EDI's New Look: A Note from the President

We are pleased to introduce EDI's new logo and tagline above. With respect for our past and all the incredible projects we've done over the last 30+ years, we are excited to continue to Explore, Design, and Implement technology solutions for the healthcare, corporate, and education markets into the future.

Let us be Your Technology Guide.
Don K
A Note from the Chairman

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you are having a fantastic summer. Some of you may be wondering where I've been lately and what I've been up to since you haven't heard from me in these pages for some time now.

For those who don't know, I began a 6 month "sabbatical" leave last September, and for the first time since founding EDI in 1986, I had the opportunity to focus my energy in some different directions. So as a sort of "trial" retirement and a test drive of EDI's next generation leadership team, Nanci and I set out on some bold new adventures. I am thrilled to report EDI is flourishing under Mark, Carl, Cindy, Mike and Jim's leadership, and while I've taken a far less public role, I am still actively involved as a Board member.

What Nanci and I were planning to do during those six months included moving into a new home in Salida, CO, spending more time with our young granddaughter, and oversight of some long overdue renovations to a family property in West Virginia. We certainly did not know then that our adventure would lead us to northwest Montana and the very interesting world of cryptocurrency mining.

This past January, right after the New Year, I received a phone call from a longtime friend and past business associate, Jeff. Jeff started cryptocurrency mining as a hobby in his Whitefish, MT garage almost five years ago during the early days of cryptocurrencies. He was calling to ask if I might be interested in partnering with him to "scale up" his garage mining hobby and make a little money at the same time. I said yes, and less than six (very hectic and busy) months later, Columbia Mountain Holdings, LLC (www.cmhllc.io) opened our new Columbia Mountain facility, a 3.8 mW, purpose-built cryptocurrency mining facility capable of hosting 2,304 ASIC servers or "miners." It has been a whirlwind experience to say the least (and I mean this literally with 500,000 cfm of outside air moving through a 3,200-sf facility!). Our demanding schedule made it feel like we were building an airplane while it was rolling down the runway taking off. We pulled it off, and below is the first of several installments that tell the story of how our facility came to be, the challenges we faced, and the lessons we learned along the way.

As an important side note, one of the more gratifying aspects of the project was the opportunity to hire EDI and experience working with EDI as a client for the first time. Dan Fanning and the EDI team, along with some help from AHA Consulting Engineers, did an outstanding job and helped us develop what I believe to be the state-of-the-art cryptocurrency mining facility in North America, perhaps anywhere. If you or anyone you know needs help developing, planning, and designing this type of facility, we can help. Give us a call!

Sincerely,

Don Kinser, PE
Chairman of EDI, Ltd.
Developing a State-of-the-Art Cryptocurrency Mining Facility
By: Don Kinser

If you don't know what cryptocurrency is or understand how it works, you share a lot of company and are not alone (the term itself was just added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in March 2018).

Cryptocurrency exists digitally and has no central issuing or regulating authority (this is typically the most difficult concept for most people to get their head around). There are over a thousand different cryptocurrencies today with a total market capitalization of around $225 billion. The largest and most widely known cryptocurrency is Bitcoin...


Do you have questions about how EDI can help you integrate the newest technologies into your projects
 

A Technology Monopoly:
Where are we headed?

By: Jan Stuchlik


You do not have to follow trends designed to benefit Silicon Valley. You do not have to buy your computing and software from them.  What is the price of that freedom?

You need to invest some time and a little bit of money: Time to learn the basics of computer science; time to develop your own systems; and money to buy your own hardware, and staff to run it (if you can't find internal resources).
Project Updates & Client Awards

We are honored to be working with several new and repeat clients on their exciting new projects!

Eagleville Hospital - Philadelphia, PA
EDI is working with Ewing Cole architects on the renovations and additions at Eagleville Hospital just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Eagleville is a specialty care facility providing care for substance abuse patients and will be adding over 100,000 SF of space along with renovations that will enhance recreational areas and support areas.



