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[ tech · no · lo · gy ] The practical application of knowledge. "Our experience with the RLS team has proven that a partnership can be formed with like minded consultants, bringing the highest level of professionalism and service to the design process, resulting in a 10 year working relationship on Finance, Technology and Entertainment companies." ­ Michael Garcia, Principal, Garcia + Francica Architects RLS develops creative, cost-effective, and lasting designs for Data Centers, Voice / Data / Video Networks, Audiovisual Systems, and Media Facilities. For over 25 years, we have provided our Clients with solutions for systems and infrastructure that employ a mastery of technology with technical program management to achieve successful project implementation. Combining expertise in program management, powerful budget modeling, detailed construction documents, and thorough construction administration, we incorporate technology designs into buildings that help our Clients' operations to succeed. We work for building architects, corporations, entertainment companies, educational institutions, and government. Our portfolio includes Data Centers, Broadcast Radio and TV Facilities, WebCast Studios, Distance Learning Centers, Film Screening Rooms, Labs, Corporate Campuses, Universities, Government Institutions, and most other facilities that house bipeds and inanimate objects.


Technology Program Management

Our command of technology and the construction process keeps both "green field" and "fork-lift upgrade" projects on track, on budget, and aligned with strategic goals. We provide goal definition, cost control, competitive vendor selection, and implementation oversight.

Technology Infrastructure

Our infrastructure expertise encompasses over 30 million square feet of structured wiring systems and numerous Data Centers. If your project involves voice, data or video, chances are we've probably designed something just like it.

Network Design

We design powerful, secure, and resilient voice, data, and video networks. We develop tools that aid our Clients in evaluating the functional and cost benefits of emerging technologies such as VoIP telephony, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and wireless networks.

"RLS was a true partner to my IT group and facilities team. They not only had a superb understanding of technology and the construction process, but they were our advocates to the rest of the design and construction team." ­ Lee Hsiao, Information Services Manager, Namco

Audiovisual Systems

Our 25 years of experience enables us to provide unbiased recommendations aligned with your requirements. Our portfolio includes Auditoriums, Conference Rooms, Libraries, Theaters, and Distance Learning Classrooms.

Media Facilities

We integrate all aspects of facilities design ­ acoustic and architectural design, power distribution, HVAC, lighting design, and low voltage cabling design. We have designed hundreds of Recording Studios, Radio Stations, TV and WebCast Studios, and Video Post Production Facilities that exhibit predictable performance.

Select Projects


KKSF, KYLD, KMEL, K101, KCMG, KPIX Newsroom, KTEH Public Television Digital Systems Upgrade, NetApp WebCast Studio & Demonstration Facility, UC Berkeley School of News & Journalism "Their rigor, experience and professionalism provided significant value... I would not hesitate to recommend RLS to other Companies and look forward to working with them again in the future." ­ John Koenig, Former CIO of Lucasfilm and Current Director of Technology for Lawrence Livermore Labs


ESC Entertainment, Disney Vacation Club Presentation Centers, ABC Executive Conference Center, Namco US HQ Facility


St. Francis Memorial Hospital Technology Infrastructure Upgrade and Surgery and Emergency Departments, Hospice of Marin Corporate HQ, Contra Costa Health Services Data Center, UCSF Parnassus Campus Technology Study


State of California San Francisco Civic Center Complex, County of Alameda Server Room, Mystic Seaport Technology Standards Consulting

Corporate Campus

Lucasfilm's Letterman Digital Arts Center, Franklin Templeton Bay Meadows HQ, Intuit Mountain View Campus

Mid & High Rise

Wells Fargo Bank 33-story Corporate Offices & Server Room, Adobe Systems Worldwide HQ, Microsoft Silicon Valley Corporate HQ, Sony Northwest Operations Center

Data Centers

AboveNet, BroadVision, Barnes & Noble (, Lucasfilm Ltd., NetObjects, Fair Isaac & Company


San Francisco Chinese Alliance Church, Community Presbyterian Church of Cupertino, Ephesians Church of San Francisco, Saint Beulah Church of San Francisco, San Francisco Christian Center, Sonoma Christian Church


SFSU Campus Technology Infrastructure Upgrade, San Francisco School District Technology Master Plan, Stanford University Wallenberg Center for Learning


