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Tracking a $20M Project: And the Integrator Is ...

It came down to the final four integrators, and the choice wasn't easy. All the integrators are talented and the bids were close.


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Any of the final four contractors would have done a great job on this project.

Cyber Sound, the largest integrator in Arizona, had more than enough talent to do the job. Orange ProAV would have considered this a nice simple job since we weren’t asking them to create any indoor tornados or weather systems. Automated Environments, from my experience, has always given each client a personal touch and its complete attention.

This was a tough choice, but in the end we selected CineMagic in Scottsdale, Ariz., which is only a twenty-minute drive from the project. The client made the final decision, I wanted him to meet each contractor, or at least the last two, before choosing. The bids were close, CineMagic wasn’t the lowest, but the client liked what they offered and was impressed they were the largest Control4 dealer in Ariz. and are building a name nationally.

The owner, Cary Christie II, comes from a family with a history in our industry. His father was a founder of Infinity Speakers and now owns Artison speakers. Cary has patents of his own he developed while working with his father. CineMagic has built a reputation on making things work and taking care of their clients, even when asked to take on some unique jobs. Award-winning projects and write-ups, including this beautiful desert home in Ariz., have put them on the national stage.

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Cary’s right-hand man, Terry Kohler, installation manager at CineMagic, has made both him and his entire crew available at a moment’s notice to support us in getting the project to the next phase. Sheetrock starts this week and, as always, I would have liked to have one more week to button everything up with additions coming in once or twice a week.

Jason Knott stopped by last week and everyone was on their best behavior. All the trades on this project have worked hard, and I feel better about the job now than I have in a while. Right now, the burden is on everyone to make the sheetrock date.

We will have a lot more on this project in the coming weeks, including photos and videos, about the prewire, design and challenges we have encountered.



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Mark has been both a commercial and residential integrator and systems engineer for over 25 years. He works with Builders, Homeowners and Architects to design and support all types of projects around the world. He is also a software developer (SalezToolz) and mad scientist/inventor (Xspot Products) all developed around what he saw as a need for the businesses he works with and supports. He has been a CEA Mark of Excellence judge the last 6 years and CE Pro Best awards Judge. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Mark at [email protected]

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