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SAV Intelligent Living Space

We were very excited, and humbled, when partner Legrand | AV asked to partner with us to bring our newest condo showroom to life. Last year, when this project began, we teased you with a couple of blog posts, https://www.savinc.net/search?q=soon-to-be, but now that, what we call “Block 106” and the “SAV Intelligent Living Space” is complete, Legrand | AV came in and not only wrote this incredible story, they produced an amazing video. Hope you enjoy them:

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Capturing the Magic

We love it when our photographer friends humor us by taking photos while the shades are in action. After being slightly puzzled at first when we ask, it quickly makes sense... shades are so important at SAV, from how they're controlled to fabric choices, and so much more, and they are always delighted to capture a little magic for us.

So what else is important?! Yes, control is HUGE, from a simple press of a button on an enhanced wall plate or remote to a slight touch on a wall panel or your smart phone – even by voice – you know, that ah-ha moment, but the beautiful fabric choices are also very important... UV control, percentage of transparency, full blackout, etc. And what about how they are installed... exposed, within valences, hidden pockets in the ceiling?

Technology, control, design, aesthetics, style, craftsmanship, reliability, precision, scalable, intuitive... In other words, we take window treatments VERY seriously.

The Brains of the Operation

Just about a year ago we captured a couple of our technicians putting the final touches on one of our clients racks, and since then it's been a fun game of hide and seek finding these centralized "brains" of our custom technology integrations. Some are are on display... I mean why not, they are pretty impressive (on a very nerdy level, but we plead guilty), nonetheless even when they're tucked away in the basement or boiler room, they are definitely a statement piece when you come across them.

Precisely built to not only keep equipment stylish and organized, but safe and efficiently running, when it comes to racks we take them very seriously, from keeping temperatures at ideal levels to organizing the wiring so perfectly it's hard to believe someone took the time to make them so pretty.

SAV Bozeman Showroom

Without further ado, we’d like to officially present our SAV Digital Environments showroom…

Yes, we have been here since 2004, back when the doors opened as Studio AV in the early days, but a lot of people didn’t know what was inside this unique building up North Wallace in the heart of the Northeast neighborhood. Back then it was a space for growth… a place for employees to work, a place to test out the latest and greatest home and business technologies, a place to build systems that would inevitably become the central nervous system of a nearby smart home or commercial environment, figuratively speaking.

We have been very fortunate over the years and finally reached a point of growth that we needed to open a new office for all of our employees to collaboratively work within. So what better to do with our Bozeman space than create a showroom out of it. A place that provides anyone that visits a glimpse at some premier technology; audio/video systems, automated shades and lights, smart glass, security and surveillance, an intelligent conference room, and soon the latest in voice AI.

We couldn’t have done it without you… our clients, our partners, our friends and family. A big thank you to everyone that has been a part of this journey with us, and a special thank you to those who have helped us turn this environment into a very special place so near and dear to our hearts; Minarik Architects, Envi Design, Urbaine Home, Earth Elements, and so many more.

Happy New Year and here’s to a prosperous 2019!

Mirror TV Custom Install

Most people are accustomed to seeing our integrations after they’re complete… the glitz, the glam, the technology. The finished product is always so impressive, but we must never forget all of the hard work that goes into each and every one of them, from the beginning to the end.

Here is a great “behind the scenes” look at the teamwork that went into this custom install… a 99.5 x 72” Séura Mirror with LED Lights and a 27” TV in the center. Bridging the gap between design and technology, Séura offers an extensive line of innovative products, including smart mirrors, and our clients are always very excited to have them as an option.

Automated Art & Concealed TV

Accompanied by 20 zones of distributed audio, 13 zones of video (9 of which are from central distribution), a home theater, entertainment room and bar, all intuitively controlled throughout this gorgeous home with Savant, as well as automated lighting and shades by Lutron, we then put a cherry on the top by recessing and concealing a 65” 4k TV above the fireplace in the living room, hidden behind split panel art.

Taking it a step further, built to match the width and aesthetics of the display, we had a custom sound bar made by Leon, flush mounted with the TV below, marrying the two. Integrating sound bars is a great way to enhance and provide substantial voice and sound reproduction which is not possible with built-in TV speakers, providing directed sound from the display creating a realistic viewing experience.

