design for spaces serving performing arts, broadcast, corporate, education, museum, government, mixed-use, and worship projects.


Locations: Grand Rapids, MI; Portland, OR
Overview: Acoustics By Design provides acoustics, audio, video, specialty lighting, and technical systems design services to architects, engineers, facility directors, municipalities, and building owners. ABD performs consulting services only, and does not manufacture, sell, or install any products. The firm’s team includes acoustical consultants, acoustical engineers, noise consultants, and vibration consultants, along with an integrated team of audiovisual consultants, that designs audio, video, theatrical lighting, and technical systems and integrates them with the native acoustical environment.


Locations: Dallas, TX; Boston, MA; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Overview: Acoustonica is a consulting firm provides services in AV, IT, low voltage, theatrical lighting and rigging, and acoustics, noise, and security design services. The firm works on education, hospitality, worship spaces, sports and entertainment, corporate, and healthcare facilities.


Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Overview: Established in 1976, Acumen Engineering integrates best-of-breed expertise in electrical, communications, security, and audiovisual engineering under one roof. Its multidisciplinary team of experts works with local, Canadian, North American, and overseas clients in the public, commercial, corporate, education, healthcare, corrections, hospitality and tourism, government, worship, and transportation sectors.


Location: South Norwalk, CT
Overview: Akustiks designs concert, drama, multi-use and entertainment performance and rehearsal spaces for institutional, educational, and professional organizations. The partners’ collaborative approach combines decades of knowledge with a sensitive combination of clarity and candor. The entire Akustiks team is dedicated to creating performance spaces worldwide that are wonderfully tuned instruments for listening to orchestral, operatic, and theatrical performances that both dazzle and delight.


Locations: Olney, MD
Overview: ArcTech Strategies is a technical consulting resource for the architecture-engineering-construction and facility management fields. Its aim is to assist with the areas that are beyond the normal scope of MEP (mechanical/electrical/plumbing), helping to guide and coordinate technology decisions at the design and construction phases, as well as looking at long-term tech management for client systems.


Locations: New York, NY; Boston, MA; several others in the U.S. and internationally
Overview: ARUP is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services working globally. Markets include arts and culture, aviation, commercial, education, government, healthcare, retail, and energy.


Location: Hollywood, FL
Overview: The Audio Bug’s specialty areas include community noise nuisance issues, environmental noise management, architectural noise and vibration transmission, architectural acoustics measurements and documentation, professional sound system design and specifications, speech intelligibility (STI-PA) testing, radio frequency analysis and coordination, electro-acoustic product analysis, technical training, and expert testimony.


Location: Marietta, GA
Overview: For more than 13 years, AVCS has been providing high-level design, engineering, and documentation services to architects, AV integrators, consultants, IT integrators, and building owners. It has expertise in the following markets: corporate boardrooms, hospitality, higher and lower education, command and control centers, religious, distance learning, judicial, and others.


Locations: San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN
Overview: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander specializes in the planning and design of performing arts and media facilities. Founded by S. Leonard Auerbach in 1972, the firm has developed from a regional entity to an internationally recognized firm with an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects including civic auditoriums, opera houses, professional repertory theaters, concert halls, performing arts training facilities, corporate venues, museums, planetariums, and popular entertainment venues in theme parks, casinos, cruise ships, and night clubs.


Locations: Lenexa, KS
Overview: Established in 1964, Avant Acoustics has cultivated a reputation in acoustics and audiovisual communication systems. With a highly skilled, innovative team of creative professionals, it is able to quickly assess the needs of a project and recommend efficient solutions for acoustics and audiovisual technology. Avant has tackled projects from large-scale airport facilities, convention centers, and arenas, to local academic, medical, and corporate initiatives.


Locations: Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX
Overview: BAi is a team of dedicated professionals and support personnel, founded in 1935, that services the education, convention center, performing arts, civic, corporate, sports, leisure, and religious communities in the science and art of acoustics, audio, and audiovisual. These services are provided to architects, engineers, and building owners. BAi includes in-house specialists in each of its core disciplines: acoustics, audio, audiovisual, and video. As a small business and a staff of 13, the company offers a combined 125 years of experience to clients. CAVANAUGH TOCCI ASSOCIATES

Location: Sudbury, MA
Overview: Cavanaugh Tocci Associates provides consulting services in audiovisual systems design, theater planning and systems design, and acoustics for a wide variety of building types and clients. Several recent projects have included large-format, interactive video elements. Specialties include briefing centers, performing arts facilities, higher education classrooms, corporate presentation spaces, athletic facilities, and houses of worship.


Locations: New York, NY; Washington, DC
Specialties: Cerami provides comprehensive acoustical and technology consulting services on projects of any size or project type, including corporate facilities, hospitals, museums, laboratories, courthouses, hotels, transportation hubs, and retail spaces. Its clients number among world-class developers, top architects and engineers, and Fortune 100 companies. The firm is also a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE).


