Commercial Integrator June 2022 - Special Section 7

Residential Systems
Collaborating Beyond Technology
Sometimes, collaboration is about specialists on a project who come
together to make everything work. By Amanda Wildman
COLLABORATION ISN'T
ALWAYS about live video and
audio to a remote participant.
Sometimes, collaboration is
about specialists on a project
who come together to make
everything work.
For us, it all started on a Sunday
night just before sunset....
It's common on Sundays for
my husband and me to drive
around and do site surveys
for our family-owned residential-integration
business,
TruMedia. That way, we can
make sure our week is on track
for our team. This Sunday
night, we planned to end our
site surveys at a job site that
stood alone, high on a hill,
overlooking our town. As we
pulled up, we noticed another
truck, which is unusual in the
evenings on a job site. But
we figured it might just be
the homeowners stopping
by, wanting, like us, to check
out the progress. And that is
where we met him.
The Story Begins
The " him " in this story is Ryan
LaHaie, chief architect and
owner of 42° North Architecture
+ Design. With more than
25 years in architecture and
residential design, he also
wanted to check the progress
of this project...to view the
impressive steel skeletal structure
of this home at sunset.
That was the first of what we
would discover to be many
similarities in thoughts and
values that we shared with this
man who, now, is one of our
best collaborative partners.
Now, don't get too excited
and think this was just
one serendipitous moment
and the rest is history. This
relationship took work and
dedication on both of our
parts, and it could be likened
more to a team sport. This collaboration,
however, has been
instrumental to our growth
over the past four years. It is
my hope that you are able to
learn something from this tale.
You might even take away
something to help you develop
your own partnerships.
So, let's start with the
The steel skeletal structure of this home is particularly
impressive at sunset.
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backstory. How did it come
to be that LaHaie and I were
working on the same project?
He admits that, in the past, he
worked with one other integrator
on a project. Although
it went well, it wasn't, in his
words, " anything spectacular. "
But LaHaie was nonetheless
intrigued. He wanted to learn
more about the technology
that could be used in a
home. A short time later, the
builder on this particular
project brought us in to serve
as integration partner. And
those were the circumstances
under which we met LaHaie
on that fateful night.
Perhaps both of us lucked
out somewhat because of
this project's circumstances.
While, at first, the builder
was slightly resistant to the
concept of a lighting control
system and some of the other
ideas we suggested, the client
was excited and onboard.
They were a driving force in
the acceptance of an integration
partner.
The real push for integration,
however, came during
the electrical walk-through.
Remember when I told you
about the impressive steel
skeletal structure in LaHaie's
design? Well, it was
so impressive that the client
and he insisted that it remain
exposed in the interior of
the house, as well. The only
issue? That severely limited
the wall space for the light
switches. That was made
painfully obvious when we
reached the front door. While
the builder, designer and
electrician struggled to figure
out how they would put in all
the switches necessary, my
husband just stepped forward
and said, " We could do any of
those if you really want to...
or we could do this instead. "
He held up a Lutron HomeWorks
six-button keypad. The
conversation was over that
quickly. This home would in
fact be having a Lutron HomeWorks
system installed.
We Must Make Do
As anyone in the integration
industry understands,
determining something like
this at the electrical walkthrough
is not ideal. However,
as integrators - we who are
constantly trying to get a seat
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