Letterman Digital Arts Center

Located in The Presidio National Park, the four-building, nearly one million square foot Letterman Digital Arts Center showcases RLS' multi-disciplinary technology expertise. As Prime Technology Consultant on the project, we managed the planning and design of multiple technology systems. Our involvement encompassed conducting needs assessments, complete design, preparation of construction documents, bidding and procurement, construction administration, and commissioning. We developed an extensive Technical Program Document, created and maintained a detailed consolidated IT budget, and facilitated a competitive vendor selection process which ultimately affected a significant cost savings to the Client. In designing the network we also helped the Client make key technology and critical procurement decisions.This effort included the review of VoIP, TDM/PBX telephony, 10 Gb Ethernet, and the use of Wireless LAN technologies in a security-sensitive environment. Our scope included: · Structured Wiring System · Data Center · Audiovisual and Broadband Systems · WebCast Studio · Converged Voice over IP/ Data / Video / Wireless Network

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Client: Lucasfilm Ltd. Location: The Presidio, CA


Namco US Headquarters

Working with Garcia + Francica Architects, RLS was selected as the Prime Technology Consultant for the A/E Team tasked with designing the new headquarters facility for this Interactive Video Game Engineering company. The facilities included several "technology intensive" spaces, such as a Server Room, IDF spaces, Labs, and Multimedia Conference Rooms. RLS provided design, consulting and project management associated with the Server Room, Structured Wiring System, Voice and Data Network, and Audiovisual Systems. Our work also included the creation of a Technical Program Document, RFP preparation for a Converged Network featuring full VoIP implementation, administration of the Vendor selection process, and construction administration of all technical components. The Audiovisual System featured various rooms that included Crestron control of numerous AV sources, computer interfaces, multiple gaming consoles, motorized projector lifts, and 7.1 surround sound. Room types included conference rooms, development lounges, a boardroom, and two reception area lobbies with custom curved projection screens utilizing geometric corrective projectors.

Client: Namco Hometek Location: Santa Clara, CA


BroadVision Worldwide Headquarters

BroadVision's corporate headquarters, located within the Redwood Shores Development, encompasses nearly 600,000 square feet of high-technology office space. RLS fostered BroadVision's mission by providing design and installation oversight for a new voice / data cable plant and infrastructure network systems. Additionally, RLS was responsible for design and specification of all building Audiovisual systems (a 1.8 million dollar budget), and a new WebCast Studio Facility supporting BroadVision University and Corporate Communications. Complete scope encompassed:

Client: BroadVision Location: Redwood City, CA

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Voice / Data Cable Plant Design and Specification Data Center Design PBX Center Design Main Network Distribution Center Design WebCast Studio Supporting BroadVision University Audiovisual and Broadband Systems Construction Administration and Installation Oversight


Sony Northwest Operations Center

As a testimony to the lasting value of our technology solutions: In 1991 we designed all of the building technology systems within Sony's 650,000 sq. ft. facility and brought fiber to the desktops of nearly 3,000 users. Over a decade later, this infrastructure is still in place and has served a myriad of advancements in technology. Scope Encompassed: · Building cable tray and cable routing design · Communications cable plant design for 1400+ voice / data stations · Audiovisual Systems design consulting for 10,000 sq. ft. Conference Center, including video conferencing room and systems · Building MATV and AV systems design · Signal distribution, lighting design, and custom control software for the Employee Electronics Store · Off-air signal distribution for the Consumer Service Center · Design of Security Systems control console · Complete construction documents for an Audio Lab / Studio

Client: Sony Corporation of America Location: San Jose, CA


James H. Clark Center

Stanford's James H. Clark Center is home to the experimental Bio-X Program, which connects biology and medicine by allowing scholars from the Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Information Technology disciplines to perform collaborative research in one facility. This forward-looking program demanded a facility that would utilize the best of today's technology to engender interdisciplinary learning. RLS supported world-renowned architect Foster & Partners by creating integrated Audiovisual systems that complement the award-winning building design ­ and that ultimately help academics share information efficiently. In essence, RLS designed systems that blended with the architecture and exceeded client expectations for performance.

Client: Stanford University Location: Palo Alto, CA

The project involved the construction of three, 3-story buildings comprising the Clark Center. Our effort on the project encompassed the integration of Audiovisual Technology Systems within an Auditorium, Classrooms, Labs, and Conference Rooms.


