Stark Tech’s Integration Team named Eagle Award Recipient for Excellence in Construction

Stark Tech has been named Eagle Award Recipient for Excellence

Stark Tech’s Integration Team from mc2 accepted the Eagle Award at the 2022 Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet in Orlando, FL on Saturday, October 22nd, 2022. Each year, the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors recognizes and celebrates outstanding projects built by CFC ABS members.

Stark Tech placed first in the Institutional, Other Specialist Construction Category: Energy Management and Building Automation – project cost range $5 million to $10 million – for the work performed at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) – South Terminal C Airside.

Project entries are evaluated by selected judges represented by a cross-section of the industry, and are judged on execution of design, quality of craftmanship, attention to detail, proper installation, outstanding planning and coordination efforts, challenges successfully overcome, project complexity, and more. To win, the project must earn 80% or more of the eligible points and score the highest in their category.

“The awards competition serves to raise the level of construction standards throughout the industry by recognizing the workmanship of those who contribute and by showcasing the results of their commitment.” – ABC Central Florida.

Stark Tech’s Integration Team at mc2 has worked with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) for over 30 years to upgrade and enhance its energy management systems and integrations.

Stark Tech’s Integration team partners with public and private sector end users and property owners to customize Building Automation and Controls Systems, Security and Protective Systems, Structured Cabling Systems, and Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Contracts.

“Service is at our core, and we are committed to being responsive, reliable partners to our customers,” said Roy Hoffman, Vice President of Business Development for Stark Tech’s Southeast region. “We are honored and proud to be recognized for our continuous work in helping our customers achieve their energy efficiency goals.”

Learn more about Stark Tech: https://www.starktech.com/

Stark Tech Evaluates, Develops Solar Roadmap in New York State

Stark Solar Development Map

IMAGE: Example of a site feasibility map completed in New York State

Stark Tech’s clean-tech solutions and project management team works with federal and state agencies to plan solar development projects that advance clean energy goals and reduce future municipality costs.

New York State, for example, has an initiative called Clean Path New York, which is focused on solving complex challenges that meet New York State’s ambitious climate goals. New York State’s Solar Guidebook, developed by NYSERDA, can be used by municipalities to seek solar energy developers that wish to lease land, install, own, operate and maintain solar photovoltaic energy systems.  

Stark Tech’s team has developed a suite of site identification/qualification tools that have been used to assist private and public sector clients to evaluate potential solar projects across areas as large as an entire state. The technology has been deployed in multiple regions throughout New York, Virginia and elsewhere. The result of the analysis is a project development funnel that is more likely to lead to project sites suitable for development than can be obtained by using more traditional strategies. From there, Stark Tech’s solar development team has demonstrated capabilities in providing a host of supporting services ranging from owner’s engineer, to construction management, asset management and operations/maintenance.  

“We have found that working with our project partners, including state and federal agencies, we can create roadmaps for future project development efforts that will ultimately save on siting costs  and ensure the efficacy of future solar power integrations,” said Rob Moyer, Executive Vice President of Stark Tech’s Integrated Solutions Team. “The more effectively we can qualify projects on the front end , the greater success that project owners and developers will have constructing and maintaining their solar power assets.”

As a company that specializes in clean technology integration, Stark Tech works with developers to optimize the deployment of existing and emergent clean energy technologies in the marketplace.

For more information, visit starktech.com

Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities in the Healthcare Space

Critical Power Should Not Be a Life of Death Decision.

Technology in the healthcare industry is rapidly advancing each day with groundbreaking digital technologies that improve the way healthcare professionals communicate with, monitor, and treat patients. Amid a global pandemic, technology acted as a bridge between doctor and patient through remote patient monitoring and telehealth services, completely changing the standard of patient care today.  

However, as the use of electronic healthcare services and digital technologies continue to increase, so too does the risk of cybersecurity breaches and ransomware attacks. As network engineers operate on the front lines of cybersecurity warfare, power availability and secure remote connectivity must be a foundation of resiliency for these concurrent digital technologies to transform the healthcare experience. 

Negative Impact on Technology on Healthcare Cybersecurity 

In 2021, 66% of healthcare organizations were hit by ransomware attacks – up from 34% in 2020, according to a report done by Sophos1. The average cost of a healthcare data breach is roughly $10 million, according to IBM Security’s annual Cost of a Data Breach Report2.  Healthcare organizations rely heavily on instant access to data like patient records from a variety of sources, therefore any sort of delay, power failure, or dropped IT load could have major, and even life threating impacts on patient health.