Children's Hospital North Campus Expansion - Broomfield, CO
Children's Hospital of Colorado (CHCO) is currently in design to significantly expand their North Campus Facility in Broomfield, Colorado. Due to significant population growth in the Northern Denver area, it became clear that there was a gap in pediatric health services for the region. Once this expansion is complete, the new buildings and renovations will be over 200,000 square feet (over four times the current size). EDI was selected as technology consultant for the project and tasked to advise, design, and coordinate the application of technology within the new clinical setting at the new facility. EDI joined the IPD team of experts of CHCO (Owner), TreanorHL (Architect), GH Phipps (General Contractor), The RMH Group (MEP Engineer), Sturgeon (Specialty Contractor), and more with the goal of leveraging innovative technologies combined with collaborative processes to improve patient experience and improve operational workflow. The complete expansion and renovation of the current facility is anticipated to be finished late 2019 or early 2020.


Kaiser Permanente Medical - Baltimore, MD
EDI is w orking with Gresham Smith architects from Nashville, TN to provide technology design consulting for a Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building in Baltimore, MD. The project will add 210,000 SF of outpatient clinical space with a 5-story MOB along with a 7-story parking garage .


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, IT Program Management Services - Atlanta, GA
We want to thank Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) for renewing our IT Program Management Contract. This engagement includes working with CHOA IT and Facilities Groups on multiple projects (hospital, MOB, parking decks, etc.) at their new North Druid Hills Campus. Our engagement includes: Lead Master Planning efforts o f Information Systems & Technology plans in close collaboration with Clinical Operations, Planning, Design & Construction, and the support services departments; Ensure compliance with project control budgets and schedule adherence; Evaluate current information systems and processes and support development of innovative processes to improve Information System programs; Monitor the compliance of IS&T vendors to ensure compliance with budget, milestones and appropriate policies and procedures, etc.
New Hires
By Mark McComb
 
The past several months have brought a handful of additions to the team at EDI. We are continuing to expand as a company while providing a place for our employees to grow in their careers.

Linda Webb, Project Accountant/Office Manager, came to EDI with a combined 28 years' experience in the professional and architectural industry. Her work experience includes General Accounting, HR, Payroll, and Benefit Administration. As an art major, she enjoys creating both modern and traditional art pieces using oils and water colors.

Sara Ann Holloman joined the team in April as an Office Manager and Project Accountant, bringing with her 30+ years of experience primarily in the professional services industry with 20+ of those years working at A&E Firms. The focus of her work experience has been as an Office Manager and Project Accountant with experience in General Accounting, HR, Payroll and Benefit Administration as well. She is a native of Atlanta, having lived in Sandy Springs her entire life (except when she was in college), and enjoys playing tennis, watching classic movies, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Peanut.

Shaun Self, Sr. Project Manager, came to EDI with 15+ years of experience in technology integration. He has been implementing EDI designs since 2003 and has been an installer, project manager, operations manager, owner representative, sales engineer as well as a global program manager. He brings a variety of experience implementing and deploying integrated technologies including wireless telephones, nurse call, real time location systems, medical records integrations, access control and video surveillance, to name a few. Shaun has a B.S. in Computer Science and holds both the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) organizations.

Alex Oravitz, our Marketing Manager, brings to EDI 5+ years of experience in marketing and business development. A Penn State graduate with a B.A. in Advertising and minor in Spanish, Alex has worked with marketing agencies, software companies, and professional services firms in a variety of disciplines ranging from marketing strategy, branding, and event planning to CRM administration, proposal management, and legal marketing.

Conor Maselli joined EDI as a Project Management Intern for the Northeast Region and is entering his senior year at the University of Connecticut School of Business. He is majoring in Management Information Systems and is projected to graduate in 2020. Conor is a member of the following student organizations at UCONN: Information Management Association, the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, and the Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success. 

