Architect and Design Community
It is our goal to be considered our building partners' and clients' trusted technology advisors. Mills offers the following to our design community partners, including architects and interior designers:
- AIA and ASID presentations for continuing education credits (CEUs). These can be presented on a wide range of topics by Mills or one of our vendor partners. Check out our available courses and schedule one today!
- Product demonstrations. Whether in our offices, a portable demonstration, a visit to one of our past projects, or even a visit to one of our vendor partners, Mills enables our design partners and their clients to experience technology first-hand.
- Design Service Contracts. There are many benefits of technology being introduced earlier in the design process. Also, it can be exceedingly difficult to compare different technology system proposals. For about $1-$2 per square foot, Mills offers full design of the technology systems in a home. Architects, designers, and clients alike can understand design options at an earlier phase in the process and help ensure the system they want also fits the project budget.
- Professional Design Documents. Mills provides drawings (dwg, pdf) for equipment locations, technology infrastructure, elevations, and low-voltage connections. This can be layered into the larger design document package.
Just as we are trusted design partners, we also strive to be a great building partner. Given the many challenges a general contractor or builder may face, we try to help in the following ways:
- Technology demonstrations, presentations, and mock-ups. It is challenging to keep up to date with the latest technological trends. Allow Mills to present to your team. It can be especially challenging when new technology impacts other trades as well. Mills makes it a point to demonstrate and educate our build partners on new products and systems.
- Professional Design Documents. Mills provides drawings (dwg, pdf) for equipment locations, technology infrastructure, elevations, and low voltage connections. This can be layered into the larger design document package.
- Flexible Contracts. Let’s be honest – there is no one correct way to structure a low voltage/ technology contract. General contractors and builders should absolutely be compensated for their time in coordinating technology integration into the home. At the same time, there may be consumer electronics purchased that are outside the GC scope. However, you and your clients want to structure the technology systems contract – even with multiple contracts – we can meet this need.
- Dedicated Project Management. For every project, Mills has a single point of contact project manager (not technician) to facilitate schedules, meetings, and anything that may come up during a project.
- Dedicated Support Team. The builders and general contractors with whom we work go above and beyond to make sure clients’ needs are met – both during the project and beyond. Given the nature of technology, Mills offers support plans for our clients, making us (and not the builder/contractor) the first point of contact for any technology support need… 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.