So, how can healthcare organizations implement concurrently maintainable power architectures and asset management best practices into a reality while also safely protecting critical patient data, and in return, patient lives?

Ensure your Power is Resilient. Secure your Data. Protect your Patients.

The healthcare business model is starting to shift focus more towards patient experience and wellbeing. With this model in mind, healthcare providers are encouraged to share information across a vast network of providers involved in patient care, opening up system vulnerabilities like never before. With a growing reliance on digital healthcare services, the need for a secure, adaptable, and always available power infrastructure is critical.

Upgrading power infrastructure to support next generation healthcare technologies increases a healthcare organization’s security, reliability, and resiliency. Selecting the right equipment for power distribution and protection, backup power, and remote monitoring and management is key so that operations never go down and systems run with maximum energy efficiency.

Just as these groundbreaking technologies provide us with data to improve the way we diagnose, monitor, and treat patients, critical infrastructure like power distribution, control, and monitoring systems provide us visibility and data-driven insights to improve security, performance, and efficiency within your healthcare facility.

Stark Tech specializes in mission critical applications, working together with healthcare leaders and engineers to design and implement customizable hardware, software, and professional services to meet a client’s specific needs. Stark’s Critical Power team works with our customer base to maximize operational, deployment, and lifetime efficiencies of critical power equipment. Our mission is to optimize business continuity, simplify regulatory compliance, and most importantly, protect occupants and assets. When paired together with local support and service, our comprehensive critical power capabilities create a unique customer experience.

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Sources:

  1. The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2022, A Sophos Whitepaper. May 2022
  2. Cost of a Data Breach 2022 Report, IBM 2022

University of Rochester Repurposes Vacant Retail Facility, Expanding Surgical and Outpatient Care

Industry: Healthcare

Project Profile: The University of Rochester is one of the world’s leading research universities with more than 3,000 faculty, 12,000 students, and 30,000 staff. The University, founded in 1850 and located in Western New York, prides itself on its mission to “Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better.”

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian, and nonprofit research facility with about 30,000 people dedicated to scientific research. In early 2020, after a Sears department store within the Marketplace Mall in Rochester, NY closed, the University purchased the roughly 330,000 sq. ft campus to build one of the largest and most comprehensive ambulatory orthopedics facilities in the United States. The new facility will consist of procedure rooms, patient rooms, offices, and minor operating rooms.

The project is estimated for completion in Fall 2022 and is the largest capital project in University of Rochester history. The facility will combine ambulatory surgery with other essential services in one convenient spot. The University chose this location because it is centrally located and easily accessible from major highways and public transportation.

Challenge: Renovating the former Sears building has its benefits, including the essential infrastructure that is already in place for the building shell. However, retrofitting work presents challenges as well. For instance, because the building already has an established framework, our Equipment team needed to work with the engineers to custom design air handling units to fit within the current structures.

Balancing lead times of the equipment also required continuous communication between the construction team to schedule and budget workloads accordingly.

Stark Solution: Stark Equipment, a subdivision of Stark Tech, worked with the engineers on the project to custom design air handling units by Air Enterprises for the facility. These units are all aluminum construction with extremely low leakage, below 0.5% leakage, which significantly increases energy efficiency. This is because the AHU fans don’t have to overcompensate for loss of air flow. These units typically last around 40-50 years.

Having strong relationships with our manufacturers was key for scheduling this project. Both communication and flexibility led to a successful installation and start up. Along with that, our Service team was available to assist with the rigs and pull together of the AHUs. They performed the pressure tests and handled the factory trained start-ups.

The Technology:  

  • Nine Air Enterprises Air Handling Units
  • Vertiv Liebert Units
  • DriSteem Humidification Grids. 


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The Stark Integration team, consisting of industry certified Professional Audio and Visual professionals, offers a full array of professional audio/visual solutions from networked A/V systems, public address, mass notification, and intercom systems, to digital clocks, assisted listening devices, and sound masking solutions. With access to a range of manufacturers and equipment, our Pro A/V team can provide full design and installation services for any type of facility.


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Lisa Polizzi hired at Stark Tech to Lead Executive Communications

Lisa Polizzi - Stark Tech Lead Executive Communications

Stark Tech recently expanded its executive team and the board of directors to support initiatives and bring outside governance to the company. To ensure communication and alignment from the top down, Lisa Polizzi has recently been hired by Stark Tech to serve in the role of Executive Communications Manager and Board Liaison.

