- Pat manages the design and implementation of communications distribution systems, including voice, data, security, audio-visual, and video infrastructure and electronics
- Seeks to exceed clients’ expectations by asking relevant questions, listening to clients to gain a holistic understanding of technology needs and proposing innovative solutions
- Collaborates with engineers, architects, and designers to ensure that all technological systems integrate seamlessly into the project’s structure, contribute to the design, promote sustainability, and enhance aesthetically
- Harnesses his inquisitive, thoughtful, and energetic personality to ensure quality design and successful long-term client relationships
Pat’s previous experiences, working in a range of technologies and media in a public high school and at MIT, are beneficial to team members throughout SMMA’s K-12 and higher education projects. These experiences were particularly useful in meeting the challenges that arose during the design and construction of Wellesley High School. “This was an especially fun project,” says Pat. “We introduced a dedicated, uninterruptible power supply system to serve the main telecommunications equipment room, which was pretty unique at the time and has since become part of our standard practice. We also added an interactive data acquisition system (DAS) that displays the building’s water, power, and gas usage, providing valuable real-time data regarding the building’s operational efficiency. The DAS gives students a learning tool to access and analyze data that’s significant to them—it’s their school, after all. The stories of Wellesley students working with this information and how they may apply it in the future are powerful; they add another layer of meaning to my work.”
Aesthetics and Technology
SMMA’s practice of integrating all trades throughout the design process is one of the unique factors contributing to the firm’s continued success. Including technology and security systems in the design process is no exception. “Let’s say we need to install a camera in a specific area, and the only options are stark black or white,” explains Pat.
“If the technology were considered and installed at the very end of the design process, which is not unusual, it could mar the entire aesthetic design intention.” In other cases, he explains, adding technology as an afterthought could interfere with other building systems. Pat works closely with the entire SMMA design team throughout the project to evaluate options, ensure that the technology enhances the building’s program, and is coordinated with the design. “By collaborating from the very beginning, everything can be seamless,” he says.