When you think of government buildings, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not how technologically advanced they are. Unlike some corporate headquarters and entertainment venues, which tend to make a big show of the technology in their buildings, government facilities are typically more subdued. However, many government buildings are actually quite well-equipped with AV technology and systems control and automation behind the scenes.
AV Programming Associations (AVPA) is a company that specializes in providing Crestron programming for government buildings in order to make their facilities more efficient and easier to manage. In addition, with Crestron programming, AVPA helps local governments, government agencies, and even the military with their day-to-day operations by providing them with customized solutions for activities such as conducting trainings, holding meetings, facilitating video conference calls, and even voting in legislative chambers.
In any setting—private or public—technology is only beneficial if it is easy to use and if it consistently works as it should. The team at AVPA understands this. Their focus, when providing customized programming for Crestron control systems in government buildings, is to make the system as user-friendly as possible. They design touch panels that are intuitive for the end user. AVPA owner Matt Grisafe had this to say, “We always keep the end user in mind when we program Crestron systems. We want someone to be able to use the systems we program effectively with minimal training. They should make people’s lives easier—not more difficult.”
Some of the recent government projects for which AVPA has provided Crestron programming services include the Nevada Legislative Building, the Superior Courthouse of California – San Diego, Douglas County Courthouse in Nevada, and the Emergency Operations Center at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California. While many of AVPA’s clients are on the West Coast, the AVPA team is strategically positioned to complete projects all over the country. They have even been involved in Crestron programming projects in other parts of the world.
Grisafe says, “Most of the time, our company is brought in as a subcontractor on a larger project. There is often a general contractor who is in charge of the overall project and they will bring in a Crestron dealer to supply the building with the needed AV equipment, and the Crestron dealer will bring in our team to handle the Crestron programming aspect. Over the years, we have built a solid reputation with many Crestron dealers as the “go-to” Crestron programmer for projects that have a lot riding on them, like government projects. We are known as a company that completes our portion of the project in a timely manner, which helps keep everyone else on schedule. With government projects, there is often little margin for error. There are very specific budgets in place and timelines that need to be adhered to. Contractors need to know that the subcontractors they bring in will do their part to keep the project on track.”
To learn more about AV Programming Associates, including the types of projects they’ve been involved with in their more than 20 years in business, visit the AVPA website.