When the TV is turned on, the panels split and slide to either side with the help of Future Automation, revealing the display and sound bar. When turned off, they slide back together creating a piece of art, completely hiding the TV and automation equipment within the enclosed frame.

CEU courses through SAV

If you're interested in a CEU (come Jan or Feb 2019 at our Bozeman & Big Sky showrooms), let us know. We just had a couple 1 hr. sessions the other day with SÉURA called "The Science of Light," approved with Heath, Safety & Welfare (HSW) designation by IDCEC, and enjoyed the company of folks from Centre Sky Architecture, Bechtle Architects & Love Schack Architecture to Envi Design, ICON Interiors & Pomarico Design Studio Architecture.

If you're interested in one too (subjects change CEU to CEU), comment below or send an email to scott.abel@savinc.net.

Professionally Designed Home Theaters

SAV thoughtfully used leading-edge electronics for this home theater; A 4k projector accompanied by a 105” fixed acoustically transparent screen, an in-wall 7.2 surround sound system hidden behind professionally designed and engineered acoustic panels, advanced electronic power, energy and thermal management, the latest in automated lighting, climate, and audio/video control, and last but not least black leather, automated incline, theater-style seating with ratcheting headrests.

Features

Video System:
Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K 3D Projector
Stewart Filmscreen 105" 2.35:1 Cinamascope Perf Screen Fixed

7.2 Professional Surround Sound by JBL Synthesis (In-wall, hidden):
JBL Synthesis Four (LCR) S4HC, S4VC
JBL Synthesis Four Surrounds (4) S4Ai
JBL In-wall Dual 10” subwoofer (x2)

Surround Sound Processing and Amplification:
JBL Synthesis and SDEC 3000
JBL Amplification with Panamax
JBL Professional in-home calibration

Audio/Video Sources:
Local Sources: Gaming inputs for Wii and Xbox
Central Sources: AppleTV, Kaleidescape Blu-ray, DirecTV System

Control:
Full Savant Control and Integration
Lutron Lighting Control System

Power management:
Advanced electronics power, energy and thermal management

Theater Interior:
CinemaTech engineered acoustic room treatment and wall finishes professionally designed, engineered, and installed. Theater board on upper ceiling. 

Theater Seating:
CinemaTech professionally designed theater seating (2 rows of 5 seats) black leather with automated incline and ratcheting headrest.

Digital Solutions for All

At Home in Southwest Montana feature by Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Recently, a frustrated Bozeman couple wandered into the showroom at SAV Digital Environments on North Wallace Avenue. The couple had purchased an internet package from a local telecommunications company that ended up leaving their home with several dead zones. They attempted to solve the problem themselves by buying Wi-Fi extenders. No good. They consulted a local retail company that inevitably pushed more product on the couple, but that still did not solve the problem either. Finally, they made their way to SAV where they met Scott, the director of quality and customer.

Scott spoke with the couple for an hour that day and for another hour on the phone the following day before touring their home and providing a consultation. As he informed the couple of several potential solutions, they then asked how much this consultation is going to cost them. He said, “Our goal is to help you find the best solution to fit your needs, not to squeeze every last penny out of you.”

SAV is synonymous with seamless design, cutting-edge technology, and quality customer service. The company was formed as Studio AV in 2005, when owner Cory Reistad dreamt of creating the best audio and video environments possible. As technology progressed, so did business. They now outfit homes and businesses with not only A/V systems, but climate control, shades and lighting, security systems, and more, all of which can be automated with a press of a button on your smart phone, or even with voice. Wireless capabilities are also an in-home advancement we have seen take leaps within the last four or five years.

“What’s really important to us is clean, reliable, good-looking technology,” Scott says. “We hide wires to help preserve the aesthetics of the environment, we use flush details to help eliminate bulky components, and we sell appealing products that complement the environment.”

Though typical integrations involve visible products, if requested SAV is able to install “invisible” electronics, including speakers built into walls, pin-hole cameras, shades that roll up into concealed pockets, and even mirrors that transform into televisions.

