InBuilding - Volume 2, Issue 1 - 95
SMART BUILDINGS: Dycon Enterprises
structures as well as on the roof,"
MAKING IT HAPPEN
Earlier this year, Dycon installed
a distributed antenna system for
T-Mobile at the CBS Blackrock
building, a 38-story oﬃce building
in New York City. The project,
which was completed in two
months, provided air conditioning
and space for the wireless network
"Installation only took a couple
of months because the infrastructure was already in the building as
we completed that a few years ago
for AT&T," Yagilowich explains.
"The equipment room is on the
top ﬂoor, and it is temperature
controlled and ﬁre protected. The
antenna systems, which are on the
roof and throughout the building,
are wired to remote antennas from
the equipment room. By doing
that the antennas continually repeat the signal. Wherever you may
be in the building, you will always
have an excellent signal."
The Marriott Hotel, also located
in New York City, is another "great
project" Dycon completed this
year for AT&T. "It's the same conDycon completed The Fur Salon in Saks Fifth Avenue's
flagship store last year.
cept as CBS Blackrock, except this
equipment room is in the sub-cellar, four levels below ground,"
Yagilowich notes that because
the elevator went only to the third
basement level, he and his team,
with all of their equipment, had to
access the lower sub-cellar through
a hatchway. "We had to lower everything down a level below that,"
he says. "It was really interesting
because it's an old building and
there was a pool down on the
lowest sub-cellar level, but they
never added a stairway. In order
to use the pool you had to access it
through the hatch."
It took a lot of coordination
and planning to ensure the project would succeed. "We had to
ensure the equipment would ﬁt
so a hoist was created to lower all
of the equipment and the battery
back-ups," he says.
Dycon's ﬂexibility has played a
critical role in its success. "Construction is cyclical," Yagilowich
says. "So when residential construction is busy, commercial
oﬃces, retail or public works may
not be. Very rarely will all industries of construction be busy at the
same time. Being diversiﬁed keeps
us working regardless."
As an example, the retail sector
is down. "Retailers have put the
brakes on doing new construction
projects," he explains. "We're staying busy with commercial, DAS,
infrastructure and landlord work.
There will always be something
that we can sink our teeth into."
He adds that the company's agility also comes in handy because
every construction project is not
the same. "Electric for a broadcast studio compared to electric
for an oﬃce space is diﬀerent,"
Yagilowich says. "Electricians are
specialized in certain ﬁelds. So,
when we're building out an oﬃce
suite, we choose electricians who
are better suited for that specialty."
Dycon prides itself on completing
its projects on time and on budget.
Yagilowich, however, says he is
most proud of the fact that this
approach has helped Dycon earn
repeat clients who in turn recommend the ﬁrm to others. "Ninety-ﬁve to ninety-eight percent of
our clients call us back," he says.
"We will not leave a client dissatisﬁed. Finishing a project on time
and on budget keeps the client
happy, and that is the foundation
of building a relationship."
Dycon aims to grow strategically. "We aren't looking to expand
ten-fold in the next year," Yagilowich concludes. "It's always been
about a slow and steady growth for
the last 16 years, and I like keeping
it that way. There is plenty of work
out there and we are satisﬁed with
our share of the market."
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