The Security Expert Responsible for the Design of More than 1,000 Washington, DC Metro Area Office Building Keycard Systems Forms Trustrise, LLC

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With three decades of experience as its foundation, Trustrise will serve the owners, developers, and managers of high-rise office and residential properties. Its core mission will lie in enabling its clients to mitigate risk and conserve budget resources by identifying each and every area requiring access control, security, and life safety coverage within the building, while eliminating superfluous items in the design stage.

By keeping the developer’s fiscal welfare front and center, Trustrise offers a unique value proposition.

As the culmination of thirty years of experience in the office building keycard industry, Michael Gauer announced today the establishment of Trustrise. As the founding principal of Trustrise, Mr. Gauer established the new company after decades of designing the system layout and engineering of countless high-profile properties, including 1101 New York Avenue, 101 Constitution Avenue, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Homer Building, International Square, 1601 K Street, and more than a dozen commercial and residential towers at National Harbor, to name only a few.

“I can’t think of anyone who has designed anywhere near that many systems in Washington, maybe even throughout the United States,” remarked Guy Martin, Core Architecture’s principal. One of the primary users of Trustrise’s services will be the architects tasked with specifying these systems for their real estate development

“Mike Gauer is highly regarded in Washington, DC’s real estate community,” added Michael Darby, founder and CEO of DC-based Monument Realty. When the design team meets to discuss the parameters of these systems, the developer is a key voice at the table. Developers have a particular interest in identifying what is essential versus what is overkill and look to trusted advisors in various disciplines to help them make those distinctions.

Steve Bonacci, a principal of the JBG Companies, further explains, “Most rea l estate developers in the Mid-Atlantic bring in one of the ‘usual suspects,’ one of the two companies that sell and install the vast majority of these systems, to provide them a layout so that they can check it off their ‘to-do’ list. By keeping the developer’s fiscal welfare front and center, Trustrise offers a unique value proposition.” Mr. Bonacci oversees property management functions at JBG. The property managers, the members of the development team who must ultimately live with these systems day to day, want to minimize hassle and inconvenience for their staff and especially their tenants.

“I formed Trustrise to fill a need,” said Mr. Gauer. “The owners and managers of high-rise properties deserve to get the best-designed systems without the expensive adders that can drive the prices of these systems through the roof. Moreover, omissions in these systems, if detected before they’re installed, can help to mitigate significant risk. Prestigious tenants demand the very best security and life safety in the world we live in.”

Trustrise will be headquartered in the District of Columbia. It will focus primarily on well-established real estate developers and managers who want superior access control and security design, competitive bid review, and independent verification of implementation.

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