At Entrainment Consulting, we’re your dedicated companions in crafting seamlessly integrated technology solutions for the premium residential sector.
Our collaborative approach extends to architects, builders, interior designers, AC contractors, and individuals – creating a synergy that transforms spaces into intelligent havens. Our comprehensive array of services caters to your unique needs, available either individually or as part of a holistic package. We understand that innovation knows no bounds, so if your needs extend beyond our offerings, consider us your problem-solving partners. We thrive on unraveling new challenges and finding tailored solutions.
Below is a list of our services, which seamlessly align with the various stages of design and construction for most projects.
Needs Analysis and Architectural Programming
We conduct detailed interviews with the client, the architect, and the other members of the design team to define functionality and specify the infrastructure and systems. We carefully collect information on desires, lifestyles, anticipated usage, lifespan of the property, and investment goals. We suggest various ideas based on what is possible, our experience, and what may be on the horizon. The result is a specification that becomes the clear, guiding document for the system.
Our full-service technology designs typically address the following systems:
Fireplaces and fire features
Master control system
Motorized doors and gates
Physical access control
Pool, spa, fountains, and water features
Racks and cabinet equipment
Remote devices and sensors
Structured cabling Technical furniture
This service builds upon the results of the needs analysis to determine feasibility and develop the technology budget for the project. The primary goal is to verify functionality per the schematic and construction drawings. The importance of this phase is to anticipate construction-related issues and address them during the design phase of the project, preventing costly change orders or mistakes later in the project timeline.
This is where our coordinated design effort really begins. We specify the technology system infrastructure, cabling, space requirements, device placements, electrical provisions, mechanical provisions, and structural requirements. We also provide budget ranges for the desired solutions.
Our deliverables for this phase of work typically include:
A detailed technology device location floor plan
Thermal and HVAC requirements
Other issues that will impact construction
Construction & Engineering Drawings
The Construction & Engineering Drawings service provides meticulous construction and engineering documentation to key stakeholders such as the architect, interior designer, general contractor, and low-voltage contractor. This essential documentation is a fundamental component of every project, ensuring a seamless outcome. Our deliverables harmoniously integrate the electronic system’s specifications with the design and construction particulars. Depending on the project’s scope and magnitude, certain elements of this documentation may be executed by the low-voltage contractor under our review and supervision.
Our standard offerings encompass:
Electrical requirements and locations
Structural details as needed for larger products
Cabinet detailing for equipment located in furniture
Thermal management for electronic equipment
Sight-lines and speaker placement for the desired experiences
Product placement on floor plans with dimensional information for clash detection and conflict resolution
Equipment rack elevations
Wiring infrastructure details
Conduit layout and schedules
Schematics and point-to-point diagrams for low-voltage
Controls and interfacing with pool, fountain, and irrigation designers and contractors
Security and surveillance interface designs for the security contractor
The user experience encapsulates the way inhabitants interact with and utilize the home’s technology. It transcends the surface aesthetics, serving as the very foundation of system performance. Our approach leans heavily on insights gleaned from the Needs Analysis and Architectural Programming phase, which fuels the definition of the optimal experience.
In select cases, the ultimate experience doesn’t require direct interaction from the client. Consider geofencing, for instance – a tool we harness to sense when someone arrives home. A seamless experience might involve illuminating pertinent lights upon entry, all without a button press. The system’s intelligence extends to recognizing nighttime and activating only necessary lights. These subtle enhancements culminate in effortless technological gratification.
We furnish prerequisites for central control system software programming, outlining operation requirements and user experience guidelines. While we abstain from programming the control system or crafting the graphical user interface (GUI), our blueprint illuminates the path for a remarkable experience.
Entrainment Consulting offers:
Functional requirements at the room level
Facility management requirements for the property
User interface equipment selection – keypads, remote controls, touchscreens, tablets, biometrics, Near-Field Communications (NFC) and voice interfaces that would be appropriate for each space
Lighting control systems design
Inspect, Test, & Verify
Precision in every detail is our guiding principle.
Entrainment Consulting’s commitment extends to rigorous verification across multiple dimensions throughout the construction and commissioning stages. Crafting a top-tier technology system demands the seamless collaboration of all trades to ensure the design intent, meticulously outlined in our documentation and specifications, is flawlessly executed. Our extensive experience highlights a recurring challenge – the possibility of a trade inadvertently overlooking a detail, ultimately resulting in system setbacks. To mitigate this, we conduct spot inspections and orchestrate meetings to guarantee a shared understanding of the task at hand.
Our inspection process encompasses:
Structural verification for issues related to the system
HVAC and thermal construction to ensure the proper equipment performance
Electrical for compliance with power capacity, proper grounding, and locations
Lighting fixtures and zones related to lighting control
Device placement coordination