It was the first month in October 2008, a full 18 months after my initial contact with Tinny, 6 months after our receipt of the Purchase Order, and five trips to Florida later for me, the pole line was ready for construction. Dick Treacle and our crew of six arrived and in stellar fashion, completed the construction of 5/16 strand (steel messenger) and nearly four miles of fiber optic cable within two weeks. In another week we had Fusion spliced pigtails on the Commscope cable ends in all seven buildings and everything tested perfect. The client was lit up on our fiber in less than a month after beginning construction.
The Ohio State University's newly opened Biomedical Research Tower boasts about 180,000 square feet of lab space, making it the largest research facility on campus. The 14-story facility, which took three years to build, is expected to generate $3.7 billion of economic impact and 17,000 new jobs in its first 10 years of operation.
First National Bank
Tim Scholl was surfing his favorite search engine for Voice Over IP solutions. It was late fall 2002 as Tim, the Vice President of Information Services at First National Bank sought ways to save the bank money on long distance by exploiting their existing point to point T-1 data connections between the home office and its remote branches.
Kent State University
Consistently one of Yahoo's 100 most wired colleges and universities, Kent State University recognizes the value of a partner in Echo 24. As a university that has contracted tens of millions of dollars in telecommunications infrastructure, Kent State has had the experience of working with a multitude of technology contractors.
Adrian Dominician Sisters
Echo 24 brings high performance voice, data, and video cabling and additional technology services such as overhead paging and closed circuit television systems to this institution of religious women. As a campus of historic buildings preserving architectural grace is a constant concern with the implementation of modern technology.
BICSI Training and Certification in Ohio
Update March 29, 2011: Due to the sluggish economy and the lack in demand for BICSI training, we discontinued our ATF contract this year. Although our training facility remains in place and also remains in compliance with BICSI ATF standards functionally, we will not be offering Installer and / or Technician training for the foreseeable future. Echo 24 will continue to host its four year Apprenticeship Program and provide other manufacturer and customer training in this facility however.
We didn't have a classroom per se, so we had assembled a few fold-up tables and chairs and a grease board in a corner of the warehouse at our old building.
Although this wasn't exactly my idea of the kind of first class training facility that would attract prospective apprentices to want to come and work for Echo 24, it served our purposes for a time.
When we designed our new award winning facility last year, one key objective was to build in a "real classroom" and first class hands on lab for our four year apprenticeship program through ABC.
As it turned out the new instructor we had hired, Rick Bowers, RCDD, was also a BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International) certified instructor.
At the time, I had big plans for our training program that centered around our apprenticeship. These plans included hosting manufacturer certification training and special safety and technical sessions for our staff from time to time.
Never did I imagine we would be able to teach and certify technicians as BICSI Installers and Technicians.
Tempted by a "Low Bidder"?Anatomy of a Workmanship Disgrace
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Echo 24 wins Excellence In Construction Pyramid Award!
As a telecommunications contractor, it isn't often we have an opportunity to showcase more than one or two of our technology offerings. Even rarer is a project literally in our backyard (ten minutes from our office) in which we get to design-assist and build six different technology solutions.
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
Say good-bye to dropped mobile phone calls in your building!
Echo 24 is now an authorized dealer for Wilson Electronics. Wilson Electronics manufactures indoor signal boosters and antennas to improve cellular performance in a single room, a large warehouse, or a large multi-story office building. Applications include colleges / universities, office buildings, apartments, hospitals, warehouses, buildings with Low E glass, metal buildings, basements, sub-basements, tunnels, or any other facility that lacks adequate signal coverage. We installed it at our home office and the difference was immediately apparent and amazing!
The product works with most major mobile phone carriers including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
Wave IP—Setting the standard in Voice Communications
Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has named the Wave IP converged telephony system as a recipient of the 2010 INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine’s Excellence Award, for delivering exceptional IP Communications Solutions.
Echo 24 Graduates First Apprentices!
On June 17th, 2010 Echo 24 graduated it's first apprenticeship class from its four year program. The class was taught by Rick Bowers, RCDD and is administered through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Echo 24 hosts the training at its facility in Reynoldsburg. New Journeyman graduates are Ryan Sagraves, Johnny Lein, and Chad Floyd.
Echo 24 wins Excellence in Construction Eagle Award!
October 13, 2011: Echo 24 was awarded its second ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for the Data Center project completed at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark Ohio this year. Issued by the Associated Builders and Contractors, the EIC Eagle is the highest honor given for Excellence in Construction. Projects are judged on the basis of size, scope complexity, quality workmanship, safety, references, and quality of the submission package.
Echo 24 wins ABC Excellence in Construction Award!
When Ryan Clouse asked me to go to lunch, I had no idea what was on his mind. Ryan is the chief estimator for one of our best clients, Vaughn Industries, an Electrical and HVAC contractor based in Carey, Ohio. Over the years, I’ve had lunch with Ryan numerous times, generally along with some of my staff or some of his.
What made this mysterious was that no one else was invited. Was he looking to make a career change? I had no idea, but I have a great deal of trust in Ryan so I went with it.
Echo 24 Deploys Largest VoIP Overhead Paging System in the United States at the Dayton VA Medical Center
One of the three oldest VA facilities in the nation (opening in late 1867), The VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio had housed and cared for more veterans than any other VA facility in the nation from 1865 to 1930. The Dayton VAMC currently serves approximately 6,500 inpatients and 200,000 outpatients each year. The challenge was to improve staff efficiency, patient care, and patient satisfaction by tying the overhead paging system together throughout 18 buildings (ranging from the modern day 10 story hospital tower to outbuildings over 140 years old) through the existing fiber backbone and Cisco network.
Builders Exchange recognizes Echo 24 for Safety Excellence!
The front page of "the Exchange" published by the Builders Exchange (BX) of Central Ohio featured Echo 24 in an article recognizing safety achievement award winners last week.
As a business owner, I tend to write about products and services we offer that will help other business owners and business managers.
If you own a business or have responsibility for managing profit and loss, this site is written for you. You will see a recurring theme as we discuss using technology to help you increase profits, increase employee productivity, reduce loss, save money, and avoid making bad technology investments. The issues discussed are from actual business practices or case studies as we have experienced them at Echo 24. Your comments are welcome
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