Smart Buildings & Data Responsibility: What to Know Now

2018 was a big year for changes in the way that people interact with technology. On the one hand, adoption of smart devices has never been greater, with more than 19 million smart speakers (Amazon Echo and the like) shipped in just the third quarter of 2018. On the other hand, the European Union’s GDPR (General … Read more

Door Hardware: Solving the Architect’s Biggest Headache

When it comes to building design, doors are among the most problematic coordination items. I think most architects would agree with that statement. But to the uninitiated, it can sound ridiculous. They’re just doors, right? In fact, in modern buildings, a door can be a technology platform, and a sort of architectural project in miniature, involving … Read more

Should Technology Infrastructure Be Part of Your Base Building Design?

When commercial building developers assemble a core and shell design team, it typically includes the consultants they feel are necessary to complete the base building design. What makes up the base building scope? Usually, it’s defined as the site infrastructure (roads, paths, pavement, drainage, landscape), building foundation and structure, building envelope, finished circulation and common areas … 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.

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