Flora Lamson Hewlett Library

In the words of its President, James A. Donahue, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) was created out of the belief that "the future of religious renewal and theological education in this world depends on the willingness of faith traditions to come together in the midst of differences." GTU's Flora Lamson Hewlett Library is one of the largest theological libraries in the United States, possessing over 410,000 volumes and 285,000 microforms and other media. Necessitated by a growing collection and a demand for current technological resources, RLS was called upon to recommend and integrate technology systems within the renovated library. We assisted the GTU in this endeavor by providing new Library Information Technology Systems including the design and engineering of: · · · · Voice / Data Cable Plant Infrastructure Data Center Telephone System ( including Unified Messaging) Audiovisual Presentation Systems supporting a Community Training Outreach Program

Client: Graduate Theological Union Location: Berkeley, CA



Following the acquisition of several Broadcast Radio properties within the San Francisco and Los Angeles markets, Clear Channel Corporation undertook a campaign to consolidate the physical facilities of these properties. The consolidation not only offered Clear Channel the opportunity to reduce operating costs by bringing together multiple properties within one physical location, but also provided the opportunity to upgrade each station with current digital production and Internet broadcast transmission. RLS supported Executive Architects Hornberger + Worstell, Inc. by providing interior architectural, acoustic, and lighting design, as well as technical systems integration for the On Air, News, and Production Studios, and the Engineering areas within each of the stations. We helped Clear Channel reduce overall operating costs by designing a Master Engineering Control Room within both the San Francisco and Los Angeles facilities. Since the Master Control Room centralized technical equipment serving the multiple stations located within each of the facilities, a single engineering team could support up to four stations. This enhanced operational efficiency and overall cost savings.

Client: Clear Channel Location: San Francisco & Los Angeles, CA


Zion Theater

Combining expertise in architecture, acoustics, and systems design, we created the Zion Theater at ESC Entertainment. The Theater is made up of a film and digital video Screening Room and a Projection Booth. The Screening Room is used primarily for viewing dailies, work prints, and pre-release 35mm films, such as The Matrix Reloaded, which was produced in the new facility. We set out to design a space for film viewing that would enable special effects designers to view critical elements of their created effects in an environment replicating a commercial movie theater. Not only is the finished product technically suited toward special effects designers with its comfortable seating for 40-50 people and its high quality surround sound audio playback, Zion Theater is an ideal stage for presenting ESC's finished product to current and prospective Clients.

Client: ESC Entertainment Location: Alameda, CA


CSU East Bay Distance Learning Center

Cal State East Bay (formerly known as CSU Hayward) called upon RLS to design a Distance Learning Center as part of the reconstruction of the Lower Mall within the campus library. Creating a sophisticated Distance Learning Center requires unparalleled coordination between architecture and technology. Camera angles, sight lines, projection image geometries, acoustics, seating, and audiovisual components all must be impeccably integrated. RLS supported CSU East Bay's executive architect, VBN, by providing interior architectural, acoustic, and technical systems design for this truly visionary center. By creating a 3-dimensional model of the new facility, RLS helped the University's Director of Distance Learning visualize the educational environment he strove to create.

Client: CSU East Bay Location: Hayward, CA


Building 8 WebCast Production Facility

E-learning, or Internet-enabled learning, is core to Cisco's philosophy of delivering educational content to their employees and their Clients. The WebCast Production Facility was critical to this mission by creating a method for broadcasting live content to the Internet. RLS was tasked with designing the entire Television Facility, which encompassed four separate Production Control Room / Studio areas, a Studio / Lab, an Edit Suite, an Audio Control Room, a Narration Studio, and a Compression Lab that are all electronically interconnected via a common Master Control Lab. The equipment complement in the Master Control Lab and Production Control Rooms ensured easy program interchange with other production groups and service bureaus - both internal and external to Cisco. Working with Devcon Construction, RLS provided architectural and acoustic design, technical power system consulting, lighting design, and HVAC noise control consulting for this sophisticated facility.