“Smart mirrors are really cool,” Scott says. “You can get your agenda, morning news, or a movie in your bathroom or living room. And it’s all in the mirror!”

SAV is known for servicing some of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in southwest Montana, but a lot of people should know SAV values all integrations, large and small alike. “Most everyone likes the idea of cutting-edge technology, but they don’t necessarily know how to get it,” Scott says. “People who would want a cool audio system or a good security solution, it’s within arms reach and we’re here to help.”

The couple that wanted to kill their dead zones was presented with an option to achieve flawless internet connection. During their in-home consultation, Scott saw instruments laying around. Noticing music is important to them, he said, “We could create an immersive audio experience in here too that you could turn it off in one room and on in another from your phone.” Their faces lit up when they heard the word “immersive.” The solution was a mesh of overlapping wireless access points throughout the couple’s home with an end result being fast, reliable internet and then audio streaming from anywhere. And they can control everything from their phones, including shutting off internet to certain devices.

Stopping by the SAV showroom is a great way to find out what’s possible within your budget, not to mention getting a glimpse at some premier technology. You will see the fogging glass, camouflaged sound systems, automated shades and lights, and soon the latest in voice AI. It’s exciting to think that not only is this high-tech industry in our backyards, it could also be in our homes.

“This is the age of evolving design and technology,” Scott says. “Though we base our hearts in Bozeman and Big Sky, we have clients from Flathead to Paradise Valley to Missoula to Jackson, Wyoming.”

SAV Awarded Home of the Year

Photos ©William Abranowicz

Hidden Magic

In addition to the architecture and interior design, the cutting-edge digital component of the home contributed to its winning status—many amenities are invisible when you enter the home, which helps create the home’s tranquility. SAV worked with WRJ Design from the beginning of this project to provide lighting control, automated window treatments and AV throughout the home, amongst more.

“This home took dedication and devotion to precision at every level from the entire team. Working with the iconic vision of WRJ on this project was a delight for us. We have become adept at weaving technology into homes while retaining design aesthetics, the marriage of the two, and that’s where technology and design align to maximize efficiency, convenience, and enhanced levels of comfort for our clients.” – Cory Reistad, SAV Digital Environments

Cory shares a behind-the-scenes look at technological components in the home:

Flush details: To eliminate bulky components and preserve the aesthetics of the home, such as wall outlets and switches, SAV used a trimless and flush mounting solution throughout for wiring devices and automated controls such as lighting and shades.

Automated shades & drapes: Electronically controlled and hidden within pockets, or recessed into the window casement when up, SAV integrated shading solutions that a create a seamless appearance throughout as well as automated drapery that opens and closes with a simple push of a button.

Invisible speakers: SAV installed invisible speakers in the walls and then finished over them with the surrounding surface to deliver ambient music that emanates throughout the space with no visual footprint. It’s almost as if the walls become the speakers themselves.

Lighting control: SAV knows that lighting has a significant impact on not only the aesthetics of any given space, but the occupants as well. In order to achieve enhanced levels of comfort, they added high-performance lighting and control throughout the home for smooth and continuous dimming. Not only does this approach save energy, it helps maintain a visual quality for the occupants without compromising the building’s electrical infrastructure.

Read the whole article on Mountain Living

The Modern Workplace

Within the Commercial Division at SAV lies smart conference rooms. Having the right conference room will boost productivity, collaboration, comfort and so much more. How often do you participate in a meeting and have a difficult time hearing people on the line, video conferencing lags or won’t even connect, it takes 10 minutes to get your presentation up on the display, you're frustrated by a mess of cords, traffic going by is distracting, there’s a ceiling light shining right in your face, or the climate is too cold or too hot?

SAV will provide the personal, experienced, touch needed to improve interactions between not only meeting-goers, but people and the environment too. Removing time-wasting barriers in conference rooms is essential to efficient meetings and we're here to help create a comfortable, intelligent environment and make it easy to connect instantly, share content seamlessly, and streamline meetings without interruption.

