It’s That Time of Year – Our Summer Spec Product Show!

Summer Spec Product Show. Last week we had a blast hosting our Summer Spec Product Show,
where we demonstrated how to mix cutting-edge technology with architectural and decorative solutions that also meet local codes. Thanks to everyone who was involved – we had a great turn out from the specifications community, and the nine manufacturers who participated in our event impressed the crowd with their products and knowledge.

We also held two CEU courses (one being AIA accredited) during the program.  Our first course was an AIA accredited CEU presentation, lead by yours truly (Brian Rhea). The presentation was called Specifying Architectural Lighting and Controls with Confidence. Over lunch, we covered everything from specification language for LED products, all the way to reviewing design challenges and problem-solving.

And back by popular demand… Danny Cortez led his infamous training on Title 24 2016. He covered the changes in the 2016 commercial code and made sure attendees had the information needed to ensure their projects comply.  It was all a great series of events blending learning with thoughtful discussion.

A big thank you to all our wonderful attendees for helping make our event so successful and the best one to date!  Shout out to Acuity Brands, A-Light, Artemide, Lauren Illumination, LEDRA Brands, Pinnacle Lighting, Spec Grade, Targetti | DuraLamp and UltraLights for their time, product displays and insightful information.

Stay tuned for announcements on future events we will be
holding.  I can assure you, you won’t want to miss what we have planned for our valued partners!  Also, be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) for updates on future events, training and education, and product updates.


Meet The Team: Greg Cresto

This month’s Meet the Team Q&A is with Greg Cresto, or as we call him here at SDLA, ‘Craig Fresco’.  Greg is one of our awesome programming and controls technicians. If you’re looking for someone with a keen understanding of technology and programming, Greg is your guy. When he isn’t mastering programs and controls in the San Diego area, you can find him in the outdoors or spending time with his niece and nephew. Let’s get to know more about Craig… ehem errr, I mean GREG!

 Q: How did you get started in the industry?

GC: Originally, I’m from California but I moved around quite a bit. I graduated with a degree in computer information systems, but it wasn’t until I was living in Texas when I had a family friend who knew I was looking for a change.  He connected me with Danny Cortez and we just hit it off from there. I moved back to California and have been working with SDLA for almost three years now.

 Q: What do you like best about the culture at SDLA?

 GC: Here, we work with a young, fun group, which makes coming to work really awesome.  I often get in trouble for being a little too much of a “social butterfly” or as Danny calls me a “time stealer” because whenever I come into the office I walk around and talk to everyone, usually not work-related.  We all get along well and do a lot together outside of work, like go to happy hours and play on a softball team. Like any family, we have our moments, but at the end of the day we are all really close, and that what helps us deliver impeccable service to our clients.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

 GC: The best part about my job is being able to go out to different sites and see the projects we do from start to finish. I get to meet with different contractors to go over the project, make sure they understand what’s required and then once everything is installed, I go back and program it. I recently received my CALCTP/ATT certification, so now I can both program and certify jobs for Title 24. The concept of watching everything come full-circle is incredibly rewarding!

 Q:  What’s your most memorable project? Alpine

 GC: Definitely the Alpine Library project. There was a lot of time that went into making sure we got this right.  Not only was it a county project but it was going to be the first Net Zero building in San Diego County. The other thing that made it unique was that we were integrating it with BACnet/ip, which is the latest in data communication protocols for building automation. It was refreshing to do some things a little different, but also challenging at the same time. Even though Danny and I made A LOT of trips to Alpine, it was all worth it and was a great learning experience that has helped us tremendously in many jobs since.