Locations: San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA
Overview: Charles M. Salter Associates consults in acoustics and designs audiovisual, telecommunications, and security systems for buildings. Founded in 1975, it is involved in more than 900 projects per year worldwide. Its team of more than 50 is comprised of professional engineers, LEED accredited professionals, InfoComm Certified Technology Specialists (CTS), registered communications distribution designers, fellows of the Audio Engineering Society, fellows of the Acoustical Society of America, and a Ph.D., as well as individuals with interdisciplinary and advanced degrees in architecture, music, and linguistics. The firm draws from this diverse expertise to develop solutions for arts/media, civic, commercial, education, medical, and residential projects.


Locations: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Overview: Chroma Systems helps clients design and execute AV projects to improve their business, offering discovery, planning, procurement, and project management services. Sam Scott, director and senior consultant, has helped dozens of clients in education, corporate, and public sectors find solutions to complex AV problems and manage projects to success.


Locations: Melville, NY; San Francisco, CA; London, England
Overview: Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, CMS provides acoustics, AV construction, design, and fit-out packages, enterprise AV, proof of concept studies, AV space planning and technology road mapping, systems commissioning and training, system and design evaluations, and project management. The firm works globally in a variety of applications, including corporate, theater, education, museum, houses of worship, and more.


Locations: Las Vegas, NV; Hong Kong, China
Overview: Coherent Design is an independent consultancy providing design, counsel, and project management for audiovisual systems, acoustics, theater systems, and ELV technology infrastructure for clients that require state-of-the-art systems. It offers design support for IT infrastructure, security, surveillance, theatrical/performance lighting, and 3D projection mapping. The firm is privately owned and managed by its partners, who have a strong belief that principal involvement in each project is crucial to successful implementation, and sustainable design is of utmost importance. The partners have a combined experience of more than 38 years, which includes a blend of management, consultation, and operations experience and are the vital link between clients and the firm.


Locations: Canton, MA
Overview: CDA an audiovisual, data, and telecommunications design, engineering, and consulting firm specializing in AV system and IT infrastructure solutions for corporate, financial, and educational markets. Since 1993, CDA has served as a technology adviser to companies across the U.S., and in Asia, Europe, and Australia. CDA collaborates with architects, construction trades, and owner agents to define the best design and deployment approaches for both new and existing facilities, plus support the AV integrator during the construction process toward a complete and successful installation.


Locations: Baltimore, MD; Tempe, AZ
Overview: Convergent Technologies Design Group specializes in technology design and master planning solutions in educational, commercial, municipal, artistic, and media institutions. Comprehensive system design services combine multimedia, audiovisual, telecommunications, security systems for effective technology design of single-building and campus projects. With nearly 14 years of experience across more than 400 successful projects in a wide variety of fields, Convergent Technologies Design Group delivers technologically sophisticated systems that are designed for easy operation and customized to fit the unique needs of each client. Convergent Technologies addresses the needs of every situation, including design, architecture, capability, and function.


Locations: Ruston, LA
Overview: Current Design In Acoustics specializes in high intelligibility, high dynamic range music and speech systems, with 32 years of experience. Combining the art of science and engineering with practical applications in acoustics and sound system design, the company provides owner advocacy, system performance measurement, system calibration and voicing, speaker device calibration, and optimization with DSP-based solutions. It also provides acoustical planning with emphasis on reverberation, echo management, and diffusion of the natural and reinforced sound fields.


Locations: Austin, TX
Overview: Dickensheets Design offers AV and IT systems design, architectural acoustics consulting and design, and noise and vibration consulting and design. It has completed thousands of projects throughout North America for houses of worship, secondary and higher education, performing arts centers, recording/radio/TV studios, industrial plants, athletic and entertainment venues, hospitals, and restaurants.


Locations: Denver, CO; Kailua, HI
Overview: Since 1979, D.L. Adams Associates has helped clients create acoustic experiences on the stage, in the classroom, on the factory floor, and beyond. It blends acoustic-centered thinking with technical experience to develop real-world solutions. From theater systems to vibration control, from noise dampening to room acoustics, the firm strives to help its clients adapt to a world of ever-increasing acoustical challenges.


Locations: Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Overview: With 17 years of experience, The Douris Group has the capability to understand and respond to the ever-changing audio and video needs of corporate America. It provides consulting services for budget-conscious businesses, service, and non-profits, as well as government and educational facilities.


Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties: As independent audiovisual consultants, Electro Media Design Group specializes in comprehensive presentation technologies, acoustics and noise/vibration control, and audiovisual systems design. It provides innovative and practical experience in design, procurement, and operations management.


Location: Stillwater, MN
Overview: Elert & Associates is a professional technology consulting firm serving clients with public and private sector projects, as well as architects and design professionals. The firm is comprised of several multi-disciplinary teams and individuals with “drill-down” depth and experience in acoustics, video, multimedia, security, data, voice, and telephone systems.


