AVL provides consulting, testing, and design services for architectural acoustics, noise control, sound, recording, theatrical lighting, stage rigging, AV, and video production. The scope of our work includes performing arts and theater, worship, educational, medical, institutional, restaurant, and industrial clients. Contact us for more information on what we can do to help you with your next job.
What We Do
Acoustical – AVL consults and designs in a variety of settings. Architectural acoustics is a large part of our work, where the way a room sounds is of the utmost importance. We also work extensively on environmental noise and noise control mitigation for existing and new projects.
AVL designs the specialty systems: Audio, AV, Stage Rigging, Curtains, Lighting, Controls, and Video Systems that are used in theatres, churches, lecture halls, studios and classrooms.
How Are We Different?
All members of our design team have real world experience operating systems that are the same type that we design. We look at things as if we had to use them, and walk through “what if” scenarios on each project to arrive at designs that are well thought out for real world use.
Our team follows each project to completion providing on site testing and commissioning of all systems to be sure they meet the design goals. We tailor custom training programs for each project so that end-users are not left with technology that no one can operate!
First we listen. We look for the project team to give us as much input as possible as to the vision, goals, budgets, operational and ergonomic needs required in a project. Then we take this information and apply it with our extensive experience to find the best solutions that meet the requirements. We apply computer analysis where it is best suited to verify how our designs will perform, we do not let the software drive the design.
At AVL we see ourselves as team players in the work we do. We strive to have our work integrated into the total project pallet in as transparent a way as possible. On rare occasions the scope is “performance only” and everything else takes a back seat. More often than not our work needs to fit into a total space concept incorporating multiple goals.
Product Choice & Evaluation
Some consultants design using a small range of products lines, or let manufacturers and vendors assist with design. This saves the consultant time and money but may not deliver the best results for the owner. We have also found that if you ask any manufacture what to use it ends up being their product. (Surprise!)
We communicate with manufacturers and vendors about their products but do not ever let them assess needs and determine outcomes. It is our responsibility to know what we are designing, understand the application and technology, and use as wide a range of products as required to optimally fit the project needs.
We do not like to use products that we have not experienced first hand. State of the art can be like a beta software package, not a great experience. We regularly obtain products to test, using in house testing capabilities as well as field testing.
Can we test absolutely everything we use in design? No, but we do our best to make sure key elements actually do what the manufacturers claim they do, by first hand experience.