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09/30/2007 - First at Washington” Pioneers Fiber to the Condo

Construction is nearing completion at the first downtown condominium project that comes fully wired with two fiber connections in every unit. The project is called “First at Washington” due to its location at the Southwest corner of that intersection. Acme Integration (Ai) is the general contractor for the project, and both ventures are owned by the Hanley family – Jim, Jason, and Heather.

First at Washington exemplifies the Terabyte Triangle concept, “the Baked Alaska Building” – a cool, classic exterior that shrouds a white-hot, technologically advanced interior. The 3-story building was built in 1901, and, after remolding, will house ground floor retail space and seven living units. Each unit will have two fiber connecting points, two quad shield RG-6, 75 ohm “precision video cables", and two cat 5e’s. The fiber will connect the building communications demarcation point to each condominium. Inside each unit, there will be three control panel sites that will connect to the unit’s master control panel for convenient control over any electronic device. Device options are numerous. They will include HVAC control systems, central vacuum, lighting control, and security systems. The unit buyer might add custom home theater, television, telephone networking, whole house audio, iPod docks, and even gigabit speed Internet.

The condo association will have its own server and its own equipment room to keep it all going. All of the requisite failover, fire suppression, heating and cooling systems, and redundant power sources will be built into First at Washington. “You can’t have too much wiring,” says Jason Hanley, “in ten years, this will all be pedestrian.” Ai is still shopping for an optical fiber purveyor to connect at the demarc.

All this is possible because the general contractor is Acme Integration. Acme Integration is a full service systems integrator that does both commercial and residential projects. Ai is licensed for low-voltage work. As ‘smart homes’ integration specialists, they integrate TV, telephones, audio, lighting, security, and any other feature the homeowner might desire. They have mounted large plasma screens so that they will retract into the ceiling or come up out of the floor. They have mounted them so they may swivel. Ai wires everything into one or more central panels, all in a tidy flat surface, for easy control anywhere in the house. “We have the most technically advanced staff available,” says Hanley.

Because they are also general contractors, Ai can rebuild, reframe, and redesign while they are doing the low voltage work. If the retrofit requires wall disturbance or replacement, they do all of the repairs as well. Ai’s partner company, Acme TV, sells the component parts. All of the components are ‘off the shelf’, have been proven reliable, and most importantly, will work together. “Interoperability is a must,” says Hanley.

First at Washington still has two condominium units available. The units all have windows, exposed brick walls, and the industrialized look of metropolitan lofts. After the “Live it up Spokane – Downtown Spokane Lifestyle Tour” last June, four of the units sold immediately. Hanley was told that First at Washington was “by far the nicest looking condos on the market right now.” “What we’re offering is just terrific,” says Hanley.

The retail space, which will house Heather Hanley’s “Concept Home,” as well as the first two condos, should be completed in November. Concept Home will feature contemporary and designer oriented furniture and interior design consultation.

To learn more about Acme Integration or Acme TV, call James Hanley at (509) 535-1111 or 1-800-CPU-ACME. Visit their Web site at

Billie Moreland
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