Location: Woodland Park, CO
Overview: Eleven Tech group provides audiovisual and acoustical consulting services to performing arts, corporate, education, hospitality, house of worship, and industrial and manufacturing market segments. Specializing in audio systems design for presentation and audio conferencing, video presentation and videoconferencing, digital signage, mass notification paging, corporate/performing arts lighting design, audio DSP design services, audio-/videoconferencing systems tuning and optimization.


Locations: Toronto, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Calgary, AB, Canada
Overview: Celebrating its 30th year in business, Engineering Harmonics (EH) is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm. A resource to architects, planners, and designers worldwide, Engineering Harmonics provides audiovisual systems design for education, medical, sports, performing arts, broadcast, corporate, and government projects.


Locations: Chicago, IL
Overview: Engineering PLUS is a full-service audiovisual design firm. In conjunction with other critical low-voltage systems, it delivers quality documents, specifications, and drawings that transform ideas into a technological reality. It also specializes in retrofit corporate spaces, turning them into client-convivial, user-friendly, leading-edge spaces to impress clients and make employees’ work environments easier, more efficient, and enjoyable.


Locations: Newport Beach, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX
Overview: Exante360 offers professional design and consulting services in all aspects of low-voltage systems in information communications technology: audiovisual, security, data networking, telephone, fire alarm, nurse call, indoor and outdoor wireless communications, distributed antenna systems, clock systems, overhead paging, mass notification, patient entertainment, digital directory, and much more. Exante360 also provides peer reviews, project management, construction administration, commissioning services, and feasibility studies. Clients include healthcare, academic institutions, government/civic, corporate, and data center environments.


Locations: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; several others in the U.S. and internationally
Overview: Glumac is a full-service MEPLCTE firm of engineers, consultants, and designers focused on sustainability and innovation. It houses a deep talent pool with services and expertise in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting design, building commissioning, technology, and energy. The technology team is staffed with experts in audiovisual design, security, and communication systems.


Locations: San Diego, CA
Overview: GraceNote provides specialized audio, video, and acoustic systems design, consultation, and technical writing services to end users, architects, systems integrators, manufacturers, and industry trade magazines. Owner Mike Fay’s passion for architectural acoustics led him to form GraceNote Design Studio, with the goal of bringing his proprietary DAPCO VLF absorption appliances to market.


Locations: Seattle, WA; Franklin, OH
Overview: The Greenbusch Group is a multidisciplinary firm established to serve the expanding need for technical expertise in acoustical and vibration consulting, mechanical engineering, audio/video technology consulting, vertical transportation design, and commissioning services.


Locations: Lenexa, KS; several others in the U.S.
Overview: Founded in 1970, Henderson Engineers is a comprehensive engineering design firm offering core mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design, as well as fire protection, architectural lighting, technology, commissioning, and sustainable consulting services. With 10 locations nationwide and more than 500 employees, HEI offers clients large-firm resources coupled with the specialized experience and responsiveness of a small firm. In addition to its core services, HEI offers four specialty divisions that include fire dynamics for licensed fire alarm, sprinkler design, and code consulting; impact illumination, for architectural lighting design; and collective tech for network infrastructure, security planning, AV, acoustics, and communications cabling design.


Locations: New York, NY; London, U.K.; Singapore; Hong Kong, China; Bangalore, India; Perth, Australia
Overview: A global independent consultancy specializing in IT, AV, acoustics, audio systems, digital signage, and display solutions, Hewshott’s services also include specialist project management and high-level strategic planning. The firm seeks to add value by providing the best possible solution, regardless of manufacturer, and ensuring a solution that is shaped by needs, rather than perceived limitations of technology. Its solutions start with very close engagement with its clients, seeking their goals and needs. This results in a solution that is individually designed and customized to meet the precise needs of each client. One of Hewshott’s key strengths is its global reach: the company draws on its skills and experience from around the world on a broad range of projects and a diverse set of clients.


Locations: Dallas, TX; San Diego, CA; Coventry, England
Overview: Until recently known as Acoustic Dimensions, Idibri is a firm of technology designers, theater consultants, and acousticians specializing in arts, entertainment, sports, worship, corporate, and education projects. Its interdisciplinary team of specialists handle acoustics, audio, video, data/IT, theater design, lighting, theater equipment, and security. For clients in need of accelerated delivery, the firm offers rapid-prototyping of auditorium designs and acoustics/technology solutions.


Locations: Rock Island, IL
Overview: IMEG is one of the top-five largest engineering and technology design firms in the U.S. With more than 33 offices around the world, it has a global reach for nearly any type of project. IMEG is the coming together of several design firms all under one umbrella to offer a wide spectrum of experience, support, and knowledge.


