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    March 21, 2024

    Building Technologies: Integration & Innovation Leader

    As the construction industry moves into a new era, the landscape of building technologies is undergoing a profound transformation. The integration of advanced systems into a project’s infrastructure is not just a trend but a necessity, driven by the relentless demand for smarter, more efficient, and interconnected spaces for the people that live and work in them. Traditional construction practices are being challenged and redefined, pushing the industry towards innovative solutions and collaborative approaches. 


    Our Senior Solutions Manager Max Gebhart discusses the trends that are shaping the future of building technologies and how Power Design’s Systems Technologies division brings simplicity to the complex scope.  



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    “When we walk off a project, we know that the building operator and the tenant and the owner, everyone's going to have that same experience. When we leave a building, we can stamp it with that same level of expertise every time. And that's why our partners keep coming back to work with us.” 

    Max Gebhart | Senior Solution Manager


    Integrating and Consolidating Technologies Management

    With so much available through building technologies, we are experiencing an era of fragmentation of systems – with capabilities ranging from access control and surveillance to energy efficiency and building automation. But as demand for these systems surges, so does the need to consolidate their management. Partners now recognize that spreading these tasks across multiple vendors leads to a disjointed approach and inefficiencies in their projects. This realization is leading to the integration of the various systems under one roof, aiming for a seamless, all-encompassing infrastructure. The approach not only simplifies coordination but also enhances the construction and operational efficiency of smart buildings. Remember, to build a smart building, you have to build a building smarter.  

    Power Design’s Systems Technologies division is unlike any other systems integrator, boasting more than 200 certifications and recognized as a technology leader as a member of the Forbes Technology Council.  With our depth of experience and knowledge, we understand how to best integrate all the diverse functions into one building technologies backbone, one infrastructure, and ensure they are all speaking the same language and integrated seamlessly within the building’s entire infrastructure. Through that consolidation, we can deploy the individual systems effectively where the building operator can capitalize on all the efficiencies afterwards and use the data to take the user experience to a higher level. 

    Reducing Risk Management through Collaboration

    Our partners face significant challenges when taking on a project from issues that can lead to unexpected costs and extended timelines to expanded liability with a multitude of subs siloed in their own scope. Building technologies bring an extra level of risk to a project because of all the complex systems that need to be brought online, with almost all of them related to the building user’s experience. But how do partners manage that risk while trying to deliver a unified experience for all parties involved? By collaborating with reliable and trusted partners. Owners and general contractors don’t have time to play around when it comes to their end goal – completing their projects on time and on budget – and that’s where the reliable, trusted partner comes into play.  

    Power Design brings with us three decades worth of industry experience into the building technologies scope and a proven track record of helping mitigate risk for our partners on more than 2,100 projects. We inherently make things simpler for our partner, whether it be the general contractor or owner, because we take responsibility of the ownership’s intent for the building and its systems and manage the general contractor’s risk in bringing those systems online on their behalf as their partner. At the end of the day, Power Design’s not in the business of risk, we’re in the business of removing risk.  

    Establishing Strategic Technology Partnerships

    Establishing strategic technology partnerships can significantly bolster a company's competitive advantage. This collaboration not only fosters innovation but also ensures that construction firms stay ahead of industry trends, meeting the increasingly sophisticated demands of clients and regulatory standards. These partnerships can even lead to cost savings, improved project timelines, and enhanced safety measures – all contributing to a stronger reputation in the industry. 

    Our Systems Technologies division has created a solid reputation in the industry, not just for delivering but for pioneering the integration of new technologies in construction. Our success lies in partnering with industry giants such as Crestron, Cisco, Brivo, and SALTO, ensuring that we can leverage the best innovations in access control, surveillance, and building automation. By collaborating with these best-in-class companies, we can guarantee that our projects not only meet but exceed the expectations of our partners. Power Design doesn’t have the reputation we have today because of not delivering an unmatched experience – we are leading the charge on the evolution of technology and through our strategic partnerships that are shaping the future of smart buildings and advanced infrastructure. 

    Streamlining the Building Process through Design

    The importance of incorporating building technologies early in the design phase of a project sometimes isn’t seen until after issues arise because the systems were an afterthought. Increased costs and delays due to the need to retrofit elements at the end of construction or compatibility issues with different systems hindering their ability to communicate effectively are just some issues that can affect a project’s competition and budge because the systems were an afterthought.  Early integration ensures that the technological elements, such as energy systems, security features, and automation capabilities, are seamlessly woven into the building's architecture, leading to a more efficient and holistic design.  

    With a 300-person design and engineering team backing them, our Systems Technologies division conceptualizes and outlines the systems during the design phase, ensuring all components operate cohesively and efficiently. Our proactive approach allows our teams to identify potential issues and mitigate risks before construction begins, saving time and costs associated with retrofitting or adjustments during later stages. Even during construction, our teams set milestones well ahead of the construction schedule that help prioritize potential issues before they even become a variable. 


    In the rapidly evolving landscape of construction and technology, Power Design is a pivotal force, steering the industry toward a future where integration, efficiency, and innovation intersect. With decades of experience and a forward-thinking approach, we are redefining the roles within the construction sector, emphasizing the need for consolidation, collaboration, and cutting-edge solutions 

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