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

Building Technology Trends for AEC and CRE in 2019

As 2018 comes to an end, the optimal smart building — one that integrates technology on every level to drive performance, interactivity, and productivity — remains largely on the horizon. What’s holding us back? A lack of systems interoperability, a robust enough information infrastructure, and a vision for what to do with all that data mean that … Read more

Relocating for Work: Tips from TEECOM

Moving to a new city for a job can be overwhelming. If you’re choosing from multiple locations or jobs, the list of things you’ll want to consider includes lifestyle, cost of living, school districts, transportation/commute to the office, the weather… at a minimum. Once you’ve found the right job, you’ll want to know the best way … 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

Philanthropy in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Real Estate: Why It Matters

Last weekend, more than 200 architecture, engineering, construction, and commercial real estate professionals participated in the annual Bike to Hope ride to raise funds for City of Hope’s cancer and diabetes research. Bicyclists rode between 50 and 100 miles through the rolling hills of Sonoma County, California, raising nearly $175,000.00. This is the seventh year the AEC/CRE … Read more

Powering Devices Over Ethernet: What You Need to Know

Your building’s low-voltage infrastructure is about to get more useful. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has issued a new standard amendment, IEEE 802.3bt-2018, that will make powering devices over ethernet more effective, an approach known in the industry as Power over Ethernet, or PoE. PoE has been around for over a decade, but … Read more

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.