Location: Troy, MI
Overview: Specializing in the educational market space, including K-12, college and university, Integrated Design Solutions is a team of full-service technology consultants designing and integrating audio, video, control, voice, data, and security systems. Planning for long term flexible solutions, the firm provides comprehensive voice, data, audiovisual, and security technology solutions that foster innovation, encourage collaboration, and enhance performance.


Locations: Norwalk, CT; Houston, TX
Overview: Founded in 1968, Jaffe Holden is a full-service acoustic, audio/video, and IT infrastructure consulting firm with expertise in acoustics, touring sound operations, music performance, theater operations, mechanical and electrical engineering, and information technologies. It serves facilities of many types, including performing arts, universities and secondary schools, museums, historic renovations, healthcare, house of worship, commercial, residential, and government buildings. Services include environmental noise measurement and analysis, architectural room acoustics, building sound isolation, noise control and vibration isolation, mechanical system noise control, sound reinforcement, sound/communication systems, and audiovisual systems.


Locations: Clemson, SC
Overview: James S. Brawley & Associates is a full-service acoustical and sound system design firm established in 1981. It has provided acoustic and sound system designs for many 1,000-to 4,000-seat auditoriums, theaters, and worship spaces, as well as large athletic and concert venues. It currently has consulting relationships with audio equipment manufacturers, architectural and engineering firms, and systems contractors. It specializes in loudspeaker system modeling, DSP configuration, and optimizing tuning systems to the venue geometry.


Locations: Orange County, CA
Overview: Founded this year by Joey D’Angelo, this firm specializes in audiovisual systems design and leverages D’Angelo’s more than 20 years and 570-plus-project experience.


Locations: Boulder, CO; Washington, DC; Ridgewood, NJ
Overview: For the past 10 years, K2 has provided audio, video, and acoustics design services to clients both nationally and internationally. In addition to working in traditional markets, K2’s expertise in AV networking, digital signal processing, and programming, has led to many opportunities for collaboration with manufacturers, systems integrators, and other AV consultants. This includes the creation of custom user interfaces, and providing custom programming or scripts to enable advanced monitoring and control, and to interface devices with disparate communication protocols.


Locations: Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; St. Louis, MO
Overview: Kirkegaard Associates provides consulting services in architectural acoustics, mechanical noise and vibration control, sound isolation, and audio/video systems design. With more than 2,700 projects in 24 countries since its establishment in 1976, the firm’s expertise includes performing arts centers, theaters, educational facilities, concert halls, amphitheaters, opera houses, conservatories of music and art, museums, religious buildings, recording and broadcast studios, corporate offices, convention and conferencing centers, and hospitality.


Locations: Fort Thomas, KY; Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; New York, NY; several others in the U.S.
Overview: KLH Engineers, a consulting engineering firm, offers mechanical, electrical, plumbing, communication and information technology, lighting design services, commissioning, and energy solutions. KLH has completed more than 14,000 projects for retail, educational, healthcare, civic, and commercial facilities.


Locations: London, England; several others in the U.S.
Overview: Kronman Associates provides a full range of LED and display consultancy services, from content strategy, through to hardware specification, design, and implementation. It works with brands, innovators, designers, architects, engineers, and technologists to bring concepts to life. It primarily works in the U.S. and the U.K., although its team is also available in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.


Location: New York, NY
Overview: Labrador’s IT strategy consulting, technical design services, and technology program management help solve the business, facility, and technology needs of sophisticated, enterprise, and mid-size organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Labrador has deep experience in the sectors of financial services, retail, media, legal, education, and healthcare.


Location: Olney, MD
Overview: LTS has focused for more than 20 years on video and audio facilities and systems with an emphasis on, but not limited to, professional production users. Specializing in audio, acoustics, technical systems, engineering management, and more, Lab Tech Systems’ overall expertise in many types of technical systems makes it a valuable resource for commercial and residential projects requiring an engineering consultant.


Location: Buffalo Grove, IL
Overview: Lipp AV Design is a small sound and AV consulting company specializing in theatrical and performance audio systems, with expansion into commercial AV.


Location: Dallas, TX
Overview: Marsh/PMK International (previously Pelton Marsh Kinsella, or PMK) is an independent acoustical and AV consulting firm. Clients include architects, A/E and E/A firms, developers, building owners, and facility managers. Since the mid-1980s, the firm has created designs for many building types, including hotels/resorts, convention and conference centers, high-rise condominiums and office buildings, corporate training facilities, K-12 schools, academic buildings for colleges and universities, professional and collegiate sports facilities, hospitals, justice facilities, worship centers, performing arts centers, museums and visitor centers, retail complexes, and amusement parks and themed attractions.


Location: Westlake Village, CA; Scottsdale, AZ
Overview: MCH provides uniquely integrated consulting services in all areas of building acoustics and media systems throughout the U.S. and internationally. With more than 2,000 projects, its portfolio includes all building types, including signature projects in performing arts, production, and higher-education facilities, as well as courts, large and small assembly spaces, medical and research facilities, museums, and libraries. MCH design professionals are formally trained in building acoustics and AV as well as in architecture, physics, mechanical engineering, performing arts, electrical engineering, and the liberal arts.


Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Overview: McSquared System Design Group is an independent design consulting firm providing audio/visual systems design services throughout the world since 1996. The company is focused on designing the most effective technical solutions for the users’ needs and then successfully integrating that solution into the architectural environment. McSquared also has an extensive background working on large scale post corporate, secondary, medical care and medical education/simulation-type facility projects permitting us to understand the importance of working with the user groups and the project stakeholders to determine and validate the specific functional, performance, and operational requirements.


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Overview: Metropolitan Acoustics is an acoustical and audiovisual consulting firm providing services in architectural acoustics, noise control, and sound and AV system design. Founded in 1990 by the present owner, Felicia Doggett, Metropolitan Acoustics is a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) in the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, the states of New Jersey and Delaware, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Typical clients include architectural firms, engineering firms, developers, and builders. The firm also works directly for private companies, as well as educational institutions and places of worship.


Location: Fresno, CA
Overview: For more than 30 years, Michael Garrison Associates has partnered with faith-based organizations across America, providing assembly space consultation, design, project management, and technology installation services for projects with 150-to more than 10,000-seat capacities.


Locations: Iowa City, IA; Des Moines, IA; Waterloo, IA
Overview: MODUS provides customized AV design, with thousands of individually tailored projects completed to date. It blends cutting-edge solutions with user-friendly controls, empowering clients to harness the power of technology to improve their businesses.


Locations: Toronto, ON, Canada
Overview: Mulvey & Banani International Inc. (MBII) provides comprehensive and integrated engineering services for electrical and electronic systems for new building construction and repurposing/renovation of existing buildings. MBII’s dedicated AV division has extensive experience providing audiovisual systems for projects of all scales and complexities, and its IT division delivers expert consulting for the selection and design of IT platforms, communication network topologies, wireless technologies, cabling systems, and the integration of these technologies into new or existing facilities.


Location: Atlanta, GA
Overview: Newcomb & Boyd is a multidiscipline consulting and engineering firm providing innovative solutions for facility design, construction, and maintenance. The firm comprises the Consulting Engineering Group, the Commissioning Group, the Special Technologies Group, and the Lighting Design Group. These groups offer clients a single source for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, energy management, building automation, commissioning and retro commissioning, systems training, acoustics, audiovisual, communications, theatrical systems, security, and lighting needs.


Locations: Las Vegas, NV; New Orleans, LA; others in the U.S. and internationally
Overview: Markets include aviation, convention centers, commercial, education, gaming, entertainment, healthcare, historical, hospitality, museums, restaurants, retail, sports complexes, transportation, and tribal development. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

Location: Wichita, KS
Overview: PEC is a trusted engineering firm with a half-century of design expertise, including more than a decade of experience in designing audiovisual systems. It provides audiovisual consulting services for K-12, higher education, houses of worship, business/conference rooms, municipal boardrooms, and courtrooms.


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Overview: Professional Systems Engineering (PSE) has provided advanced systems for communications, multimedia, acoustics, noise and vibration control, and related systems design needs since 1986. PSE has extensive experience providing a complete ITAV infrastructure, information technology systems planning, and specialized audio, visual, video and lighting design and engineering services. Specializing in site-wide communications systems in special environments including academic, justice, corrections, performing arts, theaters, museums, and for diverse government and corporate clients nationwide, its services include network information technologies, teleconferencing, multimedia touch and face-front technologies, courtroom technology design, situational awareness environments, architectural sound and projection, and integrated voice/recording and processing systems.


Locations: New York, NY; several others in the U.S. and internationally
Overview: PTS is an IT consulting and project management company that provides professional services, managed services, and resourcing solutions. Since 1983, PTS has successfully delivered high-value, vendor independent solutions to its clients’ needs in more than 80 countries and in some of the most demanding environments. It is not a body-shop, but instead it provides business solutions delivered by a technically proficient and highly motivated team.


Location: Brightwaters, NY
Overview: For the past 30 years, Richard Riedel has designed audiovisual systems for corporate conference rooms, educational performance spaces, houses of worship, and large-scale sports venues. Riedel has designed and project managed systems for Aqueduct Raceway, Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, and Madison Square Garden.


Location: Glen Burnie, MD
Overview: RJC Designs is an audiovisual, security, acoustics, planning, and communications design and consulting firm with a diverse base of experience and clientele. Its areas of expertise include corporate conferencing centers, sound reinforcement, broadcast and production, videoconferencing, computer classrooms, voice/data, distributed television systems, auditorium and lecture hall systems, multimedia presentation rooms, and acoustics and vibration analysis for educational, corporate, commercial, broadcast, medical, and government, and houses of worship.


