Category Archives: Practice Groups

Preserving History While Creating A Future On Higher Ed Campuses

Effectively Integrating Technology Within Distinct College Cultures

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When it comes to technology infrastructure and the Communications, Life Safety and Automation (CLA) systems it connects, few settings match the complexity and challenges of today’s wired college campus. With dozens of buildings of all ages and with different functions spread across miles of geography, the cohesive connection of the discrete systems within a facility and to each other is a daunting task at best.

That’s exactly what I like about my role at Archi-Technology as a Project Manager where I’ve worked with literally hundreds of colleagues to help develop technology infrastructure that’s smart, scalable and performs to spec from day one. I’m fortunate to have spent most of my professional career on higher ed campuses and have learned about organizational structures  that can be as complex as any of the systems that we design.  Yet for all is complexity, I have found the higher ed market to be a place where “everybody knows your name.” Relationships are long term and you have time to really get to know the client’s needs.

Another favorite part of my job is exploring turn-of-the-century buildings—or even older—and finding places that have gone unseen for decades; kind of like Indiana Jones but I’m searching for hidden cable pathways instead of ancient relics. In the age of wireless, people forget just how many miles of fiber and cable needs to be behind the scenes to support WiFi access. Given the historic nature of many college buildings, higher ed campuses regularly offer this type of opportunity.

As Archi-Technology’s new Higher Education Practice Group manager, I’ll be blogging on different aspects of technology’s impact on colleges and universities, paying special attention to the network-hardened infrastructure that needs to be in place to keep all those  1s and 0s moving in the right direction.

JoeBlaszI welcome your feedback, opinions and insights, and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

— Joe Blasz, Higher Education Practice Group Leader, Project Manager and RCDD

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

New K-12 Technology Building Conditions Surveys

Get An Objective Look At Your Districts’ Technology Infrastructure for Smart Schools Planning

TBCS-intro-300x200To help New York State school districts objectively assess their current technology infrastructure and related systems, Archi-Technology LLC, a Rochester-based independent technology consulting firm, introduced its Technology Building Condition Survey (TBCS) service for the K-12 education market.

Officially announced at last month’s New York State School Facilities Organization’s (SBGA) Annual Conference, the service precedes the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 that will appear on the November 4 ballot. If passed, the State will borrow $2 billion to invest in K-12 school districts for major technology systems upgrades — including student wireless devices.

Learn more…

Practice Makes Perfect

New Archi-Technology Practice Groups Focus On Industry-Specific Needs

In our almost 20 years experience planning and developing technology infrastructure and related CLA systems for a diverse client base, it’s become clear that the needs of the education and healthcare markets require specialized knowledge.

ATb-PracticeGroupsFrom increasing student graduation and employer-recruitment rates to improving patient outcomes as mandated by new federal legislation, technology is playing an increasingly important role in transforming these industries that touch everyone.

To that end, Archi-Technology recently appointed three Practice Group managers within the company to be the lead advocate for the following vertical markets:

  • K-12 Education: Luke Poandl, Project Manager, Rochester, NY
  • Higher Education: Joe Blasz, RCDD, Project Manager, Ithaca, NY
  • Healthcare: Mark Howland, RCDD, Project Manager, Rochester, NY

Each manager will be posting an introductory blog post about current issues facing their respective industries as well as the opportunities and challenges technology brings.

As always, we welcome your feedback, opinions and experiences about how we can all harness the potential of technology while minimizing obstacles and learning curves.

— Tom Rauscher, FCSI, President, Archi-Technology

Are You Ready for the NYS Smart Schools Bond Act on the Nov. 4 ballot?

ATb-SmartSchools1On Nov. 4, 2014, New York State voters will decide on a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act that will have a profound impact on the technology infrastructures of every school district in the state. Learn how an objective, experienced technology consultant can help your district maximize available technology funding. Learn more…

Note that propositions appear on the back of all paper ballots so voters will need to turn their ballots over to vote on the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.

Sharing Knowledge. Creating Conversations.

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Although this is our first blog, Archi-Technology has been providing technology consulting and design services to educational and healthcare clients since 1996. During that time, we have gained a deep understanding of the ways in which a facility’s technology infrastructure should be planned, designed, installed and documented to save time, money and space.

This blog is intended to share knowledge, insight and advice among clients, technologists and end users to gain new perspectives about the effective development of technology systems in educational, healthcare and other types of facilities.

With your help, we look to create a meaningful dialogue that has a positive, practical impact on how you and your organization view technology infrastructure and the systems and capabilities it enables.

On behalf of Archi-Technology, we look forward to hearing from you.

—Tom Rauscher, President, Archi-Technology LLC