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

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

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

Occupancy Measurement Enables Digital Workplace Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought strong demand for occupancy measurement systems — an emerging technology that, prior to the pandemic, seemed limited by privacy concerns. Privacy is a legitimate concern and one that calls for careful governance. Furthermore, as the concern may relate more to the perception of these systems, it calls for transparent communication and … Read more

Building Within an Existing Hospital: Integrating Technology Systems

This article is co-authored by Mark Latz. When a healthcare provider adds a new building to an existing hospital, integrating the new building’s technology systems with the existing buildings’ systems presents a complex set of challenges, decisions, and sequences. The systems that must be integrated can include nurse call, security, distributed antenna (DAS), Wi-Fi, data network, … Read more

Technology Consultant Versus MEPT: Which is the Better Value?

Many sizable MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) firms offer technology consulting as part of an “MEPT” (MEP+Technology) practice. Within a combined scope of services from an MEPT firm, the cost for technology consulting appears lower than from a technology consultant like TEECOM. MEPTs will often claim a client is getting the same service at a lower price … Read more