Arena & Performance Hall Services

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We've all been to events during which it was difficult to comprehend what was being said by the announcer or performer. Oftentimes the volume is loud enough, but intelligibility is poor. This could be caused by improper room acoustics, an improper sound reinforcement system, or a combination of both.

R & D Industries (RDI) can find the root of problems in existing venues, as well as assist architects in foreseeing problems during the design phase of a new project and recommend steps to correct these problems. Sometimes issues can be corrected acoustically through room treatments and modifications, and other times changes in the sound reinforcement system can accomplish better intelligibility and overall sound. Our designers take pride in providing clients with the performance they expect, the versatility needed, and the price they can afford.

Oftentimes with schools and other public venues, their facilities are multi-functional for events such as sports, concerts, community receptions, and fundraisers. We work closely with board members, committees, and administration to allow this versatility, as well as provide the performance needed and meet the budget goals.

We're proud to be locally owned and operated and want to thank all of our satisfied Iowa and Minnesota clients. We continue to enjoy the opportunity to create beautiful sound spaces throughout the state.

Our clients tell us we're known for great:

Arena Sound & Video Systems

Sports Stadium Sound & Video Systems

Auditorium Sound & Video Systems

Performance Hall Sound & Video Systems

End-to-End Project Management

Support Plans and Post-Sale Service

Acoustical Treatments

Customer Service

Live Theater Sound & Video Systems

Digital Signage Systems

Authorized Dealers for Market Leading Manufacturers

Industry-Leading Same-Day Remote Support

At RDI, Our Customers Can Expect Full-Circle Service

Making Your Vision A Reality: Our Process

You are paramount to our success. We believe in adding value and being a trusted partner in all aspects of your business by providing services that assess, develop and support your audio visual needs. Designing a new project or system is about giving form to your dreams and your ideas. The importance of a great system is vital and when done properly, is timeless. Start to finish, it is our goal to ensure that you are involved every step of the way. Our team is excited to invite you into our process and strives to meet all your project specifications with open consultation, smart design, timely installation, and polished projects.

  1. Contact Us – no project is too big or too small; our team loves what they do and we are certain you will too!
  2. Consultation – ideal for meeting one on one, our engineers use this opportunity to:
    1. Educate and discuss how the correct AV system will enhance your space
    2. Uncover and walk through all AV possibilities unique to your facility’s architecture
    3. Discuss and outline a realistic budget and project timeline
  3. Programming – our engineers complete a needs analysis to directly address project goals, concerns, and possible challenges.
  4. Design/Design Drawing – we transform your vision with computer-aided modeling and create an executive summary, custom project blueprints, and select best-in-class equipment.
  5. Construction – our engineers are prepared, trained and arrive with the proper equipment; zero hassles. Our team is on-site start to finish; no more working with contracted teams that change every day.
  6. After Care – so you have the new system, now what? Our engineers are committed to seeing your success through. We work with you to train you to use the new equipment. We also offer continued system maintenance at your request, and data backup your system presets.

In-Depth: Our Process With Your Venue


When designing a venue the acoustics of the space should always be considered. In other words, how are the room's geometry, wall and ceiling materials, playing surface, and sound reinforcement system going to affect the quality of sound within the complex?

Whether planning for the design and construction of a new complex or struggling to achieve better sound quality in an existing venue, our experts work to ensure that correct acoustical characteristics are achieved.

Utilizing state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques, our staff can identify potential acoustical problems in a facility before it is even built, preventing costly post-construction fixes by "doing it right the first time." In the case of existing spaces, we can design solutions for "problem spaces" and offer cost-effective approaches that will help to correct these problems.

In outdoor stadiums and complexes, noise pollution can be minimized and accurately predicted during the design phase of a project in order to minimize the impact of sound propagating into surrounding neighborhoods.

A/V Systems

Sound performance is directly correlated to the interaction of a sound reinforcement system with a room's acoustic characteristics. Since no two facilities are designed and constructed in the same way or utilized in the same way, it is paramount that the process of developing an audio system for a facility remains unique to each project.

Our staff understands this when designing a sound reinforcement system that's right for a particular project. Before the design process even begins, we perform an acoustical analysis to gain a thorough understanding of space's acoustical footprint.

RDI further utilizes computer-aided modeling techniques to examine various system components before actually installing them in a facility. This technology gives us the ability to determine such items as speech intelligibility, direct to proper reverberation ratios, sound pressure levels, coverage patterns, proper aiming, and much more.

Depending on the intended functionality of a venue, we can further include visual components within the system design such as digital projectors and theatrical or architectural lighting, and provide integrated control of systems throughout a facility. Whatever your goals for an audio/visual system, our staff can design a system that adapts to your needs.

Successful Projects Include:

Mason City School District, Mason City, IA 

Stephens College, Columbia, IA 

Fort Dodge School District, Fort Dodge, IA 

Iowa State University, Ames, IA 

Worthington School District, Worthington, MN 

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 


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Our experts are here to make your planning easier, your project run smoothly, and your results unbeatable. Give us a call at (800) 659-3529, or request a quote to get started today!