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feel-like-it business. It's now and the
business doesn't wait for anyone."
The company decided to bring
its construction services in-house,
hiring Cal Bordonaro in 2015
as the director of construction.
Modus' construction department
includes 15 people and is currently
deploying 1,700 nodes in the San
Francisco Bay Area and 1,800
in Portland, Ore. "Everything is
urgent and it comes down to experience and personnel," Bordonaro
adds. "We are very fortunate right
now that we have exceptional
talent on our team."
The heat was on Modus two
years ago when Verizon contracted
it to ensure wireless coverage for its
customers during the Super Bowl.
More than 75,000 football fans
descended on San Francisco for the
game, which required numerous infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the increased data use. Verizon
reported spending $70 million on
upgrades before the event.
Modus installed hundreds of
small cells atop San Francisco's streetlights that tripled the
network's capacity. "The design
was still changing in November
and the ﬁrst week of February is
Super Bowl," Bordonaro remembers. "Our construction department started with this project and
I surrounded myself with brilliance. Erik, Chad and Ryan are
the smartest guys I know and they
discuss everything before they
Verizon network infrastructure
deployments included 16 new cell
sites, the installation of 75 small
cells, a patented antenna system to
reach the lower stadium seats and
14 mobile cell sites, according to
reports. The investment beneﬁted
customers living in and traveling to
northern California well into the
future by adding capacity for web
browsing, video streaming and
social media posts.
"With the Super Bowl job,
there was no precedent so we had
to make it work and that's very
unique," Bordonaro says. "The
Super Bowl was a unique experience because we had the opportunity to make decisions on the
design and construction, and had
the local knowledge to maintain
the city's integrity and our reputation through every decision."
The companies are working together to help clients
lower costs by future-proofing their buildings.
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Crowley says performing the
work in-house also allows the company to remain client-focused and
maintain that sense of urgency on
every project. "When it's not your
people there's not the same results,
in my opinion," he adds. "We love
competing because our personnel
exceed expectations. Performing
jobs in-house is the best."
Abbott, Corkery and Crowley
have always self-funded Modus,
which they saw as a beneﬁt but
also recognized was a limitation.
"We were our own worst enemy,"
Crowley says. "We wanted to do
good work and stay within our
means, and as we grew to compete
against larger groups that had that
kind of funding, it was irritating to
lose a project because we couldn't
manage the cash ﬂow. We could
not build out a $50 million project
three years ago because we did not
have the ability to self-fund and we
would not have taken on the risk,
but now we can."
The merger with NextEdge
Networks infused Modus with the
capital it needs to take on the right
projects in the future. "It doesn't
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