Design & Engineering

Our Design Team


At Spire Integrated Systems, we understand high-end architecture and design. We offer creative solutions to hide and blend technology into the home. That is why our design team is a group of highly qualified engineers and programmers that excel in the development of custom design and integrated solutions. Our multidisciplinary team is certified and trained in automation, A/V, lighting and shading systems.

The design team works with builders, architects, designers and homeowners to masterfully plan and execute every detail of the home’s technology. They create engineering documentation to ensure the optimal performance of the overall system.

Brad Slamans

Brad Slamans

Design Director
bslamans@spireintegrated.com

After being a part of an A/V start up company, Brad comes to Spire with a vast knowledge of automation systems, lighting, shades, and system design. Using these skills he leads Spire’s design department where attention to detail, technical skill, and customer satisfaction are top priorities.

Certified Control4 Programmer, Savant Certified Programmer, Ketra Certified Programmer, Lutron QS
Jared Sebring

Jared Sebring

IT Systems Engineer
jsebring@spireintegrated.com

Jared comes to Spire with two associate degrees and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Michigan. He has a passion for all things computer, gaming, and is a rare blend of education, work, and life programmed for success.

Certified in Savant, Control 4, Lutron, low voltage, PCNA Certification, Networking and multiple programming languages
Amanda Ertman

Amanda Ertman

Design Associate
aertman@spireintegrated.com

Amanda’s customer service and computer experience, gained in part from her time at Micro Center, have been invaluable to Spire’s Design team. She joined Spire in 2015 and has exceled in the technical designing of home and commercial system proposals, as well as, system documentation. She also readily shares her IT expertise in house when needed.

Certified Atlona Technology Specialist
Erika Nielsen

Erika Nielsen

Design Associate
enielsen@spireintegrated.com

Erika comes to Spire with over 10 years’ experience working with various Engineering and R/D teams for a spectrum of industries from Bio-Med to Automotive. Having studied graphic design, CAD design and electronics she lends her experience and skills as a multi-faceted member of the Spire Design Team.

Design Process


Showroom

1. Client Meeting

The design process begins with a 1-2 hour meeting in the comfort of Spire’s showroom. The team will gather information about the client’s needs as well as perform system demonstrations. Budget and the client’s needs will be discussed along with a decision to move onto the next steps.

2. Budget Approval

A base system budget is presented. If approved, a design retainer is requested.

Budget Approval
Budget Approval

2. Budget Approval

A base system budget is presented. If approved, a design retainer is requested.

Drawings

3. Drawings

The design team will start with hand drawn plans along with initial CAD drawings for A/V and lighting systems (if necessary).

4. Formal Proposal & Design

The design team will create a full room-by-room deign, and finalize a price for the system. Drawings are updated as necessary.

Formal Proposal & Design
Formal Proposal & Design

4. Formal Proposal & Design

The design team will create a full room-by-room deign, and finalize a price for the system. Drawings are updated as necessary.

Final Approval

5. Final Approval

The client approves the final design and budget. Any adjustments to the design are made.

6. Production

Design is sent to the installation team for production.

Design & Engineering Documentation


Would you feel comfortable if a General Contractor told you he could build your dream home without a set of architectural plans? Of course not. As we all know, a house is very complex and is built from many different items: a foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, windows, doors, a roof, and the list goes on.

Much like a home that is built with many different structural systems that require detailed planning and drawings from an architect, today’s electronic systems are a complex network of different electronic systems that need to be carefully planned well in advance of installation. Like a home’s architectural plans, Spire creates detailed design and engineering documentation for your project. Since this often involves coordinating with other trades, such as electricians, HVAC (climate) contractors, architects, general contractors, and many times interior designers, these drawings serve as the way to coordinate product locations and requirements efficiently.

Detailed Connection

Detailed Connection Sheets

The detailed connection sheets define all of the wiring connections between the various electronic components. In cases where a home control system will control home amenities supplied by other contractors (such as HVAC, pools/spas, etc.), connections to these systems will be defined, too. This ensures everyone’s efforts are coordinated and clearly defines each contractor’s scope of work.

Drawing Examples

Rack Component

Component Rack Drawings

An electronic component rack keeps your technology wiring organized to easily service and prevent potential performance issues. They come in various heights, some with casters and some that can pull out of cabinetry and then swivel (for servicing). The rack drawings will layout the shortest wiring paths and the best way to arrange the components for ease of servicing and heat dissipation.

Drawing Examples

Theater Room

Theater Design

Whether you’re converting an unused room into a theater or intergrading one in a new build, careful attention is paid to design elevation, site lines and acoustical treatments. The drawings will create the optimal layout for speakers, seating, shades and lighting, as well as acoustics. From the behind the scenes technology to the custom cabinetry, the drawings will help builders and designers create the theater room of your dreams.

Drawing Examples

Lighting Design

Lighting Design

The right lighting creates ambiance, provides security, and helps your home be energy efficient. Through careful design and planning, Spire’s team will create drawings that layout the fixtures, fans and even the control systems such as dimmers and in-wall keypads. When these drawings are produced early in a project, they can be shared with other trades, often with aesthetic benefits. Designers can use the drawings to incorporate fixtures even lighting color to complement your home’s décor.

Examples

Audio Video Design

A/V Design

Spire will use your floor plan from your architect or general contractor, to place icons representing the home’s technology systems on the floor plan. This helps everyone visualize where TV’s, speakers, wall controls, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras, etc. will be. These drawings also reveal which wires need to be run to which locations, and which locations will benefit from the addition of empty conduit to allow for future upgrades or expandability.

Drawing Examples