Second Annual Archi-Tech AV Awards 2004

July 21, 2004
The six winners of the second annual ARCHI-TECH AV Awards are outstanding examples of technology integration in modern architecture. Representing both commercial and institutional/governmental building design, the Awards honor the joint efforts of the architect and the technology consultant and integrator, whose collaboration is key to truly successful integrated design. AV Awards 2004 is sponsored jointly by the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA) and ARCHI-TECH magazine. The Awards were announced during InfoComm 2004, a conference and trade exposition for audiovisual professionals hosted by ICIA June 5-11 in Atlanta, Ga.

Best Overall 2004 Award was won for "Queen Mary 2 - Illuminations," an entertainment venue aboard the new and already renowned QM2. The multipurpose room also serves as the world's first shipboard planetarium. The architect is Design Team Limited of Enfield, England, and Nautilus Entertainment Design, Inc., in La Jolla, CA. was the systems integrator.

The 2004 winners were chosen from about fifty entries by a panel of six judges appointed by ICIA and ARCHI-TECH. Each of the entries was examined by all six judges, who independently scored the entries and then met (electronically) to choose among two dozen finalists. Their decisions were based on seven criteria, including conceptual creativity, teamwork and cooperation, integration of technology, economy, suitability, and performance.

The jury, whose profiles follow, include architects and both systems integrators and audio/video consultants, representing two ICIA councils: Sound, Audiovisual and Video Integrators Council (SAVVI) and the Council of Independent Consultants in Audiovisual Technology (ICAT).
Jeff Stoebner is the vice president of sales and marketing for Audiovisual Inc. (AVI), AVI Systems, AVI Midwest, and Televideo, located in Eden Prairie, Minn. He is in charge of product management, marketing program management including advertising, Website development, and regional office support of AVI's twelve offices. Stoebner is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America and the SAVVI (Sound, Audiovisual and Video Integrators) Council of ICIA.
Kevin M. Collins, CTS, is vice president of technical operations at HB Communications in North Haven, Conn. A past president of ICIA, he has been involved with the communications industry for more than eighteen years. He joined HB in 1987 to expand sales, installation, and service of large-screen data and video display systems. Since then, Collins has helped to establish and develop HB's Systems Integration Group.
John K. Justus, AIA, is a principal with Hammel, Green & Abrahamson (HGA), an architectural, engineering, and planning firm with offices in the Midwest and California. A project manager in HGA's Arts, Community and Education Group, he has experience in designing and managing projects in higher education, performing arts, and religious facilities. Justus is known for his leadership in consensus-building and facilitating an open design process.
Jeffrey L. Schantz, AIA, is a principal with Lord, Aeck & Sargent in Atlanta, Ga., specializing in strategic planning, programming, and design of scientific facilities, including undergraduate teaching laboratories for leading colleges and universities. He holds a master's degree in architecture from MIT. With more than 18 years of architectural experience, Schantz is a frequent speaker at scientific conferences such as Tradeline, Labs21, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), and ASRAE.
John Paganelli, CTS, is a principal with the acoustical and audiovisual consulting firm of Miller, Beam and Paganelli in McLean, Va. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he provides audiovisual systems designs ranging from basic paging systems to complex multimedia presentation systems for corporate, government, and military clients. Paganelli is a member of ICIA, the Acoustical Society of America, and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering.
Roseanne Bell is director of interior design for The Benham Companies in Tulsa, Okla. A member of ASID, IFMA, ICIA, ABPM, and ASIS, she founded the design firm of Bell & Company in 1980, which later became Bellwether Design. Her recent projects include the Command and Control Center for the Baltimore Police Department and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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