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Design Firms Join to Provide New Service

Media Environment Design Inc. (MED) and Audio Design Inc. are teaming up to provide a best of breed design service to integrators.

Both firms have long histories in the industry, and the relationship aims to combine their mutual experiences providing outsourced design, best practices, standards, and design processes to provide the highest quality design services available to dealers today.

The cornerstone of the design offering will be the group’s “Fixed Fee Design Services,“ created to provide dealers with high-quality engineering documentation at a fixed price.

“Curt and I have worked together to analyze our mutual design processes and historical data which allowed us to design a fixed fee price schedule based on the scope of an integrator’s system,” Media Environment Design president and founder Sam Cavitt said of his partnership with president and founder of Audio Design, Curt Hayes. “Using our proprietary design fee calculator we’re able to provide a dealer with a fixed fee design quote in about 5 minutes.”

Also offered are engineered proposal services, project scope of work development, and full-service proposal/design.

Upon leveraging these design services, the integrator will receive the project’s source files (created using D-Tools Si 5.5) allowing them to import the project into their own version of D-Tools or open the Visio documentation outside of D-Tools for printing or modifications on their own.

Also supplied with the final engineered deliverable are PDFs of the documentation, associated wire schedules and other reports created from D-Tools.

“We feel it is an important part of our process to provide the integrator with the source design files for their system. We’re not trying to hold anyone hostage or force them to use us for post design revisions and change orders. Of course we provide this service, but it is not mandatory,” environment design VP, Ryan Brown, said.

“The feedback we’ve received from many of our clients in recent years is the desire to have a predictable design expense for their projects,” Hayes explained. “We recommend our dealers mark up our design fees and include them in their proposals as a profit source. Our aim is to provide a high-quality service that allows our dealers to be more efficient and profitable,” “By outsourcing system design activities, existing staff can focus on the vital activities of sales, project management, installation and programming.”

In celebration of the announcement to work together, a 10 percent discount in Fixed Fee Design Services is being offered through October 31, 2009.

For more information, questions or to take advantage of the ‘Fixed Fee Design Service’ promotion contact Ryan Brown at 760.434.9040 or by e-mail [email protected].