PRO AV, ARCHITECT and InfoComm International Announce Winners of Fourth Annual PRO AV Spotlight Awards

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PRO AV and ARCHITECT magazines, published by Hanley Wood LLC, and InfoComm International, the leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide, announced 15 winning projects in the fourth annual PRO AV Spotlight Awards program.

PRO AV and ARCHITECT magazines, published by Hanley Wood LLC, and InfoComm International, the leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide, announced 15 winning projects in the fourth annual PRO AV Spotlight Awards program.

The Spotlight Awards recognize the best professional audio/video installations designed for corporate, education, entertainment, government, and other markets. This year, for the first time, two separate AV companies won awards for working on the same project. Both AVI Systems of Eden Prairie, Minn., and R2W Inc. of Las Vegas, were recognized for their work on the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Entries were judged by a panel of PRO AV, ARCHITECT and ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING editors, contributors, and AV systems integrators and consultants. Winners had to demonstrate effective collaboration among integrators, designers, architects, and end-users, as well as technical innovation and design excellence.

"This was perhaps the strongest field of entries we've ever had for the Spotlight Awards," said Brad Grimes, editor of PRO AV and PRO AV Online. "It's clear from these winners—and from all the entries—that audiovisual systems continue to play a more prominent role in the way organizations communicate. For example, you don't have to be in the entertainment business to entertain. Corporations—and even the federal government—are employing AV technology to engage the general public in ways they never have before."

This is the second year that PRO AV and ARCHITECT magazines have partnered with InfoComm International to produce the 2011 Spotlight Awards. PRO AV and InfoComm International will host a ceremony to recognize the winners at the InfoComm 2011 trade show in Orlando, Fla., June 15-17. The ceremony will be held June 16 at 4:30 p.m. EDT at the InfoComm International booth #3855.
“Once again, the winners of the PRO AV Spotlight Awards have developed some of the most innovative projects in integrated AV design,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “The winners are a testament to the value that highly-capable AV professionals bring to the built environment.”

The 2011 PRO AV Spotlight Award-winning projects and AV integrators and consultants are:

Best Arts AV Project
New World Center
Pro Sound & Video

Best Corporate AV Project
Qualcomm 25th Anniversary Museum
Nautilus Entertainment Design

Best Education AV Project (tie)
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
AVI Systems
R2W Inc.

Best Education AV Project (tie)
University of Pennsylvania
Advanced AV

Best Entertainment AV Project (tie)
WHYY Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons
RJC Designs

Best Entertainment AV Project (tie)
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Westbury National Show Systems

Best Government AV Project
NASA Kennedy Space Center: Exploration Space
Electrosonic

Best Health Care AV Project
Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
Westbury National Show Systems

Best Hospitality AV Project
Big Al’s Bowling, Sports Bar & Arcade
CompView

Best House of Worship AV Project
Palm Valley Church
Mankin Media Systems

Best Museum AV Project
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Electrosonic

Best Restaurant/Casino AV Project
Talking Stick Resort and Casino
CCS Presentation Systems

Best Retail AV Project
Versace Fifth Avenue
McCann Systems

PRO AV Spotlight Judges' Award
Rio Tinto CBD Mine
The Buchan Group

PRO AV Spotlight Judges' Award
Expo 2010 Shanghai, U.S.A. Pavilion
Electrosonic

About PRO AV
PRO AV is the fastest growing magazine in the commercial and residential audio/video industry. A BPA-audited publication, it’s read by 20,000 professional AV integrators, contractors, consultants, resellers, and their end users. Its editorial coverage focuses on the day-to-day information needs of readers, including professional advice, how-to information, tips, strategies, and tactics for working with audio, video, IT, and emerging technologies.

About InfoComm International®
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV market research and news. Its training, standards and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Asia and China. Additional information is available at http://www.infocomm.org.

About Hanley Wood, LLC
Hanley Wood is a leading business-to-business media company focused on the residential and commercial construction and design industries. Its diverse portfolio includes magazines, Web sites, e-newsletters, exhibitions and conferences, custom marketing and data services.

Hanley Wood is comprised of four operating platforms: Business Media, which publishes more than 30 magazines, featuring Builder and Architect magazine, along with related Web sites, e-newsletters, and conferences; Exhibitions, which produces marquee events such as World of Concrete, bringing residential and commercial construction professionals face-to-face with manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and service providers; Market Intelligence, which collects and aggregates proprietary data sets that capture hundreds of pieces of profile and material information about housing developments in more than 75 housing markets; and Marketing, which plans, creates, and executes strategic and integrated marketing solutions for its clients. http://www.hanleywood.com.

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