Location: New York, NY
Overview: Since 1995, Robert Derector Telecommunications (RDT) has been providing its clients with a full range of IT-related design, engineering, and consulting services. These services, which include IT infrastructure and systems engineering, electronic security, and audiovisual system design, are geared toward providing solutions for today’s technology-intensive workplace. Its principals and engineering staff have a broad range of experience that includes financial services firms, corporate offices, academic institutions, research and development facilities, and government buildings.


Locations: Oxford, MS
Overview: Roland, Woolworth & Associates is a consultant firm specializing in architectural and environmental acoustics, noise control, and advanced integrated systems. A full member NCAC, its principals are also full members ASA and NCAC. Specializing in architectural acoustics, noise control, integrated AV systems, theater design, and sound reinforcement, the firm’s principals bring more than 50 years of combined experience to its work. It is strategically located in the mid-South, serving the Southeast, East Coast, and Midwest markets.


Location: Addison, TX
Overview: RBDG is a design and consulting firm that combines expertise in architectural, interior, and acoustical design to create technical environments for television and radio broadcast, recording studios, facilities for entertainment and media content, audio, film and post production, technical learning environments for higher education, screening rooms and private theaters. The Group has completed more than 2,500 projects, including home studios, corporate mega-facilities, small remodels, and major purpose-built complexes.


Locations: New York, NY; several others in the U.S. and internationally
Overview: Shen Milsom & Wilke is an international firm of more than 230 talented and dedicated individuals who provide consulting and technology design on large and small projects in acoustics, audiovisual multimedia, IT, physical security, and medical equipment planning. Its specialty consulting services include data center planning, network operation center and emergency operation center design, technology-enriched operating room design, medical simulation facility design, and financial trading floor design.


Location: Lake Charles, LA
Overview: Lynn Fuller, president and senior consultant, formed Sound Designs to provide unbiased assistance to the small and medium house of worship market in the design, procurement, and operation of sound reinforcement and acoustics systems. His electrical engineering degree, lifelong interest in sound reinforcement, and specialized training from organizations such as SynAudCon have uniquely positioned him to be a value-added resource to this segment of the market.


Locations: Lynnwood WA; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA
Overview: Services include engineering, IT architecture, wireless, security, AV, acoustics, and lighting. Markets include healthcare, higher education, commercial, retail, entertainment, and more.


Locations: Salt Lake City, UT; Phoenix, AZ; St. Louis, MO; Baltimore, MD
Overview: Spectrum Engineers provides client-centered technology, audiovisual, and security design services in addition to electrical, mechanical, acoustical and fire protection engineering and lighting and theater design services in the fields of healthcare, education, houses of worship, government, commercial, hospitality, and data centers. Its technology design specialists provide professional consulting services for nurse call, EdNet, studios, control rooms, sound, video and/or satellite systems, communication systems, voice and data cabling, locking control systems, video surveillance, intercom/paging, AV systems, fire alarm, CCTV, TV distribution, security/access control, and intrusion detection systems.


Location: Highland Park, NJ
Overview: Stages Consultants provides consulting for every facet of planning, designing, and constructing performing arts venues. Among its services are project visioning, feasibility and existing conditions evaluations, space programming, room acoustics, theater conceptual design collaboration, seating layouts and sightlines, noise and vibration control, sound isolation, stage equipment, and production sound and video systems design.


Locations: Nashville, TN
Overview: Steven Durr Designs is an acoustical consulting firm specializing in architectural and electro acoustics. With projects that span corporate offices, theaters, arenas, recording studios, stadiums, and houses of worship, SDD can handle any nearly acoustical project. Steven Durr, principal of SDD, has more than 40 years of experience designing and interfacing acoustical environments all over the world.


Locations: New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Shanghai, China
Overview: Audiovisual experts who understand the importance of effective communication, Syska Hennessy Group works to improve collaboration and enhance presentations in conference, meeting and training rooms, and boardrooms and ballrooms. It provides designs for broadband video distribution systems, audio and video distribution systems, program audio amplification, local and remote digital control systems, audio and videoconferencing, data collaboration/distance learning, theater systems, digital signage network display systems, converged AV and IT networks, and PA command and control systems.


Locations: New York, NY; Silicon Valley, CA
Overview: TAD Associates specializes in creating functional, innovative, and modern spaces by connecting Technology, Architecture, and Design. TAD’s staff is comprised of audiovisual, architectural, and media strategists who collaborate closely with content developers, architects, and audiovisual integrators. TAD Associates is a New York City-based firm owned by Jonathon Reeves and Guy Lafontant.


Location: Oak Park, IL
Overview: Talaske provides acoustic, audio, and video consulting services, specializing in the design of performing arts and assembly facilities, but active in the design of all building types. Its expertise is in room acoustic and noise control design and in the design and specification of audio and video systems for permanent installation within buildings.


