In addition to our technical systems design work, we routinely assist in the key planning associated with performing arts facilities with Owners, Architects and project stakeholders. This includes the development of programmatic requirements for facilities along with seating and stage layouts, sightline studies, catwalk and access planning for technical personnel, control room design, dressing and wardrobe rooms, lobby and front-of-hose amenities, and technical workshop/storage layouts. We help plan the design with the entirety of the venue and its needs in mind, because we can provide direct in-office coordination of all the associated disciplines we support – as rigging and lighting are all necessarily integrated with audio, AV, and acoustics, we have the resources immediately at hand to ensure design solutions are cohesively created with the expertise in-house.

Beyond that, we:
Work closely with Owners and Architects to develop the requirements and budgets necessary to plan and track projects.
We perform rigging and lighting facility assessments which allow for project and safety planning.
We create project budgets used for immediate and long-term planning.
We assist in the development of facility, campus, and district standards for the systems within our expertise.
We represent the Owner in review of bid and procurement packages.
We develop equipment lists for associated with these specialty systems as required for procurement under FF&E or other purchasing agreements both in conjunction with or separate from a larger project.

WJHW’s consulting work benefits both from our direct involvement in the many different facility types we have encountered and from our team’s direct experience working as users in the performing arts and the larger entertainment industry. Specifically, our designers have all worked in the venue types we serve and directly with the systems we design. This experience means we understand the way in which the day-to-day work that happens in a facility is managed and gets accomplished.