With resources becoming more valuable as the pace of business increases, it is vital to prioritize your efforts to make communication more efficient. However, when it comes to work space design, the logistics of an effective AV platform often go ignored. Whether you are building a new facility, or simply remodeling; your audio/visual needs should be considered before construction begins.
More often than not a conference room is designed by a handful of different experts. Architects, interior designers, etc. Eachh plays a key role in the creation of your new space. Unfortunately, the AV integration professionals are usually brought in after everything is drawn up and the furniture is ordered. It is much more difficult to retrofit an AV system into an older room or into a room that is in the process of being built.
The needs of the space will determine what devices, applications and platforms should to be addressed in terms of technology. This is where your IT director and other key stakeholders should be involved.
Here are 5 considerations that need to be made when remodeling or building a new boardroom, office, or workspace that will have AV integration.
- Electrical: This is especially important when remodeling an older space. With new and more powerful equipment, electrical upgrades may be necessary. It is also key for new facilities to be prepared for the demands of their A/V design. Floorbox, conduit stubs, and other suitable pathways should be able to work with the plans and provide accessibility.
- IT: The control system for your integration will likely run on an existing IP network. This is where it will be important for your IT director and integration team to be involved. Any security loopholes or other potential issues will need to be addressed.
- Acoustical: Teleconferencing and other communication platforms are going to be very susceptible to the acoustics of the space. Everything from the room’s layout to the furniture can impact the sound quality in the room. Fabric wrapped panels placed on parallel walls can improve the acoustics. Ideally this room will have an NC rating of 30 or more.
- Users: Functionality, dependability and user-friendliness will be key for any integration project. This where an integration professional will be vital to the effectiveness of your new system.
As technology becomes more important to businesses of all sizes in terms of scalability and communication, keeping your A/V integration needs at the forefront of any redesign can be a major cost saver. Whether you are building or remodeling, an experienced integrator will know the right questions to ask and have the solution to any problems. However addressing these at the beginning of the process can save a lot of money and time.
Link Integration Group is a commercial integration firm in Baton Rouge. Serving all of south Louisiana, Link develops customized plans that meet the exact needs of each space. From structured cabling to audio/visual technology, Link Integration Group provides solutions for businesses.