A native of the City of Buffalo, Lisa spent over two decades as an award-winning broadcast journalist, working in the Buffalo, Kentucky and Maryland markets. Her most recent leadership position in the local television industry was news director at WIVB-TV in Buffalo.

Lisa has 14 years of experience as a manager, with her previous roles including time spent on strategic planning, writing and editing online and broadcast content, managing short-term and long-term budgets, and supervising over 50 employees.

She has extensive experience in hiring, recruiting and training employees. Her most recent employment included overseeing the creation and development of unique news programs and ensuring the establishment of WIVB-TV as Western New York’s news leader for televised and digital local news content. She also provided guidance and direction to an entire newsroom during the global health pandemic that altered the day-to-day operations of the entire company. Her dedication to her work included the installation of a culture of innovation and creativity.

“Lisa will play a key role in ensuring corporate alignment, working directly with me, the executive team, and our board of directors,” said Tim Geiger, President of Stark Tech. “Her extensive background in communications will be leveraged as we achieve our strategic goals and initiatives.”

Lisa’s community contacts spread far and wide throughout Western New York, including several established relationships with numerous non-profit organizations.

“I am passionate about community service, particularly volunteer work,” said Polizzi. “My deep interest in networking and interacting with others to help solve problems has allowed me to have some incredible hands-on experiences with various organizations. I look forward to continuing that type of work in my new role with Stark Tech and know that my desire to always improve my workplace and community make me an ideal fit for this unique position with an outstanding company.”

A graduate of Buffalo State College, Lisa is currently a student in Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication and the Whitman School of Management. She expects to earn her degree by the end of 2022.

Benefits of Investing in Protective Systems in Schools

Benefits of Investing in Protective Systems in Schools

School administrators and staff have many priorities, and no doubt safety is at the top of the list. An increase in crime and violence on school campuses across the country have once again pushed security and protective measures to the top of every school district’s priority list. Unfortunately, in today’s world, locking doors and having an on-site security staff may not be enough to protect students and staff during emergency situations. Security cameras and CCTV, access control, visitor management, and emergency notification systems are all critically important in providing a reliable, first line of defense for school districts.

Access Control

Most school campuses have outdoor areas like playgrounds, laboratories, and athletic fields, and almost all school buildings have at least two points of entry. Having the proper hard and software technology is critical in protecting students and staff throughout the day, no matter where they are. Access control and visitor management systems are the first line of defense for keeping unauthorized personnel off of school grounds. However, adding security cameras and CCTV offers an extra layer of protection. Often vulnerable access and entry points can now be monitored and observed in real time, significantly decreasing emergency response time.

Crime Prevention

Whether it be violence, theft, or drug/vaping device usage, security cameras and chemical detection systems are effective measures to mitigate unwanted and/or illegal activities on school grounds. When strategically integrated and installed on the school’s campus, including entrances and high-risk areas like parking lots and outside restrooms, these mechanisms can be used to monitor, alert, and investigate incidences that may occur. When installed in plain sight, these solutions can also act as a deterrent, preventing incidences from happening at all.

Student and Staff Safety and Comfort

Security cameras provide 24/7 monitoring in high-risk areas where harassment and/or bullying often occurs, granting students and staff an extra sense of security throughout the school year. Additionally, if allegations of incidents are made, evidence can be pulled from recorded footage to confirm allegations, or prove innocence, and provide additional information to determine appropriate repercussions.

Emergency Situations

In the case of an emergency such as a natural disaster, fire, storm warning, or an active shooter situation, automated public address and notification systems can enhance the school’s ability to react and respond quickly. Communicating efficiently and effectively will improve the chances of a safe, calm, and timely response by both internal and external personnel (such as law enforcement). In turn, parents can feel a sense of relief that if an emergency situation were to occur, their children are in a safe and secure environment.

School districts face emergencies almost every day, whether it is mental health emergencies, weather related, bullying related, or even violence related. No matter the event, effective, timely communication is key. Being prepared, alert, and armed with technology that helps identify and prevent risks is incredibly important for keeping students, teachers, and staff safe and protected.

One solution alone may not be enough. It takes early prevention, open communication, on-site coordination, and fast emergency response to keep our youth safe and focused on learning. Stark Tech is a master systems integrator, customizing solutions that help improve communication and safety campus wide.

