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CREATING A CULTURE WITHOUT WALLS (COVID-19 Edition) — by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA

Corporate culture makes all the difference. A strong culture — supportive, innovative, customer-focused — almost always reflects a strong brand. As most organizations struggle with the impact of COVID-19, those focused on agile, adaptive measures to keep employees connected, informed, collaborating, and confident will be stronger as an outcome. While it is likely that we will all return to […]

POWER & IT: BETTER COORDINATION = BETTER OUTCOMES — By Paul Dooley and Jim Montalbano

The Sextant Group recently became part of NV5 Engineering & Technology, resulting in many a good conversation with our new fellow engineers.

For example, what’s to be gained when electrical engineers and IT systems designers collaborate rather than working separately? Senior Electrical Engineer James Montalbano LEED AP BD+C and Principal Consultant for Information Technologies Paul Dooley RCDD, CTS recently […]

A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: Developing a Sextant Technology Plan —by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA

sextant /’sɛk stənt/ noun

an astronomical instrument used to determine latitude and longitude at sea by measuring angular distances, especially the altitudes of sun, moon, and starsa navigational instrument used to align known and unknown elements to determine a course for the future

Organizations can plan for known technologies, but how does one plan for technologies that don’t exist yet, or are […]

Beyond Code: DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEMS ARE CRITICAL TO BUILDING OPERATIONS — by David Glenn RCDD, CTS-D, LEED AP BD+C

The importance of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) to facility operations cannot be overstated. Even among some professionals, incorrect terminology and questions abound about DAS. The topic mainly comes up during initial scope discussions for qualifications and proposals for new construction or major renovation projects, but it may be re-visited any time during a project – and hopefully before construction […]

THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL SIMULATION— by Ed “Duke” Dukstein CTS-D

Many of the recent and current MedSIM design projects that have engaged Sextant Group / NV5 Engineering & Technology have included in the program at least one virtual reality room. When we ask owners what it is that they want to do in these rooms, the answer has almost always been, “We don’t know — but we do know […]

5×5: FIVE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL RESHAPE YOUR CAMPUS IN FIVE YEARS by Craig Park & John Cook

This article first appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of APPA’s Facility Manager magazine.

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”—Yogi Berra

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”—Satchel Paige

As two of baseball’s preeminent philosophers once noted,
change is inevitable, and sometimes a little scary. However, adapting to change
is always strategic, and never more so than when […]

HIGHER ED PROJECTS: WHO ARE OUR REAL CLIENTS? — by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant

We all know our clients and their needs, right? We’ve been listening to them for years. They spell out their vision and goals in RFQ’s with great buzz words and phrases like State-of-the-Art Classrooms, 21st Century Skills, Active Learning. And we faithfully recite those words back at the interview thinking that’s what they want to hear. But have we […]

ACOUSTICS & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: BETTER COORDINATION = BETTER OUTCOMES — by Greg Coudriet and Stephanie Lafontaine

The Sextant Group recently joined forces with NV5 Engineering & Technology, resulting in many good conversations with our new fellow engineers. For example, when designing new buildings or renovating existing spaces, how can one get best value from acoustics and mechanical systems?
Principal of Acoustics Greg Coudriet INCE Bd. Cert, LEED AP BD+C and HVAC Department Head Stephanie Lafontaine […]

THE CONVERGENCE OF WORKPLACE AND LEARNING SPACE — by Kelly Stumpf PMP

The Chicken or the Egg?

While “convergence” is a fun buzz word now commonplace when discussing technology, by definition, it’s when two or more things merge to form a new whole. In the past, technology deployed in the learning space varied dramatically from workplace technology. For instance, apart from some company training, do you spend your workdays in a […]

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS: Five Emerging AV Technology Trends — By Don Fisher CTS-D

Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) come in all shapes and sizes. Every state, county or big city has some sort of facility to address emergency situations. You will also find EOCs at universities, hospitals and businesses. Sometimes they are permanent, purpose designed spaces; other times they are just a simple, flexible conference room that can turned into an EOC as […]