October 9, 2017 | Melissa Banks
Transforming a Design Vision Into Functional RealityArchitects and interior designers work in concert to plan gorgeous and functional spaces for corporate clients. These experts in space and style work hard to provide the perfect environment for productivity, creativity and proper display of brand identity. When it comes to building a space, transforming a design vision into reality means considering the technical factors involved. Traditionally, architects and interior designers consider elements such as heating, air conditioning, egress pathways, light, power and much more. Far too often though, audiovisual and communications technology are overlooked in the design phase, which may lead to issues down the road.
Putting Functionality Under the MicroscopeWhen considering audiovisual and unified communications as part of a project for clients, architects and interior designers have to put functionality under a microscope. Questions to ask yourself (and your audiovisual integrator) include:
- Does the space require power outlets, cable and conduit drops? If so, how many, and where?
- What connections will be necessary to support the intended use of technology? Will the space be hardwired or wireless?
- Is there a specific platform that needs to be considered?
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
- Benjamin Franklin
Implementing AV design at the beginning of a project is crucial. It is important to ask the right questions and educate clients on today’s current technology standards. It is also important to hire an integrator due to the nature of possible hiccups that construction projects can have. With time and budget being two of the most important factors of a project, hiring the right integrator can prevent a disaster.
Working With an Experienced Integrator Can Prevent a Catastrophe
Working with an AV integration expert ensures project success, as necessary AV requirements are considered ahead of time. Having proper audiovisual technologies in place prior to construction will allow for companies to effectively operate their business upon move-in, while having the tools they need to easily communicate with those in and outside of their network. The risk in not working with a proper AV partner can lead to a complete project catastrophe. Imagine having to rip out a wall you just painted with the perfect color in order to have an electrician install conduit you didn’t know you needed. What about ripping up the most gorgeous carpeting in the conference room in order to run cable for your new video conferencing system?
Collaboration with an experienced AV integrator is of utmost importance for architects and designers looking to deliver functional spaces that are ready for use upon move-in. Don’t risk stretching time and budget. Start by recognizing the value of integrating unified communications and audiovisual systems as an integral part of your project from the start.