For more information or to schedule a meeting, contact marketing@starktech.com

Stark Tech Capabilities & History Align with Legislative Backing for Grid Infrastructure, Decarbonization, and Semi-Conductor Production

Energy Integration Industry

For Immediate Release: The United States Legislature recently passed two key pieces of legislation to overcome challenges that are aftereffects of the long-term infrastructure build up in the energy integration industry, economic impacts from past and current recessions, and from production shortages caused by the pandemic.

The CHIPS and Science Act, signed into law at the end of July, and The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law this past week, are programs that aim to strengthen the economy with domestic sourcing of key components, funding for clean energy manufacturing and recycling, energy efficiency projects, and to help lower utility bills through more efficient building codes.

The CHIPS Act offers up to 25 percent in tax credits, totaling more than $55 billion in tax incentives, for microchip plant construction. This program is intended to overcome microchip shortages that have occurred in recent years causing supply chain issues across multiple industries. These policies are expected to make an historic recovery in manufacturing, adding 642,000 manufacturing jobs domestically.

The Inflation Reduction Act, among other programs, backs decarbonization and energy efficiency initiatives for residential, commercial, and industrial applications with $369 billion in energy security and climate change programs over the next 10 years.  The purpose is to boost the decarbonization of all sectors of the U.S. economy through technology and innovation.

The Act funds innovation in the following ways:

  • To migrate from fossil fuel production towards renewable natural gas & clean hydrogen production
  • Grid infrastructure modernization to support influx of electric vehicles, including energy storage systems and components
  • Grid infrastructure modernization for integration of renewable energy applications, addressing intermittency issues and load congestion during peak usage hours
  • Compression Equipment designed to remove, use, or sequester carbon oxide emissions
  • Re-equipping industrial and manufacturing facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%
  • Recycling of critical materials

Stark Tech, which serves a national customer base, is headquartered in Buffalo, NY, a city that was once a key contributor to the industrial revolution, which, while good for innovation, damaged the environment with greenhouse gas emissions. Through an acquisition strategy that both grows the company, expands capabilities with reputable technology and service providers, and enhances technical expertise, Stark Tech has been helping commercial and industrial building owners achieve their energy efficiency goals since 2013. In addition, Stark Tech’s capabilities are used to overcome skilled trade shortages, provide the necessary technology to aid in grid infrastructure modernization, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and measure and report on the successes and shortcomings of investments made by the end user.

“Power management continues to be a growing focus of our business. We recognized, long before these Acts became law, that our customers are negatively impacted by an increasingly unreliable grid. Our mandate is to keep buildings and businesses aligned with their missions, which may include designing and implementing quality parts, keeping assets running efficiently and smoothly through automation and dynamic commissioning, minimizing unplanned downtime of assets through 24/7 monitoring, and improving efficiencies across the board,” said Tim Geiger, President of Stark Tech. “We continue to make investments needed to be a one-stop-shop for our customers, so that we can act quickly in an ever-changing environment.”


Stark Tech is a leader in optimizing facilities and power sources, aligning technology with real world experience across a broad portfolio of capabilities. Stark is a single source for turnkey, comprehensive tech solutions for master systems integration, equipment, & renewable energy

Stark Tech Expands Board of Directors with Mergers and Acquisitions Expert

Mergers and Acquisitions Expert

Buffalo, NY – Stark Tech, a leader in facility and energy optimization, has recently expanded its board of directors. Included in those additions is Paul DellaNeve, Vice President of Corporate Development for Moog Inc., as Mergers and Acquisitions Expert.

Paul DellaNeve

Paul joins the board to bring outside expertise and leadership in streamlining processes for new mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a key player in Moog’s success as a $2.9B public company. Paul established Moog’s Corporate Development function that moved away from ad hoc acquisition methods to a better focused set of M&A processes, expanding M&A beyond acquisitions to include partnerships and encourage collaboration.

“Paul’s experience in mergers and acquisitions, and process standards will be incredibly helpful as we develop our own standards and processes as we grow through mergers and acquisitions,” said Tim Geiger, President of Stark Tech. “With each acquisition, we do it a little better, but under Paul’s guidance, we can create a process that brings new companies into the Stark family and build on the excitement of joining our great company and the amazing talent that we have in house. We’re stronger together, and we want to make sure each new team gets onboarded the right way from day one.”

Stark Tech offers turnkey solutions to the building services and renewables industries. This year, Stark’s board made the decision to expand its capabilities to include clean-tech solutions in response to new regulatory guidelines and government incentives pushing renewable integration. Stark Tech implements solutions that help stabilize the power grid, so the lights “stay on” when the power goes out.  For more information, visit StarkTech.com