Location: Rockville, MD
Overview: Technology Design Resources is a 15-year-old firm, emphasizing educational projects both in AV and IT systems. It has done extensive work in the Mid-Atlantic area for higher education as well as government projects. TDR’s planning, design, and consulting takes into account the institutional vision, pedagogy, future trends, human factors, and all organizational structure requirements. TDR’s consultants educate, design, and guide all of their clients’ expectations and technological growth, preparing them today for challenges that extend far into the future.


Location: Overland Park, KS
Overview: TVA draws upon its more than 30 years of experience to provide consultation on room acoustics, acoustical system design, and specification for audio and related systems, as well as project management and supervision, system commissioning, and finalization.


Location: Kyle, TX
Overview: Technical Design Group (TDG) is a firm that specializes in acoustics, technical design, construction administration, and project closeout of high-quality audio, video, and broadcast cabling systems for the sports stadium, performance theater, convention center, religious, and corporate markets. The firm is directed by Patricia Miller and John Miller, who have combined experience of more than 30 years and 500 projects. TDG’s philosophy of systems design is to provide the end user and owner the highest-quality technical systems available that meets the budget requirements for each individual project.


Locations: Oakland, CA; Portland, OR; Dallas, TX; Brighton, England
Overview: TEECOM’s 95 licensed and certified professionals collaborate with architects, building owners, facility managers, and municipalities to plan, engineer, and project-manage telecommunications, audiovisual, acoustics, security, network, wireless, and VoIP systems. With a self-funded R&D group and a culture of client-oriented thought leadership, TEECOM translates technology visions into constructible engineering documents while managing vendors and contractors to protect clients from the cost of future change.


Location: Manahawkin, NJ
Overview: Telemanagement Resources International is a 34-year-old management consulting firm specializing in assessment, design, project management, usage/adoption, and training of conferencing and collaborative communications systems including audio, data/web, video, telepresence, and streaming. TRI also provides AV and IT assessment and evaluation.


Locations: Fort Worth, TX; Shanghai, China
Overview: Consultants specializing in performing arts technology and safety, Teqniqal offers independent assessment, consulting, and coordinated design of complex performance systems. They work to bring systems of equipment together to work harmoniously with the building, production crew, performers, and audience in a safe and reliable manner.


Locations: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Columbus, OH; several others in the U.S.
Overview: The Sextant Group is a national, independent, full-service consulting, planning, and design firm specializing in spaces where communication, collaboration, and/or presentation are mission-critical. Clients include education, medical, corporate, government, institutional, performing arts, broadcast, and sports and recreation, with services in design and specification of audiovisual systems, IT/telecom, structured cabling, building security, architectural and environmental acoustics, technical lighting, and medical communications.


Locations: Los Angeles, Beijing, Abu Dhabi
Overview: Thinkwell is a global design and production agency that creates custom, content-driven experiences for companies and brands in the physical world. Clients include IP and brand owners, developers, museums and exhibits, live shows and events, and theme parks and resorts. Services include opportunity assessment, brand development, concept development, design packages, master planning, project management, technical lighting and audio, show production, media production, in-field art direction, installation supervision, programming and training, and digital experiences and gamification.


Locations: Castro Valley, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Orlando, FL; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh-Durham, NC
Overview: Thorburn Associates provides a full range of services in acoustical, lighting, audiovisual, structured cabling, and security designs, and provides the owner, architect, or end user a single point of contact during design and construction. With more than 3,000 projects, the firm’s experience covers nearly all market sectors. TA is certified as a Women Owned Small Business.


Locations: Ithaca, NY
Overview: Tomei AV Consulting is an independent audiovisual design and consulting firm that provides AV system design, installation project management, and AV management consulting services to the higher education, corporate, and commercial markets. Tomei AV Consulting was started by the principal and owner, Mike Tomei. Prior to starting the firm, he had worked in audiovisual design and support roles at Harvard University, Ithaca College, Walt Disney World, and worked as a freelance AV technician.


Location: Milford, CT; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA
Overview: SH Acoustics consists of acoustic and audio consultants with diverse backgrounds that include architecture, music, live sound, studio recording, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and general construction. SH Acoustics has carved out a successful reputation in specialized markets that include museums and exhibit galleries, high-end residential, themed entertainment, recording and broadcast studios, performance and presentation spaces, and corporate facilities.


Location: San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR
Overview: The Shalleck Collaborative offers comprehensive consulting services in the planning and design of spaces for the performing arts, assembly spaces of all types, and large-format teaching places. It also plans and designs theater production and AV systems, and offers AV system design services for other types of facilities, including museums, council chambers, sports facilities, and media/production studios.


Locations: Castro Valley, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Raleigh-Durham, NC
Overview: Thorburn Associates (TA) is an independent consulting firm providing integrated acoustical and audiovisual systems for a collaborative design in both new construction and renovations, specializing in highly technological projects in education, entertainment, and corporate venues. It is registered as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and certified by the California Public Utilities Commission.


