February 27, 2008

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  Industry Recognition

The Custom Electronic Design Installation Association (CEDIA) Electronic Lifestyles® Awards honor excellence on technical and design/aesthetic aspects of technology installation projects in the residential electronic systems industry. Project categories include Best Home Theater, Best Media Room, Best Integrated Home, Best Special Project, Best Hidden Installation and Best Dressed System. Winners are selected by two panels of judges, a technical team made up of five CEDIA residential electronic systems contractor members, and a design team comprised of members from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

The HTA Update will feature an award winner to highlight one of the projects in each issue. Each member involved in these projects – the architect, builder, interior designer, and electronic systems contractor (ESC) – played an integral part to the finished product. As with any industry, developing partnerships is a clear way to expand your business by being able to offer more options to clients.


Photo courtesy of CEDIAAward: Hidden Installation Gold Technical Design  


CEDIA Member:


Charleston, SC 




Mark P. Finlay Architects

Southport, CT



Bay 10 Ventures, Inc.

Hilton Head Island, SC


Interior Designer:

Cullman & Kravis, Inc.

New York, NY


Feature Essay:

HeAVi believes that a hidden installation must allow a room to be used in two completely separate manners, and that the best hidden installations provide a serious “wow” factor when switching between modes. In this case, the room is a large gathering area for the family to sit and enjoy the ocean view as well as a top-notch media room with seating around a 60” plasma screen. The installation of a lift capable of raising a massive cabinet enables the room to have dual functionality upon consumer demand.


One touch of the Crestron panel raises the cabinet in the up position and immediately transforms the space into a great media room complete with a 60” plasma; left, right, and center speakers; two powered subwoofers; and other A/V components. Yet, when the cabinet is in the down position, nobody would even think it even existed. In order to house all of the equipment, the cabinet is over 100” tall and wide and truly allows the room to shine both as a family room and a media room - both with great views.


Equipment from the following manufacturers was used in this project: Vidikron, JM Lab, Linn, Velodyne, Monster Power, Electrokinetics, and Crestron.


Time and Expertise Worksheet

Client Interviews: 1

Electronic Design and Engineering: 40

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 10

Project Management: 10

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 5


Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 10

Programming: 20

Final Installation and Calibration: 40

Client Instruction: 1

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 20

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 5

Project Management by Others: 5

Total Hours to Complete: 167



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