A Tech Infrastructure Tour of San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower

As we all know, there’s an engineering talent shortage right now. In reaction to this, TEECOM has been raising awareness about low-voltage engineering as a career path through outreach to college students and our summer internship program, TEECOMuniversity. Recently, one of our former interns from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, introduced us to the Cal … Read more

3 Lessons from the World’s Best Innovation Labs

Workshop. Research lab. Fab lab. Impact lab. Incubator. Maker space. Innovation hub. Whatever your organization calls it, dedicated in-house R&D spaces are increasingly popular as a way to introduce new thinking to every industry. As TEECOM developed our research space, we looked to several successful labs for inspiration. Here are the lessons we learned: 1. Optimize … Read more

20 Years of Innovation: A Timeline

At the end of our twentieth year, we’re taking a look back at the milestones that made us who we are. Join us on a TEECOM timeline tour from Moscone Convention Center West to New Parkland Hospital, from one employee to 88 engineers, designers, project managers, BIM specialists, software and hardware developers, and more.

How to Design a Planetarium

Planetariums are truly amazing immersive environments. As dome theaters, they stimulate human perception in a way that no other architecture can. We hear a lot about the immersive experience of virtual reality, but the planetarium remains the most famously communal of virtual spaces — the immersive environment where we gather to learn and be transported to galaxies … Read more

How a Unified Communications Solution Saved One Hospital $2 Million

Stanford Health Care has always incorporated the latest technologies into their healthcare facilities and practices. For the new Stanford Adult Hospital, an IP speaker system was proposed as the next cutting-edge unified communications solution for public address systems. Stanford Health Care engaged TEECOM to review the design for constructibility and cost, and we determined that this IP-based … Read more

Path to Leadership: Larry Anderson’s 20 Years at TEECOM

As with many start-ups, TEECOM’s origin story is grounded in a community of family and friends. Larry Anderson, employee number five at TEECOM, was a high school classmate of founder David Marks. “We were both interested in technology and engineering,” Larry recalls. “I remember first noticing him in a BASIC programming class. David would help the teacher … Read more

How to Create a High-Value Internship Experience

Summer interns arrive fresh-faced and ready to work, but at design firms they often end up doing the most basic of production tasks. That’s because many architecture, engineering, and construction companies just don’t have the bandwidth to run a full-fledged internship program. Run well, however, internship programs can help solve one of the industry’s biggest dilemmas: the skills … Read more

How to Deploy Mass Notification and Emergency Communications in Your Facility (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we defined Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) systems, and discussed their increasingly “smart” capabilities. This week, we talk about how to deploy these systems in your facility. The first step to deploying an MNEC solution is creating a Risk Assessment Report. This report sets the parameters for the system requirements. The report should … Read more

Understanding Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

How many hours per day do you spend in a building that isn’t your home, whether it’s work, school, at a service provider, retail, or a public environment in between? Sadly, the world that we live in is not as safe as it once was. What are the emergency procedures for evacuating, say, your doctor’s office? As … Read more

What Do We Mean by “Flexibility” in Design?

Time and again in my technology consulting career I have found myself using or responding to the term “flexible” to describe a technology, a space, or even an entire facility. It’s one of those catch-all terms, like “collaborative” or “state of the art,” that seems inherently positive. Everyone wants to be flexible. But what do we mean, exactly, by flexibility in design?