20 Years Ago, One Man’s Vision for Integrated Technology and Extraordinary Service Inspired TEECOM

Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area, TEECOM, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area, TEECOM, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Oakland, California, USA — The year was 1997, two years after the last restriction had been removed on commercial use of the internet. One young telecommunications engineer had a vision for how low-voltage building systems would one day operate on a single network, delivering unprecedented environmental efficiency and enabling rapid advancement.

Not everyone agreed with his premonition, so David Marks, that young telecommunications engineer, founded TEECOM, hiring his father as his first employee. Twenty years later, 90 engineers and staff at TEECOM share David’s vision of an engineering firm that surpasses expectations, not only in terms of the quality of design but in the quality of client experience.

Integration Leads to Innovation
Today, TEECOM has four offices on two continents, and has delivered more than 2,000 projects. The firm has earned a reputation for working closely with owners and design teams to integrate technology into the built environment in a forward-thinking complementary way. By anticipating how the building’s technology systems can share a network, TEECOM saves clients money.

In one of the firm’s most high-profile projects, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, TEECOM’s integrated technology approach saved the client more than $4 million in up-front capital costs. In another, the 460,000-square-foot renovation/expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, TEECOM designed a telecommunications and Wi-Fi system robust enough to enable an ambitious digital program that includes interactive interpretive kiosks and a phone-in-pocket location-enabled audio tour app. Without TEECOM’s strategic foresight, SFMOMA would have spent thousands more on infrastructure to make these programs possible.

TEECOM | the tech in architecture™
To celebrate the success of David Marks’ original vision and to emphasize the firm’s belief in an integrated approach to technology design, TEECOM announces a new tagline: The tech in architecture.™ “The tech in architecture” speaks to the fact that technology systems increasingly define buildings as powerfully as architectural elements. According to a study by Adobe, access to cutting-edge technology is the top contributor to overall job satisfaction — more prized than access to food and beverages, a beautiful office design, and on-site amenities.¹ Smart technology design requires engineers and architects to work hand-in-hand from the project’s outset, pairing architectural and technological elements for a seamless experience.

Throughout TEECOM’s 20 years of existence, the firm has promoted collaborative partnerships with owners and design firms to produce just these kinds of seamless experiences. This approach has been built on a belief in the power of strong relationships. TEECOM represents David Marks’ conviction that he could build a business that “treated people well and bucked the norm of how people did things,” he says. “It’s really about providing a place for people where they feel valued and feel like their work is meaningful, where they’re given an opportunity to learn, and that they’re appreciated and rewarded.”

TEECOM anticipates that the next 20 years will bring major innovations in the delivery model, leveraging machine learning and big data. “When you start out in any industry, your tendency is to follow the traditional ways of doing things, using the tools that have always been used,” David says. “But with size comes the opportunity to reinvest in a meaningful way in the firm. So the next 20 years won’t be focused so much on ‘how do we grow’ as on ‘how do we completely innovate the delivery model?’ ‘How do we create our unfair advantage in the market, doing things better, faster, cheaper?’”

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