6 Tips for Better Communication between Architects and Engineers

Architects and engineers are highly trained individuals who work in specialized fields. This allows them to do their work well, but it also means that to anyone not trained in their field, they sometimes seem to be speaking gibberish. No one likes gibberish. So when Eric Ibsen, Chief Design Officer, and Amie Zemlicka, Project Lead, both … Read more

Three Ways the AV/IT Convergence Has Changed the Design Profession

In case you haven’t noticed, the internet is eating all the things. Audio and video components in both home and commercial environments are no longer standalone devices. Instead, they are often networked to one another and to the internet. The pro audiovisual industry refers to this as the AV/IT convergence, and it offers many advantages for businesses. … Read more

AV/IT Strategies for Civic Spaces on a Public Funding Schedule

If keeping up with technology churn is tough for corporations, consider the plight of most civic organizations, for whom funding cycles are unpredictable. Cities, counties, and other governmental organizations rely on technology to communicate with the public by broadcasting council meetings, holding large public meetings that require amplified sound, and providing access to visual information. As … Read more

Audiovisual Trends at InfoComm 2018: Transparency and Collaboration

InfoComm, the largest professional audiovisual event in North America, drew nearly 43,000 registrants to Las Vegas this year. Ten of those 43,000 were TEECOM employees. We brought our wish lists from clients and scanned through thousands of expo exhibits and sessions to find the most useful and interesting emerging technologies. Here are the biggest audiovisual trends … Read more

Parking Structure Technology: Get It Right

From the outside, a parking structure seems like a simple design. It’s just decks, ramps, and parking spaces, right? But parking facilities are undergoing a technological disruption much like what’s happening within the walls of the “social building.” A multitude of new technologies and solutions are flooding the market, and we’re being challenged to answer the … Read more

The Cooperative Built Environment: The Quest for a Friendlier Playground

There’s a problem with the technology within our industry. We’ve got all these smart systems and devices that surround us all the time, technology that has transformed our everyday experiences, but most of the systems in our built environment are shackled, restricted, designed to be discrete links in a chain, rather than a network of cooperative … Read more