Client: Cisco Systems Location: San Jose, CA


Randy Sparks After graduating from SFSU with a degree in Industrial Design, Randy began his career by developing an expertise in acoustics, lighting design, HVAC noise control, technical power distribution systems, and interior architecture. Following his chance encounter and ensuing apprenticeship with Jim Augustus (a.k.a Master of Network Infrastructure) he added structured wiring system design to his knowledge base. As the founder of RLS, Randy has leveraged this interdisciplinary expertise to help constantly position us for the next wave of technology, and the integration of new technologies within architecture. He has been the lead on hundreds of projects over the last 25 years, including the Letterman Digital Arts Center, Wells Fargo Bank's 333 Market Street High-rise, the SFSU Joint Library, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, KKSF, KYLD, KMEL, K101, KITS, KCMG, KTEH, KPIX, Cisco Internet Broadcast Studios, and other technically complex facilities. Mark McComb An Electrical Engineering graduate from Cal Poly, Mark commands expertise in the areas of Telecommunications, Broadband RF, Audiovisual Systems, and Security. In addition to design and engineering, Mark specializes in budget modeling for all of our projects. He has been principally responsible for our efforts on the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, Namco US Headquarters, and Motorola PCS Development Labs. Mark is known around the office as the man that can never be rattled and who relentlessly loves his job. He also performs well when deprived of sleep for long periods of time and he plays extremely well with others. Mr. McComb heads up our new Denver office. Jim Augustus Ever since that "chance encounter" with Mr. Sparks in 1991, Jim has been the principal designer of over 30 million square feet of technology infrastructure. Using science and his wits, Mr. Augustus has gained a reputation for playing the role of MacGyver on many of our more complex projects. He seems to be able to provide creative solutions to almost any challenge we come across. In his prior life, he spent 15 years in integrated circuit design before moving on to DEC's Western Research Lab, working in Ethernet Development. He uses this expertise to design and oversee the installation of world-class industrial computing infrastructure. Jim's portfolio includes infrastructure and Data Center design for the Letterman Digital Arts Center, Sony's Northwest Operations Center, and the Adobe World Headquarters in San Jose. When he's not thinking up new ways to effectively deliver photons and electrons, Jim hangs out at the Yosemite Sugar Pine Mountain Railroad where he is the Chief Engineer.


