SoundVision Audio Video Shades

Design Changes Affect AV Placement ….It was a perfectly designed AV System for a meeting space. At the touch of a single button, a state-of-the-art laser projector would quietly drop from a disguised ceiling tile. Displaying content optimally scaled to meet the viewing requirements of the room’s occupants throughout the collaborative space. The equipment order had been placed and the trades were scheduled.

And then, deep into the project; a request was made to change a prominent light fixture and consequently, its location.

It’s new position places it directly in front of the projector.  It may not sound like a serious issue but repositioning the projector may require a specialized short or long-throw lens be added. The electrical drop may also need to be relocated, along with moving any other affected ceiling features. Audio visual systems are an integral part of room design and changes to a room’s walls, ceiling, flooring, lighting or furnishings may have a ripple effect that could result in costly change orders and extend your project’s timeline.

Change orders happen and for a variety of reasons

Design Changes Affect AV placement and configuration. Collaborative video conferencing-enabled spaces will feature either a flat panel display, videowall or projection system, along with microphones, speakers, AV equipment and room control device(s). These elements are an engineered system, each with precise locations carefully documented. If, for example, a change is made regarding the conference table size, additional in-ceiling speakers or microphones may be required. Placement of these components may likely affect other ceiling features. This could include fire sprinklers, HVAC, occupancy sensors and lighting fixtures. Switching conference room table sizes also changes the locations of the floor boxes for power and connectivity. While these issues can be resolved through redesign and coordination with other trades, clearly they will impact the project’s timeline and budget.

Furniture that was specified months earlier may have been discontinued or the designer or client may have requested a change.  Regardless of the circumstances, collaboration among stakeholders at the onset of change is the key to successful project outcomes.

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