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
Peter Holst co-authored this article. Zoom fatigue is real. Those of us who spend large portions of our day meeting with clients and colleagues via video conferences often feel drained after long meetings, as if our mental energy has been rapidly sapped away. A day of in-person meetings can be tiring too, but people seem to … Read more
Building commissioning (Cx) is a relatively new but now frequently used quality assurance method. Owners typically contract a certified commissioning authority (CxA) to perform independent oversight of engineered systems, ideally through conception, design, procurement, functional testing, acceptance, warranty, and one year of operation. Independent from the design engineer, a CxA flags issues or opportunities for improvement … Read more
People are working remotely more often and conducting video conference calls from untraditional locations. Here are some tips from TEECOM’s Network, Audiovisual, and Acoustics teams on how to have the best experience for you and your team on video conference calls.
No matter how much money you invest in conference room technology, you’ll inevitably be disappointed in the experience if your conference room acoustics are bad. Conference room acoustics are frequently a challenge because these environments tend to be full of hard surfaces: gypsum board walls, glass, tables, screens. All of these elements create what is referred to … Read more
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
Your video conference is all set up. You logged in without a hitch. The display screen on the wall shows your (brilliant) content in crisp high-definition. This will be a great meeting, you think. Then your boss logs on remotely, and says, “Hi.” Only it sounds like this: “Hihihihihihihih…i…i…” D’oh! Bad acoustics strikes again. Optimizing Audiovisual … Read more
What does TEECOM do? Sure, we can give you a rundown of our services, and roll out our new tagline (we’re “the tech in architecture”), but the world of technology and engineering is confusing, full of jargon, and involves a multitude of service providers. So when TEECOM Associate Jason Cummings (JC) was asked this very question by a … Read more
The Opinion of Probable Construction Cost (OPCC) document is utilized to identify the technology budget needed to support the shared technology vision of a given project, articulated by the owner and design team.
Last week, our engineers Matt Flanders (MF) and Jason Cummings (JC) had the opportunity to have a conversation with Daniel Newman (DN), Chief Compliance Officer at Stockbridge Real Estate Funds. They discussed some of the most common questions we receive from potential clients and peers in the industry.