During his four years at TEECOM as a Principal, Executive Vice President, leader of the firm’s UK office, and leader of the international TEECOMadvance team, Blair Parkin has taught us a lot about how a creative approach to technology design can support amazing cultural experiences and groundbreaking levels of environmental performance. This month he leaves TEECOM … Read more
Happy 50th Earth Day! There has never been a more urgent time to address the manmade environmental challenges that threaten human civilization and countless other species on this planet. In previous years, TEECOM has organized events in the Oakland community in which other AEC firms and community groups came together to plant trees or pick up … Read more
In 1854, the city of Oakland, California’s first mayor Horace Carpentier proclaimed, “The chief ornament and attraction of this city consists, doubtless, in the magnificent grove of evergreen oaks which covers its present site and from which it takes both its former name of ‘Encinal’ and its present one of ‘Oakland.’” Cut to post-industrial-revolution Oakland, 170 years older and hundreds of thousands … Read more
On April 21, 85 volunteers planted 23 trees in downtown Oakland. When mature, these trees will provide oxygen for 46 people a year. According to some studies, one tree produces an average of 260 pounds of oxygen each year. That’s enough to support two human beings. Trees = life. They also help create a connection to … Read more
As we continue our transition to a fully mobile workforce, we encountered a significant side benefit to deploying laptops as our standard workstation: laptops save a ton of energy. At the moment, our standard deployment includes a Lenovo W530 and two Dell U2312 displays. The difference is striking: even with the third screen the result is nearly a 60% decrease in average energy consumption with the new laptops.