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Q&A with Low Voltage Designer, Steve Sanchez

by Kat Phelps, Marketing Manager

Steve Sanchez serves as Low Voltage Designer II for DBR’s Houston office. With 9 years of experience in the industry working as an integrator, Steve’s experience also includes 2 years of providing integrated technology and security design services for various projects, including local government and K-12 educational facilities. Much of his recent experience has been focused on K-12 projects.

During his downtime, Steve enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time outdoors.

Steve never says no to a challenge. His agility in design, incredible service to our clients, and knowledge of security/technology/AV systems make him a Low Voltage MVP.

Q&A with Steve:

Q: Describe how the Low Voltage team delivers systems to ensure facilities are secure, well-integrated, and highly functional.

A: We try to understand how a building will function, and how security systems will be monitored and controlled. Once we have a clear picture of how the owner will manage the building, we can provide a solution integrating all security systems. With all systems integrated into one interface, the owner’s security team can manage systems remotely making it seamless for the end-user.

Q: What are some things owners should consider when addressing the renovation of integrated technology systems within their existing facilities?

A: In small renovations projects with scope in only a few spaces, it is often difficult to upgrade a limited number of components without impacting a greater campus-wide system. Often, this requires a considerably expanded scope of work. In these cases, we try to work with our clients early on to set expectations and propose alternate solutions that can fit within the project scope and budget.

Q: How are you seeing the evolution of technology systems in the built industry?

A: In the last couple of years, we have seen a significant increase in the need for conferencing technologies. The pandemic helped people realize remote meetings are not only necessary at times but can save considerable time and money.

Q: What is a project you worked on that you are most proud of?

A: I’m proud of our recent work on the new Baytown Public Safety Building. It is one of the largest public safety projects that I’ve worked on, and the entire process has gone very smoothly. We were able to help the City of Baytown develop new technology and security standards and we helped to deliver a great new facility for the city.

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