BBI’s staff of 25 employees includes four engineers (2 Ph.D.’s) with over 40 years of research and industrial experience.
- Design audio visual systems
- Complete installation of audio visual systems
- Program audio visual control systems
- Program custom interactive exhibits
- Design theatrical style lighting for exhibits
- Provide facility impact information to project electrical and structural engineers including power loads, signal conduit requirements and mounting point information,
- Design and fabricate electro-mechanical interactives
- Design and manufacture custom electronics
BBI’s founding principals, Phil Bailey and Mark Roos, met in grammar school in San Francisco and have been friends ever since. They were the kids who knew how to thread the film projector and make the microphones work.
In college (Berkeley and Yale) both were heavily involved in theater as lighting designers and stage electricians. They completed degrees in electrical engineering and physics, respectively, both of which have come in handy in BBI’s exciting business.
After college in the 1980’s, Phil designed theatrical dimmers, developing one of the first fully digitally controlled dimmers along with a communications protocol that was part of the technical foundation of the DMX protocol, still used today. Mark finished off a PhD in acoustics and signal processing and joined a research team at Berkeley developing the now common but then brand new medical MRI technology.
In 1984 they started BBI and within a few years its success demanded their full time attention. BBI is now a firm with 4 principals, adding Sarah Roos and Sam Wong in the early 1990’s, and over 20 full time employees and additional regional crews hired based on project needs.