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.
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
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
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
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
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
A mass notification system is a technology that sends one-way emergency alerts and notifications to the public. As we spend more time in unfamiliar built environments, Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC), also known as mass notification systems (MNS), or emergency communications systems (ECS), are more important than ever to help in the event of an emergency. How … Read more
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?
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
Engineering Titles We hear all kinds of terms used to describe people who design building technology systems, including engineer, designer, technologist, and integrator. What’s the difference? There are two aspects to designing low-voltage systems for buildings: the theoretical and the applied. In general, integrators and technologists are oriented toward application, whereas engineers and designers are geared toward the … Read more