How to Thrive at Work: TEECOM Success Stories

How to Thrive at Work TEECOM has many employees who found their way to a satisfying work practice by an unconventional path. It’s part of what makes our workforce diverse and dynamic. We recently sat down with staff members who were promoted to positions at all levels of the organization, from associate to principal, to ask them … Read more

When to Engage a Technology Consultant on a Project

Designing a building, either from the ground up or as a major renovation project, is an ambitious and complex undertaking. Technology infrastructure (also known as “low-voltage”) is just one element of these complex projects, but it’s an element that’s not often on the owner’s or design team’s mind at the forefront.

That needs to change. Network performance affects every aspect of business today, and telecommunications cabling and network systems must increasingly be considered part of the base building design scope to ensure the system works on day one and can grow and evolve over the life of the building.

In this piece, we talk with TEECOM Principal, Executive Vice President Larry Anderson about when to engage a technology consultant, including the pitfalls of waiting too long and how bringing on a consultant at the right phase can actually save the project money.

What Makes TEECOM a Top Engineering Firm to Work for?

TEECOM has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies, Largest Engineering Firms, and Top Corporate Philanthropists by the San Francisco Business Times, and has been voted one of the Best Places to Work. What makes TEECOM a top engineering firm to work for? We sat down with a few of our designers to talk about some … Read more

Summer Internship Dos and Don’ts

  This is my last week as an intern on TEECOM’s Research and Development team. Although I only spent two months here, my time was quite productive. I worked on a few different projects, but spent the majority of my time designing a neural network for detecting people in images. I’m sad that time is coming to an … Read more

Four Key Executive Briefing Center Audiovisual Strategies

Executive Briefing Center Audiovisual Strategies Executive and customer briefing centers (EBCs and CBCs) can create enduring impressions on visitors. How can the media systems we design help make them wonderful places? Consider these four key executive briefing center audiovisual strategies: First and foremost, let’s tell a coherent, compelling story: All the audiovisual tricks in the world can’t make up … Read more

From AV Integrator to Consultant: a Guide to Making the Leap

Three professions form a symbiotic Venn in the professional audiovisual industry: Manufacturers, consultants, and integrators. Manufacturers make the audiovisual systems components, consultants choose and combine components to meet the client’s needs, and integrators install the systems as designed. As Josh Srago describes it, “Imagine the project design is a paint-by-numbers. The consultant’s role is to draw … Read more

To the Meet-Me Room and Back: The Most Important Room in Your Data Center

First, let’s answer your question: What is a meet-me room? And why do we call it something that sounds like a commercial office space where your boss is likely to deliver unwelcome news? The “me” suggests you’re meeting an actual person for an intense discussion about why the monthly forecast is falling behind the required revenue stream. In … Read more

6 Tips for Better Communication between Architects and Engineers

Architects and engineers are highly trained individuals who work in specialized fields. This allows them to do their work well, but it also means that to anyone not trained in their field, they sometimes seem to be speaking gibberish. No one likes gibberish. So when Eric Ibsen, Chief Design Officer, and Amie Zemlicka, Project Lead, both … Read more

Parking Structure Technology: Get It Right

From the outside, a parking structure seems like a simple design. It’s just decks, ramps, and parking spaces, right? But parking facilities are undergoing a technological disruption much like what’s happening within the walls of the “social building.” A multitude of new technologies and solutions are flooding the market, and we’re being challenged to answer the … Read more

Changing from a Career in High-Voltage to Low-Voltage Engineering: A TEECOM Case Study

When he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, the job market looked like a cherry orchard to Michael Kelly. An electrical engineering degree is a powerful piece of paper. It says that the holder possesses a technical understanding of the generation and distribution of electric power; the collection, processing and … Read more