Author Archives: Luke Poandl

Keeping Rochester Moving At The New Downtown RTS Transit Center

Greater Rochester has welcomed the recent opening of the downtown RTS Transit Center with open arms after more than two decades of discussion, planning and construction. RTS-TransitCenter-hzl I was privileged to be Archi-Technology‘s Project Manager for our scope of work on the Transit Center which included strategic planning, systems design assistance and acting as the equivalent of a “Technology” Clerk of Works for select technology-based infrastructure, systems and components. Like any project, this one was not without its challenges including the need for systems’ redundancy and resiliency: with an estimated 20,000 riders per day using your AV and communications systems to get from Points A to B, it was our job to ensure operational integrity of these systems based on strategic planning and unique project requirements. I especially enjoyed working with so many dedicated people in varied disciplines who all had the end goal in sight throughout every step of this complex project. If you haven’t had a chance to see the new Transit Center in person, you owe yourself a visit to see how tranLukePoandlsformative it is for downtown Rochester, along with a host of other significant capital projects.

— Luke Poandl, K-12 Practice Group Leader and Project Manager

Visit Us at NYSCATE Booth #103

If you’ll be attending this year’s NYSCATE (New York State Computers And Technology in Education) Conference Sunday through Tuesday, I hope you’ll visit Archi-Technology at Booth No.103.

NYSCATE-14Conf-logoWith passage of the Smart Schools Bond Act in November, schools districts around the state each have technology-funding allocations based on student and community need. Assessing a district’s technology infrastructure to determine what’s already in place is critical to developing a smart Smart Schools Investment Plan that maximizes this one-time incremental funding. Our Technology Building Condition Surveys (TCBS) do just that.

Harness Archi-Technology’s unwavering focus on technology infrastructure in educational settings to start your district off on the right path with experienced, independent consulting services.

We hope to see you at the Conference and safe travels. (For the record, here in Roc we only have a trace of snow compared to the 4+’ 60 miles to the west.)

Note: NYSCATE Exhibit Hall hours at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center are:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon., Nov. 24
  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tues., Nov. 25LukePoandl

— Luke Poandl, K-12 Practice Group Leader and Project Manager

Helping Sort Through The Hype To The Hope Of Technology in K-12 Districts

Starting A Conversation About Technology’s Impact In And Outside The Classroom

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The efficient integration of technology throughout K-12 school districts has never been more important or challenging. From “smart” classrooms that support educational objectives to daily operations such as security and communications that rely on networked systems, technology has become an integral part of every school.

As long-time specialists in technology infrastructure and related facilities-based systems, Archi-Technology is experienced in taking a holistic view to the planning, design and construction management of a district’s “core fiber” as a starting point for any infrastructure upgrade. After all, how can you efficiently plan and design an upgrade to your existing network-based systems if you aren’t 100% certain of what you already have?

Our recently announced Technology Building Condition Survey (TBCS) service for New York State K-12 school districts is based on more than 15 years of working with major higher education clients such as Cornell and Syracuse universities on intricate, multi-year programs to upgrade campus technology infrastructures.

As Archi-Technology’s Practice Group leader for the K-12 market, I am excited about the possibilities technology can bring to multiple facets of a school district but am tempered by the associated challenges that go beyond devices and systems to encompass human factors such as teacher training and student adaptation.

The vote on the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 on the Nov. 4 NYS ballot will, of course, be closely watched by state-wide districts but, whether it passes or not, the districts’ work will have only begun. We invite your contributions to this blog about technology in the K-12 setting as we raise each other’s game on this important issue.
So what’s the single biggest challenge facing your classroom, school or district when it comes to technology integration and is there advice you can share on how to face it?

We’d like to hear from you. LukePoandl

— Luke Poandl, K-12 Practice Group Leader and Project Manager