A Successful Project Starts With A Constructible Budget

National and global companies that expand their real estate footprint frequently and follow well-established standards are familiar with the true costs of implementing technology systems. They are willing to spend this money without a second thought. Companies building projects less frequently or for the first time often will not develop a detailed technology budget, presuming that … Read more

When Are Consultants More Beneficial Than Full-Time Staff?

While some Owners choose to engage consultants, others prefer to rely on in-house teams to perform much of the technology design and project management for their building programs. Owners may have had negative experiences with consultants in the past and may believe they can ensure quality by hiring their own staff. They may not want to … Read more

9 Principles of the Digital Workplace Strategy

As we work with companies to identify and address the technology needs associated with their shifts to hybrid working, we have formulated nine principles that should guide a digital workplace strategy. We share them as food for thought for anyone pondering how the digital workplace should work. 1. Empathize With Employees When designing a hybrid workplace, … Read more

Your Lab is Also a Workplace: How Are the Acoustics?

In the last several years, evidence-based design, wellness objectives, and a focus on the occupant experience have enabled a pronounced shift in workplace acoustics to increase productivity and satisfaction. Laboratory building owners tend to accept areas with elevated levels of noise and vibration as beyond designer control within reasonable construction budgets. However, laboratories are workplaces too! … Read more

Streamline Hyperscale Data Center Construction by 3D Modeling Pre-terminated Cables

Nearly 100 percent of the fiber-optic cable we see in a data center consists of pre-terminated trunk assemblies. The data center, especially a hyperscale data center, is an ideal environment for this type of cable. We see cable trunk quantities in the 1,000s and fiber strands in the 100,000s. That is a lot of connectors to … Read more

How Data Center Security is Evolving Beyond Cameras and Card Readers

Justin King also contributed to this article. Over the past five years, Owners of hyperscale data centers have raised their security standards as they become more aware of the potential risks. Shockingly, multi-million-dollar facilities have been demolished two weeks after completion due to devices being found inside the walls. Security breaches can result in exposure of … Read more

How to Prevent Data Center DAS From Causing Costly Changes

Data center owners know the importance of in-building wireless systems. Emergency responder radio coverage systems (ERRCS) support two-way radios for security staff outside and inside the building. Cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS) enable technicians to use their cell phones in a data hall, a penthouse, or the mechanical spaces where they need to diagnose equipment. Often, … Read more

Technology Design Guidelines & Standards: A Playbook for Scaling

This article received contributions from Dave Main, Arnel Avila, Maria F. Gonzalez, and Jeff Smith. All organizations with expanding real estate footprints, whether corporations, academic institutions, or transportation facilities, face the challenge of delivering consistent technology implementations across diverse geographic areas, with different and constrained resource pools, and ever more compressed schedules. Development of technology design … Read more