We are excited about these new members joining our team and know that they will help take our growing company to the next level. 
Training

Lunch-N-Learns:
What does EDI do? Well...let us tell you. We would love to host a lunch-n-learn for your organization. EDI offers lunch-n-learns on the following topics: Audio-Visual Systems Future Trends, Healthcare Technology - Today & Tomorrow, Nursing and Patient-Friendly Technology Design, Technology in Education, Top 10 Technology Coordination Issues, and Design/Build vs Design/Bid/Build - What's Best for You? 

Learn more about these topics  here. Please contact  Carl Emery to schedule your lunch-n-learn today!

Internal Training:
Not only do we offer training, but we stay abreast of the latest technology to bring our clients and projects the best designs based on potential vendors and their products and services.  To name a few, we've learned from vendors such as:

 


 

We want to thank the vendors that took the time to meet with us and tell us more about their services and products. 


Are you interested in presenting your latest and greatest technology systems and products to our team members? Please contact Sara Ann Holloman to schedule a lunch-n-learn for our staff.
Upcoming Events
Be sure to check out the details for one of the following industry conferences and events. Maybe we'll see you there!

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EDI Office Happenings

One of the greatest things about working at EDI is the culture. Once hired, our employees are happy to work hard for a company that aids in their professional development, challenges them to do their best, and recognizes them for their hard work. 

The following employees are celebrating an anniversary with EDI this summer:
  • Craig Burnley (7 years)
  • Michael Cherfane (5 years)
  • Kyle McGee (3 years)
  • Stephanie Anderson (3 years)
We'd also like to recognize several employees for their dedication and hard work over the past few months:

Employee of the Month
  • Brian Murphy (April)
  • Jerry McDonell (July)
Caffeine Award - Too Much Overtime! :)
  • Paul Remke (April)
  • Carl Emery (May)
  • Stephanie Anderson (June)
  • Jan (July)

 
Production Summit
EDI held its annual Production Summit in June where we brought everyone in  the  company to Atlanta to complete some internal training and spend a week  collaborating and working together. It was a great week of training by our se nior level people and a good time for everyone to work together and be in the same location. Thanks for all the hard work everyone put into making the week a success and for keeping up on all the client work at the same time.

Company Picnic
EDI also held its Company Picnic in June at a local Atlanta Park and spent the afternoon eating some great food, playing ultimate frisbee, volley ball, bocce ball, and cornhole - as well as just spending time together outside of the office. It was a great time to relax and have some fun together.


iFly Outing
For those of you who don't know, Conor Ryan (our Director of Business Development for the Western Region) has an interesting hobby of jumping out of airplanes. In order to support him in his madness, we had a group of  employees go to iFly and experience some indoor skydiving. It was a great time and everyone spent a few minutes experiencing the thrill of skydiving (without the risk...). Conor tells us that the motion and feelings are the same, we are just missing the view (which is obviously one of the main reasons to skydive) .
We're Hiring

Staff Designer (Denver, CO)
The Staff Designer role is an entry-level engineering and consulting position. The primary job responsibility objective is to assist senior consultants, project managers, and principals with the design of technology infrastructure systems for hospital, data center, higher education, and corporate projects. This includes developing design documents in both REVIT and AutoCad (primarily REVIT), attending project meetings, supporting engineers and consultants with required tasks, and specification development. The technology systems include cabling systems, local area networks, wireless systems, voice communications, nurse call, overhead paging, security access control, video surveillance, audio-visual, and other specialty systems.

Click  here to see the full job description and submit your resume.
ATLANTA
1600 RiverEdge Parkway 
Suite 900
Atlanta, GA  30328

Contact: Carl Emery 
Vice President,  Sales & Marketing
404.790.0944


DENVER
8821 East Hampden Avenue
Suite 212       
Denver, CO  80231

Contact: Conor Ryan
Director of Business Development, Western Region
303.929.3050


NEW YORK
845 Third Avenue, 6th Floor
Manhattan, NY  10022

Contact: Mike Maselli
Managing Principal, Northeast Region
678.213.3560


PENSACOLA
25 West Cedar Street
Suite 213
Pensacola, FL 32501

Contact: Paul Remke
Principal,  Technology Design Group
678.213.3579