Intelligent Building Systems

Data has become the fundamental currency of business. Data-driven approaches to building operations are providing facility owners with tactical means to inform decisions and quantify impact. Intelligent Buildings – built on the premise of improved efficiency through data management and systems interconnectivity – are leveraging the measurement and controls capabilities of modern building systems to revolutionize facilities management practices and pave the way for “smart” real estate portfolios.

Intelligent Building consultants

The idea of an Intelligent Building, Smart Building, or Connected Portfolio means different things to different people. Therefore, understanding project needs and articulating them clearly among all stakeholders are the keys to success.

  • •  No matter what type of facilities you may have, we have the design engineers and commissioning agents who can evaluate existing conditions in preparation for planning.
  • •  We help clients through the process of evaluating intelligent building systems based on their smart building and smart portfolio needs. We also team with strategy consultants to co-develop a vision that can quickly be put into action.
  • •  Intelligent building projects, whether single-building or portfolio, require specific planning in order to avoid unexpected issues and disappointing outcomes. We bridge program goals with the Owner’s organization as well as design and construction stakeholders to promote alignment.
Field Evaluation/Drawing Review
  • •  We assess existing conditions or design documents to determine gaps between baseline and desired functionality.
Stakeholder Coordination
  • •  We work with cross-functional stakeholders, particularly helping Facilities and IT groups speak the same language.
Generate Designs
  • •  We provide design input to traditional trades to promote open and future-ready systems, improved sequences of operations, and designs for intelligent building systems such as metering, lighting controls, occupancy utilization sensors, etc.
  • •  Division 25 Specifications are produced to describe the scope requirements for integrating building systems, defining stakeholder roles, describe converged network requirements, hardware required for integration and more. Division 25 is an effort stitch together all the traditional system silos and generate value.
Procurement Assistance
  • •  Often, Intelligent Buildings strategies are a challenge to traditional project delivery systems, traditional general contractors and even procurement departments. We assist in identifying the best way to bring implementation strategies to market, oftentimes producing requests for proposals (RFPs).
  • •  Selecting a Master Systems Integrator (MSI) is one of the most critical decisions a project team will make. We assist Owners requesting and evaluating qualifications, proposals, resumes, etc. by contributing qualified bidders lists, reviewing submissions, facilitating interviews, and confirming scope.
Standards Development
  • •  Once an intelligent buildings platform and strategy set has been established, we assist in the creation of institution or enterprise-wide standards to assist the design teams, facility managers and IT departments with future projects.
Performance Optimization
  • •  Utilize trended sensor data, analytics, and improved sequences to improve occupant comfort while addressing efficiency and sustainability goals.
  • •  Utilize ongoing building performance reporting and automated analytics to continuously commission and optimize buildings systems.
Operational Efficiency
  • •  Moving forward, facility managers will need to do more with fewer qualified personnel. Leveraging connected systems, facility maintenance and operations can be more efficient.
  • •  Connected systems allow specialized personnel to better provide oversight and direction to multiple properties.
  • •  Analytics allows better prioritization of projects, moving from disruptive reactive maintenance and wasteful scheduled maintenance to proactive and on-demand maintenance.
  • •  Occupant utilization and other usage data help real-estate and human resources functions to better respond to workforce needs and reduce under-utilized space.
Occupant Benefits
  • •  Facilities used to be a background fixture, but facilities are increasingly expected to respond and adapt to the occupants, meeting their comfort and productivity needs, rather than the occupants adapting to the building.
  • •  Architects and forward-thinking companies are increasingly looking to facilities to enhance occupant productivity, health, and wellness. Research is showing there is not only a human case but a business case. Intelligent strategies help by instrumenting buildings with air quality sensors, providing sophisticated lighting strategies and connecting occupants with facilities departments and property management.
  • •  Smart building systems can often contribute to health and wellness programs by monitoring air quality, increasing comfort and enabling occupants to take an active role in their environment.

Intelligent Building Clients

Georgia Tech

Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent
Associate Architect: The Miller|Hull Partnership, LLC
The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is a living-learning laboratory building comprised of two sixty-four person classrooms, two twenty-four person classrooms, two sixteen person class laboratories, a sixteen person conference room, makerspaces, student collaboration and research space, areas for public gathering, and a 170 person auditorium. This facility will pursue Living Certification for the Living Building Challenge 3.1.

Georgia Tech

Architect: Portman Architects – Core & Shell
Architect: ASD | SKY – Fit-up
Integration of all building automation, lighting control, energy and water sub-metering, and fire alarm and elevator management systems for Coda, a mixed-use, multitenant building housing office space, research laboratories, retail space, and a parking deck. Additionally, a measurement and monitoring plan to support measurement and verification, as well as data trending for dashboard and analytics programs. This project is pursuing LEED Platinum certification.

NCR Corporation Headquarters

Architect: Duda | Paine Architects, LLP
Interiors Architect: Gensler
Associate Architect: HKS, Inc.
Intelligent building systems for a 495,000 square foot headquarters building and a 165,000 square foot office building at a separate location. The headquarters also includes a 285,000 square foot parking deck.

New Orleans BioInnovation Center

Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Associate Architect: NBBJ
Offering support and guidance to emerging biotechnology companies commercializing technologies primarily derived from New Orleans-based universities, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center provides tenants with wet laboratories, office space, and meeting and conference spaces. Intelligent building systems deployment includes an integrated building management system normalizing data from building automation, facility metering and lighting control systems. Deployment also consists of automated analytics, fault detection, and diagnostics platform.

Federal Reserve Bank

Integrated Building Management System master plan to provide a single facility operations command center in the Atlanta headquarters that facilitates managing the Atlanta headquarters and the Branch bank locations in Jacksonville, Miami, Birmingham, and New Orleans. Systems that were included in the integration plan include building automation, lighting control with facility-wide occupancy sensors, power monitoring systems, security and elevator management systems.

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Patient Tower Expansion

Architect: Perkins+Will
Expansion of a six story hospital for a two patient floor, 104 bed addition. The project includes HVAC infrastructure, sized and configured to serve two future patient floors, and the replacement of a proprietary type building automation system throughout the tower with an open platform type system. Phased construction enabled the first half of the new patient floors to be occupied while the second half was completed.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Integrated Building Management System master plan to provide a single facility operations system, unified on the enterprise network, supported by the internal IT group, and provide operational savings in both facility maintenance and energy reductions.

Charles R. Drew Charter School Senior Academy

Architect: Perkins+Will
Integrated Building Management System master plan to include sustainability and operational dashboard and automated analytics and fault detection diagnostics systems for the Charles R. Drew Charter School’s Senior Academy serving 375 middle school students and 600 high school students. The building includes classrooms, career technology laboratories, science laboratories, chorus and band rooms, a cafeteria, a performing arts center, and a gymnasium. This facility is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

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