At the recent 2009 WFX show in Long Beach, leading AV system and acoustical design consulting firms Acoustic Dimensions and Sound Technology Consultants (STC) of San Diego announced a merger, resulting in the expansion of the geographic base of Acoustic Dimensions across the entire U.S.
In 1992, Craig Janssen, Vance Breshears and David Kahn met together to discuss forming a consulting firm that would provide whole systems design thinking to spaces where people gather together to share an experience.
Kahn had opened the New York office of Acoustic Dimensions the prior year, while Janssen and Breshears proceeded to open the Acoustic Dimensions office in Dallas.
Early project successes including the Grand Ole Opry, Wildhorse Saloon and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the conversion of the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway in New York City for David Wilkerson’s ministry, The Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon, and venues at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Universal Studios in Orlando.
During this time, Nicholas Edwards joined the team with his office in Coventry, U.K., taking the firm international.
In 1995, Breshears and his wife, feeling the pressure of being far away from their families, returned to the San Diego area where he started Sound Technology Consultants, providing AV and acoustic design services for worship, education, and entertainment projects.
Both Acoustic Dimensions and Sound Technologies Consultants grew independently over the next 14 years—occasionally competing, but for the most part focusing in different geographic areas. As each company expanded, core values, work ethic, dedication to excellence, passion for innovation and a strong desire to serve client’s needs remained common threads.
In 2008, Janssen and Breshears began to consider the possibility of teaming again. Both organizations shared nearly identical values and were independently successful. A blending of talents and skills between the two groups could be extremely successful. Technology could also help facilitate real-time collaboration in a way that wasn’t possible back in 1995.
“The advantages were undeniable: efficiencies of scale, shared resources, an expanded pool of talent, greater geographical reach,” Breshears explains.
“Perhaps most importantly, there was a common vision for the future—one based on innovation,” notes Janssen.