Design + Build

  • Concept and design development
  • Millwork and fabrication
  • Prototyping and testing
  • Product design


  • Acoustical consultations
  • Reverberation testing
  • Lab testing of transmission loss and absorption
  • Treatment solutions for your space


  • Ventilating transom panels
  • Ventilating doors
  • Ventilation assessments
  • Airflow testing

Featured Projects



At its inception, CIRS was the most sustainable building in North America. We built and installed ventilating transom panels to provide sound separation for the building's meeting rooms and offices. They provide effective air pathways for the building's natural ventilation system, which is driven by wind and thermal buoyancy.

  • Ventilation assessment
  • Custom millwork
  • Design, fabrication and installation of venting transom panels

Sarah mclachlan school of music, Vancouver

The Sarah McLachlan School of Music offers daily music instruction at no cost, to under-served and at risk populations living in Vancouver, Surrey and Edmonton. Students of all ages receive instruction in contemporary, classical and world music traditions. We helped tune their spaces to provide a better playing environment.

  • Space tuning and acoustics
  • Reverberation assessment
  • Custom millwork
  • Design, fabrication and installation of acoustic panels

Moscrop Secondary, Burnaby (school district 41)

Moscrop Secondary School is a publicly operated secondary school in BurnabyBritish Columbia serving grades grades eight through twelve, with an enrollment of about 1,500 students. VanAir Design assessed reverberation times and manufactured acoustic panels to improve the band rehearsal room.

  • Reverberation assessment
  • Design and fabrication of rolling acoustic panels
  • Space tuning and acoustics

Blue Light Studio, Vancouver

Blue Light Studio is a full service sound recording studio in East Vancouver. Their facilities include two control rooms, two isolation booths, three production suites with dedicated iso booths, a large live room, lounge, and outdoor patio. VanAir followed the project from start to finish providing acoustical design specifications and custom product fabrication.

  • Diffusion and absorption design
  • Vibration and noise isolation for electrical transformer
  • Wall assembly specification
  • Floating floor assembly specification
  • Specifications for doors, hardware, seals, and windows
  • Fabrication of 14 custom interior window frames
  • Ventilation design and layout consultation



Burnaby School District #41, Burnaby

Greater Victoria School District #61, Greater Victoria

Coquitlam School District #43, Coquitlam

UBC (departments of Psychology, Sustainability, Engineering, Business, Arts), Vancouver

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC, Vancouver

Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Vancouver

BLT Construction Services, Vancouver

Studio Corelam, Vancouver

Blue Light Studio, Vancouver

AYO Smart Home, Vancouver


About us


James Higgins

Acoustical Consultant

BASc Mechanical Engineering

Published author in Canadian Acoustics
(journal of the CAA)

Studied, worked, and collaborated with Dr. Murray Hodgson and the Acoustics and Noise Research Group at UBC for 6 years.