From 4k digital media control and display tiling, instant wireless connectivity, and room-filled clean and clear audio to lighting dimmed to perfect levels of comfort, efficient and convenient climate control, and automated shades for not only privacy but to reduce distractions, we’re here to create stress-free, consistent, positive experiences in the modern workplace with reliable technology that works for you, not the other way around.

SAV Livable Space Continued...
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It’s all starting to come together and our excitement levels are off the charts. A few months ago we captured some of our team in action in this soon-to-be SAV livable space that’ll combine human-centric lightinghigh-level audio, and modern sophisticated design offering an experience that’s bringing comfort, technology, architecture, and elegance together. But it’s more than just the SAV livable space, you can really start to see the whole building come to life, even the commercial space. Not only will the livable space house cutting-edge smart home and business solutions, the rest of the building is going to be a great representation of modern technologies that are redefining the way people live and interact with their environments.

CEDIA 2018

In the ever-changing, ever-evolving, fast-paced home and business technology industry, when opportunities present themselves such as CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association), it's not only highly beneficial but important to attend and participate in. 

This year, like last, San Diego hosted more than 20,000 technology professionals and over 500 exhibitors. We were excited and fortunate to attend again. Thoughtfully touching nearly every corner of SAV, from Sales, Design Engineering, and Operations to Project Management, Client Services, and Technical Services, we received the opportunity to see new products as well as breakthrough innovations and participate in targeted training courses. 

Seeing and learning about cutting-edge technologies, first-hand, not to forget to mention having intimate one-on-ones with partners such as Séura, Lutron, Savant, Josh.ai, Nexus 21, Sonance, and Sonos, the experience is priceless. We can't forget about spending quality time with our manufacturer reps and then seeing and participating in activities with our fellow colleagues. It was a time, and experience, to remember!

Let there be light, or not...

Whether it's natural light intuitively controlled by automated shades, blinds and even smart glass or in-home lighting from in-ceiling fixtures and chandeliers to ambient under-lighting, we love  coming up with solutions that don't compromise the flow and integrity of any given space. We like to enhance the environment with lighting control through careful consideration while paying attention even the smallest details, which in turn allows the overall environmental design to be the focus, not the lighting. By taking this approach, we bring style to life and maximize efficiency, convenience, comfort levels, and above all, energy consumption.

Live the Legendary Performance

Though we really didn't need to find and vet a company like McIntosh, because we already know of their quality, their standards, their history, and beyond all their passion, we are absolutely thrilled to be a partner now and just loved visiting and taking part in their extensive training program on location in Binghamton, NY last week!

Lawn Party & Outdoor Audio Event

What a great event! Thanks to everyone who swung by and a huge thank you to James Loudspeaker, an incredible audio partner that takes pride, and they should, in coming up with innovative solutions, unprecedented customizations, and flawless sonic reproduction within residential and commercial, indoor and outdoor, applications.

To learn more about how SAV and James Loudspeaker can help minimize visual presence in your interior or landscape décor, resulting in a refined entertainment experience, call 406.586.5593

Blending Cutting-Edge Technologies with Innovative Ideas

Imagine skiing or hiking up to your mud room and the doors slide open automatically for you. This high-end smart home brings a new meaning to the idea of ski-in, ski-out, or hike-in, hike-out, depending on the season, by blending a mix of cutting-edge technologies with innovative ideas.

Winter or summer, this home screams "entertainment" with all of its unique features, technology, and layout. Whether it's the automated sliding doors guiding you elegantly into the entertainment room downstairs that houses a home theater, pool table, and bar, or the deck above with panoramic views of the rocky mountains containing an automated fire pit, hot tub, weather proof TV and surround sound speakers, SAV's custom low-voltage integration system in this home utilizes the best of today's capabilities, all from a centralized secure IP network.

Not only are guests able to relax to streaming music that touches every corner of this home while sitting in an interior jetted tub, instantly being able to tint the windows with the press of a button, if they want, they can simultaneously watch movies, catch the game, play video games, or sing karaoke, all in surround sound from the various 4K TV’s and cosmetically matching sound-bar speakers throughout. The only thing that makes that better is doing it from the 160” projection screen that drops in front of the main TV in the downstairs entertainment room!

