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CEDIA Awards 2016 – A Recap


Sep 16, 2016

By Ed Wenck

Five bars, brisket, and the best in the home tech industry – that’s the TL;DR version of Thursday night’s CEDIA 2016 Celebration at Gilley’s Dallas.

After a bit of networking on Gilley’s massive dance floor (transformed from a country line-dancing mecca into the center of the CEDIA universe for a night) and a taste of what Texans define as “appetizers” (big enough for a meal, actually), web star Carley Knobloch and CEDIA CEO Vin Bruno began handing out the trophies.

A great example of what this means to the home technology professional? DSI, winners in the Home Theater category in both Levels II and III, brought their entire team on stage for the photo that accompanied the trophy presentation – and every member of the team nearly ran up the stairs to the stage.

Jason Bridger of ABL and Sam Ashton of Liquid Automation both made the trip to Dallas from New Zealand, and the two shared the Best Special Project Award for a job the firms had partnered on, a job that took no less than six years to complete. One of the biggest challenges? “The change in technology over those six years was daunting,” said Ashton. The project – a luxury lodge sited hours away from the infrastructure of Auckland – gave the integrators even more problems to solve when the project shifted from private residence to temporary-resident facility halfway through the project. Controls had to be intuitive enough for a broad variety of users beyond, say, a single nuclear family.


"That space was a tight squeeze."


Tyler Furr of North Integration cut loose with the classic “I never win anything!” after his firm picked up the top prize in the Best Integrated Home (Level III) category. The project – new construction that had to replicate the original structure to preserve the historical look of the home’s Florida neighborhood – gave North spatial issues to overcome. Furr’s partner Andrew Taylor put the challenge simply: "That space was a tight squeeze,” noting that the firm had to transform a linen closet into a properly ventilated and cooled equipment room.

Furr said he was overwhelmed by the award. “I’m proud the be a CEDIA member,” he noted, and Taylor added that this was the first time their firm had ever entered the competition.

When asked how he felt about the nod, Sam Ashton was succinct.

“Fantastic,” he said simply.

Here’s a complete list of Thursday night’s grand prize winners. A complete yearbook, including winners, finalists, and entrants, will be available later in the year, online and in print.


MEDIA ROOM

Best Media Room Level I: $100,000 & Under            

La Scala | Vancouver, BC | Canada                        

Best Media Room Level II: $100,000 & Over            

Audio Images | Newport Beach, California | USA

*NOTE: This winner also won Best Media Room in the Global Division.

HOME THEATER

Best Home Theater Level I $200,000 & Under

Audio Images | Newport Beach, California | USA

Best Home Theater Level II $200,000 - $450,000                                       

DSI | California | USA                                               

Best Home Theater Level III $450,000 & over                                       

DSI | California | USA

Best Home Theater Asia Pacific

Zene Private Theater | Beijing | China

*NOTE: This winner also won Best Home Theater in the Global Division.

INTEGRATED HOME

Best Integrated Home Level I: $200,000 & Under

ZIO Group, LLC | Winter Park, Florida |USA

Best Integrated Home Level II: $200,000 - $450,000                                       

Graytek Solutions Ltd. | Coquitlam, BC | Canada                            

Best Integrated Home Level III: $450,000 & Over           

North Integration | Waltham, Massachusetts |USA

Integrated Home Asia Pacific

Look & Listen | Queensland | Australia

*NOTE: This winner also won Best Integrated Home in the Global Divison.

SPECIAL PROJECT

Best Special Project

ABL Group and Liquid Automation | Auckland | New Zealand

*NOTE: This winner also won Best Special Project in the Asia Pacific division.

BEST SOLUTION

Best Innovative Solution

Admit One, Inc. | Edina, Minnesota | USA

BEST SHOWROOM

Admit One, Inc. | Edina, Minnesota | USA                                        

SUBCATEGORIES:

Best Dressed System 

Admit One, Inc. | Edina, Minnesota | USA                         

*NOTE: This overall project won Best Showroom in the Americas category.

Best Documentation 

ABL Group and Liquid Automation | Auckland | New Zealand     

*NOTE: This overall project also won Best Special project in both the Americas and Asia Pacific Divisions.

GLOBAL AWARDS

Best Media Room:

Audio Images | Newport Beach, California | USA             

*NOTE: This winner also won Best Media room in the Americas division.

Best Home Theater:

Zene Private Theater | Beijing | China                                                             

NOTE: This winner also won Best Home Theater in the Asia Pacific division.

Best Integrated Home:

Look & Listen | Queensland | Australia                                            

NOTE: This winner also won Best Integrated Home in the Asia Pacific division.

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