Featured Project

Belmont University

Our Process

Programming + Needs Assessment

No matter how large or small, every project begins with the same first step: we listen to you to understand your goals, and together we gather information about the project scope, technical requirements, budget, and schedule. A good architectural program is a roadmap for a project’s success.

Space Planning and Architectural / Interior Design

In a technical facility, function and aesthetics must be perfectly matched, and having the right adjacencies, sightlines, and workflow are all essential. We develop drawings and specifications that are tailored to the way you want your spaces to look, feel, and perform, coupled with the kind of project management that’s needed to see it through.

Sound Isolation

Making spaces quiet enough and free from extraneous disturbances means having the right kind of walls, ceilings, and floors to keep sound out (or, sometimes, to keep it in). We provide sound isolation details that maximize performance with an emphasis on making sure they can be built reliably and consistently.

Technical Infrastructure Design

For technical spaces to function properly, the equipment and control surfaces need a happy home, too, and that means having good cable management pathways, technical power and grounding systems, and adequate cooling. Operators should have comfortable seating and effective task lighting. We make it all work seamlessly.

Performance Verification + Acoustics Testing

Results can be quantified. We perform tests to measure the integrity of the acoustical construction, commission monitoring systems, and tune and adjust the environment to make sure you’re getting maximum performance.

Site Analysis

Having the right site or existing building can be key to the success of a technical facility. We evaluate, predict, and test the impact of environmental noise, and review whether proposed sites or buildings are a good fit for your project.

Architectural Room Acoustics

For some rooms, optimum room acoustics are all about the ability to capture the best recording or accurately monitor an audio mix. In other cases, it means having a space where you can comfortably carry on a conversation or be understood by all the participants in an audio or video teleconference. We determine the volume, geometry, and finishes that create the right acoustical environment.

Noise + Vibration Control

Acoustically sensitive spaces need to have Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and other mechanical equipment that don’t create excessive noise and vibration. We make sure your rooms are comfortable and quiet.

Media + Presentation Systems

A great audio and video experience starts with having sightlines, immersive audio, an appropriate visual image size, and seating layouts that all work together. We coordinate our work with the architect and systems integrator to ensure spaces are memorable, both visually and acoustically.

Community Interface

Involvement with professional journals, trade publications, industry organizations, and schools at every level is important in helping the public understand the value of good architectural and acoustical design. We provide technical writing, seminars, and workshops to let others know what we believe in.




Featured Project

Kirk Franklin Studio

From The Blog

Season Opener

It’s usually pretty easy to tell when the NFL season is about to begin. Especially here in Dallas, talk around the water cooler reveals just how much die-hard football fans anticipate those first games. For me, though, no opening day is quite like the one in 2006....


So what is it about recording studios and railroad tracks…?    

Finding Space Where There Was None: The Central Church of God Story

This is a story of conversion. Well, not religious conversion, but the conversion of a space within a church. That is a sort of religious conversion, right? How do you find space for a media production facility in an existing church with little room to grow? That was...

Giving Voice to Hope for the Heart

This job has a lot of perks, like developing relationships that span decades. Or rubbing shoulders with committed and influential people. Or being involved with organizations that are trying to do good in the world. Or, in the case of Hope for the Heart, all three....

“Testing, Testing…”

It was a simple enough request: The pastor said, “Please come help us set up our new equalizer. We just bought this piece of equipment and we want to make sure our church sounds right.” Turns out, it wasn’t that simple. This is a lesson in asking the right questions...

Absorption vs Transmission Loss
Or, I Don’t Think That Thing Does What You Think It Does

Rarely a week goes by that we don’t get a call from someone hoping that we can recommend some fuzzy material they can put on their walls to keep their neighbors happy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

When the Smallest Room in the House Sounds Off

There are times when the biggest challenges in a project are right in front of you. This is a story of why you visit a site before completing a scope of work to observe the existing conditions. The project was in a significant-sized residence (25,000 square feet, $35...

The Rumble and the Rat

Noise disturbances often require a bit of a detective work, but every once and a while something crops up that makes you go, “Hmmm…” Let’s call this “The Case of the Rumble and the Rat.” We did some work with a small recording studio built in yet another repurposed...

What Clients Are Saying…

“When a new project surfaces – whether it’s a single room, an entire building or anything in between – RBDG is our first call.”

– Jeffrey A. Howard
Senior Executive Engineering and Broadcast Technologies

NFL Films

“I clearly take pride in where I work, and gladly share with anyone who will listen that the design is by the Russ Berger Design Group, probably the premier studio designers in the country… if not the world.”

– David Bunte,
Program Director

Purdue University

“RBDG’s work with us over the past twenty years has been invaluable in helping us become a public radio leader.”

– David C. Wright,
Associate Director

“We had our first sales meeting this morning in the new Sweetwater Performance Theatre. It was an amazing experience! The look, the feel, and of course, the sound of the room absolutely floored the typically jaded Sweetwater Sales Engineer.”

– Chuck Surack,

“The Russ Berger Design Group really impressed us with their sincere interest in finding out what makes us tick before we even put pencil to paper. They have an incredibly comprehensive approach to creating a facility and working environment that fits us like a glove.”

– Peter Barnes,

“[RBDG] has been our biggest ally in the design process, making sure that all involved doesn’t neglect any system in the large number of systems that are required in this kind of facility. Whether it is power, UPS, sound isolation, HVAC, acoustical treatment, task lighting, and many, many more, RBDG has expertise in them all.”

– Dan Grimes,
Manager of Instructional Production and Engineering

“Russ and his staff did outstanding work in planning the new KUHF facilities in the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting at the University of Houston. They work closely and continuously with you, and they are willing to do everything humanly possible to help your project stay within whatever budget parameters are set.”

– John Proffitt,
General Manager

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