Parke Rhoads, Principal at Vantage Technology Consulting Group, and Ned Collier, Principal and Director of Institutional Practice at ICON, presented “Planning for Technology in the 21st Century” at the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance on August 6, 2015.
The presentation covered themes and trends, procurement strategies, learning technologies in the classroom and on campus including planning, design and construction phases, with several case studies examined, including:
- Massachusetts Department of Youth Services Middleton Headquarters and Youth Service Center
- Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center
- Middlesex Community College New Academic Building
- University of Washington Academic Facilities Utilization and Upgrade Report
The presentation focused on the gaps in traditional architectural projects where IT (Data, WiFi, VoIP), AV, Security and Building Automation are often overlooked in the planning and design process. Vantage and ICON illustrated several cohesive strategies for incorporating technology systems into construction projects where thoughtful, planning and client advocacy are important.
The difference between owner-furnished commodity items and Integrated Systems such as the IT Network, Data Centers, Audiovisual and Security Systems were discussed. In addition, Vantage presented recent technology-intensive projects at Boston University and the University of Washington.