A&E Architects : ABC ­ American Broadcasting Company : Adaptec : Adobe Systems, Inc. : Air Systems, Inc. : AKG Corporation : Alameda County : Amdahl : American Baptist Homes : Apple Computer, Inc. : Applied Materials : Architectronix : Ariba Technologies : Ashby ­ Wells Design : AT&T : Atalla : Atari, Inc. : Atlanta Productions : Baker & McKenzie Law Firm : Barclay's Bank : Barrett Group Architecture : Barnes& : BART BAVC : Bay Records : BCCI Construction : BDM Construction : Benham Capital Management : Bentley Company : Bill Burch Productions : Bill Graham Presents : Blake-Drucker Architects : Blue Shield : Bogas Productions Borland International : Brayer Elecric : Breene Kerr Productions : Brewer Fraser Holland : BroadVision : Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP : Burton Peek Edwards Architect : C/NET : California Café : California Girl Fitness California State University, Fresno : California State University, Hayward : California State University, Los Angeles : California State University, Monterey Bay : California State University, San Francisco : California State University, San Jose : Carrasco and Associates AIA : CAS Architects : Cathedral of Faith : Centerspace Dance Studios : Chadron State College : Chalk Hill Winery : Clear Channel Broadcasting : Channing House : Charles Schwab : Chevron Corporation : Chevy's Restaurants : Cine Rent West : Cisco Systems : City Aerobics : City of Cupertino : City of Fremont : City of Santa Rosa : The Coca-Cola Company : College of the Redwoods Community Presbyterian Church : Compaq : Contra Costa Health Services Department : Cotati-Rohnert Park School District : Cushman & Wakefield : Cypress Semiconductor : Darcy, Masius, Benten, & Bowles, Inc. : Del Rio Country Club : Dennis Kobza Associates : DES Architects : Devcon Construction, Inc. : Different Fur Recording : Digidesign : DEC : Discovery Bay : Disney : Dominican College of Marin : DPR Construction : EDITEL / SF : Ekona Architects : El Camino Hospital : El Dorado Saloon Nightclub : Ephesian Church : Episcopal Homes : EPRI : ESC Entertainment : Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund : Evolutia : [email protected] : Exodus Communications : Fair Isaac and Company, Inc. : Fast Forward Productions : Fee Munson Ebert Architects : Fife's Nightclub : First Baptist Church of Modesto : First Baptist Homes : First Nationwide Bank : Flessing & Flessing : Focused Productions : Foothill College : : Franklin Templeton : Garcia + Francica Architecture : Gary Lee and Partners : General Magic : Gensler & Associates : Genuity : Gerson Bakar and Associates Gift Center : Globo Brazil : Glory Records : Grand Lake Gardens : Green's Restaurant : Greg Choy Architects : GTE : Hank Smith Music : Harmony Stereo : Hathaway Dinwiddie : Healtheon : Henry Kaiser : Hensel Phelps Hewlett Packard : Home Church : Hoover Institute : Horodko Sound Studios : Hospice of Marin Foundation : Hornberger + Worstell Architects : I-Beam Nightclub : IBM : IDEO : IDT : Industrial Light & Magic : Intel Corporation : Interior Architects, Inc. : Interval Research Corp Intuit, Inc. : James Lick Middle School : Jewish Home for the Aged : Jonathan Cain : JP Morgan : K101 Radio : KALX Radio : KCMG Radio : KICU TV : KITS Radio KKSF Radio : KMEL Radio : KPIX TV : KTEH Public Television : KTSF TV : Kwan/Henmi Architects : KYLD Radio : KZST Radio : L&S Hallmark Construction : La Cañada Design Group : Lam Research Inc. : LaSalle Partners, Inc. Lewiston State College Arena : Lexington Group L.L.C. : Live Oak Studio : Long Meadow Development : Longs Drug Stores : Look Model Agency : Los Angeles Unified School District : Lucasfilm Ltd. : LVL Advertising Mack Architects : Magic Shoppe Studios : Major Ponds Bar : Mancini Duffy Architects : Marcy Li Wong Architects : Mark V Productions : Marriott Corporation : Marty Zwick & Assoc. : McGraw-Hill Interactive : McKesson HBOC : Merle Haggard : Metromedia Fiber Network : Michael Zucker Associates : Michelle Alioto : Microsoft : Mill Valley School District : Minoru Yamasaki Architects : Mirage Hotel - Las Vegas : Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute : Moon Recording : Morgan Hill Country School : Morgan Stanley : Motorola : Mystic Seaport : Namco Hometek : NASA National Semiconductor : NBBJ Architects : NetConstruct Corporation NetObjects, Inc. : Network : Appliance: Network Equipment Technologies (NET) : New Life Broadcasting : Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto Architects : Nilmeyer/Nilmeyer AIA : NorthPoint Communications : Novell Novocom Onset Venture : Open TV : Oral-B : Oregon Catholic Press : Otari Corporation : OTR Studios : Pacific Bell : Pacific Gas & Electric : Pacific Stock Exchange : PAIX : PDI DreamWorks : PeopleSoft : Peter Buffet : PFAU Architecture Philips : Philo TV : Piedmont Gardens : Pilot Networks : Pizza Time Theatre : Quezada Architecture : Quokka Sports : R+E Architecture : RadioMail : Rancho Cotate High School : Randall Junior Museum : Rearden Studios Reel Grobman : RFI Enterprises : RMW Architecture : Robert Berke Sound : Robert Louis Stevenson School : RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc. : Rudolph & Sletten : Russian Hill Recording : Ryan Associates : SF American Institute of Architects : S.F. Christian Center : Saint Francis Memorial Hospital : San Francisco Art Institute : San Francisco Chinese Alliance Church : San Francisco Film Studios : San Francisco Foundation San Francisco Production Group : San Francisco Unified School District : Santa Clara University : Santa Rosa Junior College : SAP : SBC Laboratories, Inc. : Scitor Corporation : Second Church of Christ Scientist : Seimens SelectQuote SFP Shaklee Corporation : Showplace Square Group : Silicon Graphics : Simco Group : Sing Tao Daily Skidmore, Owings & Merrill : SKS Investments : SMDG Architects : SMWM Architects : Snazelle Films SNP : Sodehxo Solectron Corp. : Song Writers Studio : Sonoma Christian Church : Sonoma County Fairgrounds : Sonoma State University : Sony Corporation of America : Sound Storage Records : Southside Church of Christ : Spieker Partners : St. Beulah Church : Stanford University : State Compensation Insurance Fund : Stein Architects : Steve Dobbins Productions : Steve Perlman : Studio156 : Studio Z : Sun Microsystems : Sunrise Properties Superior Assembly : Suzie Buffett Symmetry Aerobic Studios : Taco Bell Corporation : Tandem Computers, Inc. : Tehiyah Day School : Telluride Studios : The Gap : The Golf Channel : The Pacific Penninsula Group The Sound Service : The Stereo Store : The Waterford Group : Theatre On The Square : Thurgood Marshall High School : Time Warner Interactive : TLA Productions : TLCD Architecture : Tokyo TV Trammel Crow Unique Homes : University of California, Berkeley : University of California,San Francisco : University of San Francisco : University of the Pacific : Valley Architects : Valley Credit Union : Varitel : VBN Architects Visioneering Design Company : Warren Simmons : Washington West Hospital : WebTV : Wells Fargo Bank : West Four, Inc.: Wiens/Carlstrom Architects : Winterland : Xilinx : Yoshie's Nite Club : Zwick Architecture...


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