From all of these technologies and features, including security cameras covering the whole premises, entry point detection, and automated lighting and shades, this home packs a tech-punch that is hard to beat.

Gateway to the Big Sky
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Taking in the beauty of Montana’s Gallatin Gateway on the drive to Big Sky from Bozeman arguably primes ones senses for this project of SAV's we call "Wilderness Ridge." The first view of this modern home of stone and wood, contained within an elegant steel structure, presents itself as an artful fusion of unique, contemporary features with a “touch” of Western character.

As you approach this immaculate home, it seems to invitingly guide one in with illuminated down lights spotting from a wood ceiling, highlighting the entry and soft stone wall to the left, getting an overwhelming feeling of being welcomed. Entering, a visitors first “handshake” is with the lights, slowly dimming to off, as the west-facing shades reveal the gorgeous views and bright blue skies.

Although filled head to toe with technology - audio, video, security, automated lighting and shades – there is no clutter. The only visible signs of technology are well-placed keypads, decretive LED fixtures, thoughtfully placed down lights, and mid-day, down-positioned shades.

In the evening, as the sun begins to glare in from the west, the lights slowly illuminate and the strategically placed semi-transparent shades (or blackout depending on which room you are in) reveal themselves from custom pockets in the ceiling. SAV's automated programming is what makes this happen. In the moment, it was as if the lights and shades were talking to each other, congruent for the common good of creating calm. The aesthetics are uncompromising in these rooms.

As you continue through the home, the use of subtle, ambient lighting enhances the space, from under bathroom counter tops, to the impressive stairway, offering soft-lit safety. Once in the downstairs, lighting and shades are manipulated by simple, custom-labeled buttons to enhance the environment. “Rec Room” brought everything to life, while individuals like “Entertain” lit only select features – the pool table, bar and wine cellar. The room simply transformed per your request, whether you just want to relax and watch a movie or chill with music streaming from all angles.

SAV Digital Environments orchestrates various technologies to work in concert. Though the structure itself, the materials used, the design elements throughout, and the attention to detail were very intentional and impressive, the customized integration of environmental enhancements brings this home to life. The lighting, the shades, the control, the feeling... This home is perfectly fit for an enhanced lifestyle, designed to work seamlessly with advanced technologies, bringing intuitive control to the environments throughout. 

From the Ground to the Sky

What's more exciting than working on the largest private hanger in the state... working on private jets within!

After installing high-level security and video surveillance, facial recognition and motion tracking, and the strongest most technologically advanced controlled access entry points, including 360° field of view cameras and pan-tilt-zooms, strategic AV solutions throughout including a VoIP conference room, and fully networking from head to toe, we then shifted our focus to the sky.

Top notch security, uninterrupted connectivity and media entertainment mid-flight, it's a project that is second to none!

SAV Digital Environments New Showroom

For over a dozen years SAV Digital Environments flagship office at 618 North Wallace in Bozeman has been the central hub for housing employees, meeting with partners and clients, parking the fleet, vetting and testing the latest and greatest technologies, building racks and so much more.

As SAV grew over the years, we opened 2 new locations; a showroom in Big Sky and an office space in Four Corners. Inspired by the new showroom in Big Sky, our eclectic Bozeman space was recently transformed into an additional SAV showroom where visitors are able to walk through the front door and immediately experience some incredible examples of audio/video systems, automation, lighting and shade control, security and more.

Explore Big Sky: On May 10, the innovative automation technology company SAV Digital Environments welcomed Earth Elements, a multi-faceted interior design and supply company, into their N. Wallace location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of their new Design & Technology Showroom, a collaborative space at 618 N. Wallace St. in Bozeman. 

“It just made sense,” said Cory Reistad, president of SAV. “We share some of the same clientele, and this location is convenient for the Bozeman community.”

“I’m pleased with how it all turned out,” said Steve Taylor, owner of Earth Elements. “This will end up saving our employees and our customers time and fuel.”

Audiophiles were treated to an extremely rare Steinway Lyngdorf Model B loudspeaker demonstration as they explored the new showroom and collaborative space enjoying hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and conversation.

Photography: ©SAVAlexandra GilbertsonExplore Big Sky & Bozeman Chamber of Commerce