DAW_logo_2014D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today named the annual 2014 D-Tools Design Awards Winners and Finalists. Sponsored by MVP Program partners Anthony Gallo Acoustics, Atlona, Stealth Acoustics, IC Realtime, Kordz, Kramer, and Vaddio, the contest categories included Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. An awards ceremony announcing the winners took place during D-Tools’ CEDIA Expo launch event (sponsored by Core Brands, Atlona, and Epson) held in D-Tools’ booth during the Expo.

Selected from a diverse group of D-Tools user projects, the winning entries were chosen by D-Tools product team members and select certified partners, and were judged on a number of criteria; originality, depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage, overall system design, and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

“With the annual D-Tools Design Awards, I’m reminded of how incredibly talented, creative, and innovative our System Integrator users are,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We designed these awards so that we could celebrate the industry’s top system designers who are benefitting from the use of D-Tools System Integrator platform. This year’s entries were exemplary, and we are proud to be a part of these installations as a tool that helped successfully create and manage them.”

The Winners and Finalists are as follows:

2014 D-Tools Design Awards Winners & Finalists

  • Best Commercial:
    Current Supply, Inc. – Casino New Build Project – Submitted by Nathan Haynes
    Project overview: New AV for large casino chain in BC Canada including 8 zones of audio and fully integrated touch screen control system.


  • Honorable Mention Commercial:
    Atea – d’Angleterre Hotel – Submitted by Peter Meyer
    Project overview: Complete overhaul of 1870’s era neoclassical hotel to equip all meeting room facilities with large monitors, projectors and screens along with transmitted audio for restaurants, lounges, spa/ fitness and club.Sound Stage, Inc. – Florida Conference Project – Submitted by Joe Forbes
    Project overview: Florida Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist relocation. Conference room lighting and video for broadcast truck along with video wall, projection, presentation, camera automation and recordings needed for board and conference rooms.


  • Best Residential:
    Bjorn’s Audio & Video – Residence – Submitted by Randall Starr
    Project overview: AV and control integration for 25’x30′ theater room and whole home audio/video.


  • Honorable Mention Residential:
    Hausba Smarthomes Limited – Palm Spring Villa – Submitted by Chibuzo Nwankpo
    Project overview: Full automation of a Residential 3-story villa comprising IP surveillance, smart sighting, AC control, whole house AV distribution and fire/intrusion alarm system.Noise – Home Automation Project – Submitted by Marcello Matera
    Project overview: Whole home automation in 3-story residential building, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    VanWert Technology Design – New Construction Project – Submitted by David VanWert
    Project overview: AV integration within new 5,000 sq. ft. home located in Beverly Hills, Ca.


  • Most Unique:
    Atea – Hotel Project – Submitted by Christian Brondbo
    Project overview: Design and installed new conference hotel in Norway containing conference hall, 11 meeting rooms and a skybar.


  • Best Overall:
    Draw4 – Residential Home Cinema Project – Submitted by James Owen
    Project overview: Design demonstration detailing residential home cinema product package.


The D-Tools Design Awards winners were awarded considerable prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners, including:



To learn more about the D-Tools Design Awards, MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com.


About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

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D-Tools, Inc.
(925) 270-4102

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D-Tools, Inc.
(925) 270-4105


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