Location: Ithaca, NY
Overview: Tomei AV Consulting is owned and operated solely by Mike Tomei, serving as an independent audiovisual consultant. He provides AV system design, installation project management, and AV management consulting services to the higher education, K-12, corporate, and commercial markets. His AV management consulting services help higher ed AV support departments develop their strategy, structure, management and operations by working on their strategic planning, organizational structure, campus-wide technical/design standards, staff training, and project management process.


Location: Kennesaw, GA
Overview: Thrasher Design Group specializes in houses of worship and large venues, providing audio system design, consulting, along with extensive training services.


Location: Chicago, IL
Overview: Threshold Acoustics provides room acoustics and audio/video design consulting services for performance and education facilities, worship spaces, cultural buildings, and other places of public assembly. Threshold’s approach to acoustics consulting emphasizes reinforcing the visual realm with the subtlety, variety, and even surprise that an awareness of the aural realm can bring to the built environment.


Locations: Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA
Overview: Vantage Technology Consulting Group designs telecommunications, information technology, data networks, audiovisual, security, clinical technologies and low voltage systems. It provides strategic technology consulting, including business continuity/disaster recovery planning, financial analysis, organizational development, technology assessments, and transition planning. It works across the country and internationally with clients in higher education, healthcare, public sector, corporate, and commercial markets.


Locations: Los Angeles, CA
Overview: VanWert Technology Design is a Southern California-based firm specializing in low-voltage systems design, consulting, engineering, and management. It has completed numerous projects North America specializing in AV, automation, IT networks, private theaters, and more. Founded in 2010, VanWert Technology Design was formed to meet clients’ needs for unbiased design and consulting services regarding low-voltage systems for high-end residential and commercial properties.


Locations: Santa Monica, CA
Overview: Founded in 1947, Veneklasen Associates provides architectural acoustics, audiovisual (AV), information technology (IT), security, and environmental noise and vibration mitigation. Initially concentrating on the design of sound reinforcement systems for auditoriums, convention centers, and hotels, the firm has enhanced its AV designs to include videoconferencing, video projection, video recording, and digital signage. In addition, Veneklasen Associates’ IT team provides design of all information transport systems, including main computer center design, pathways, distribution closets, fiber and copper backbones, and broadband.


Locations: San Francisco, CA; Brighton, England
Overview: Visual Acuity is a technology consultancy leading challenging, high-quality assignments for integrated network, AV, green building, and interactive technology projects. It follows a three-stage business model of consulting, design, and management, working worldwide with current projects in Miami, San Francisco, New York, and London.


Locations: Highland, NY; Miami, FL; Los Angeles, CA
Overview: Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) is a global architecture, acoustic, electro-acoustics and advanced audiovisual systems integration consulting and design firm. WSDG’s more than 46 years of innovative design achievement has produced over 3,500 diverse global projects. WSDG is a ten-time winner of the international NAMM TEC Award for studio design creativity. The firm’s work has been published extensively, and discussed in numerous professional audio, broadcast and systems design media.


Locations: Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Las Vegas, NV
Overview: Founded in 1996, Waveguide is nationally renowned for independent technology consulting services in audiovisual design, information technology design, acoustics consulting, control system software programming, and on-site technology management. Waveguide’s 99-person team collectively holds 77 professional certifications, including 34 Certified Technology Specialists (CTS), 21 Certified Technology Specialists in Design (CTS-D), six Certified Technology Specialists in Installation (CTS-I), and multiple RCDDs, LEED APs, PMPs, and DMC-Es.


Location: Oxnard, CA
Overview: Bill Whitlock is an internationally-recognized expert on signal interfacing, grounding, and AC power issues for high dynamic range systems such as professional audio and instrumentation in laboratory or industrial environments. He is also a skilled analog circuit designer with more than 40 years of experience. He was president and chief engineer of Jensen Transformers from 1989 to 2014 and, prior to that, held design engineering positions with Capitol Records/EMI and Quad-Eight. Since 1994, his seminars have helped tens of thousands understand grounding and signal interfacing in real-world systems, and debunk the myths. His writings include AES papers, magazine articles, Jensen application notes, and chapters in “Handbook for Sound Engineers” and “Audio Engineering Explained.” He’s lectured at many universities, including MIT. He’s active in AES and IEC standards work and is a UL technical panel member. He holds six patents and is an AES Life Fellow and IEEE Life Senior.


Locations: Dallas, TX; San Antonio, TX
Overview: Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams is a consulting firm offering design services in sound systems, audiovisual, scoreboard and video displays, broadcast provisions and video production, acoustics and noise control, theater planning, lighting and rigging, distributed TV and satellite, video surveillance and access control, and tel/data structured cabling. Project types include educational environments and athletic facilities, high-end performing arts venues, large sporting arenas and stadia, municipal facilities, hotel, resort, and casino facilities, and worship spaces.

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