BUILDING TECHNOLOGY | SMART BUILDINGS
Building large complex structures is time extensive, costly, & highly dependent on large volumes of information exchange. From cutting-edge building technologies to innovative construction methods and better decision-making systems, projects are getting smarter. This necessitates the use of modern construction practices and methods of delivery. The principals of BMM, having recognized the pivotal role of technology in both the construction phase and on-going operational life of a facility, have assembled a team of technology specialists to assist building owners in determining what technologies are appropriate for their specific project.
The construction industry is typically a laggard in adopting technologies or offering technological solutions during the building process. However, technological advancements in construction practices have contributed greatly to the efficiencies of constructing new facilities. This transformation in the construction industry has led to projects that are faster, safer and less expensive when executed properly. Business owners, architects and general contractors need to understand not only how to utilize technology during the construction process but also how to improve overall building operations and enhance the user experience of their tenants’ and customers. While technology can improve the design and construction process, implementation of technology must be part of a broader strategic platform that addresses the increasing adoption of Integrated Building Systems. In other words, buildings that can monitor themselves and make adjustments based on changing dynamics.
In the past, Building Automation Systems (BAS) were highly independent of one another and individually optimized for their specific application. This approach led to redundant infrastructure (& higher capital and maintenance costs) and an inability to share information between systems. The new paradigm rests on the concept of a converged technology platform that leverages a common infrastructure, resulting in the ability for systems to react to certain conditions based on circumstances and feedback from other systems. This allows for greater operational efficiencies, and a reduction of costs associated with redundant infrastructure and maintenance contracts.
Anyone with experience on large-scale construction projects can attest to the fact that technology requirements are typically the last thing addressed. This causes cost & time overruns, reworks, unnecessary headaches, a less then optimal solution, and a final product that is difficult to maintain. Our team can mitigate these issues by meeting with the owner, the architect, and other project team members in the very early stages of design & planning. This allows us to become intimately aware of technology requirements and provide an optimal solution when evaluating and selecting the particular systems and products that will be designed and installed within that project.
The technology professionals at BMM offer this inherently on any projects we manage directly but are also available to consult as an owner’s representative or offer peer reviews on existing projects. We can guarantee that our engagement will result in less time, cost, & headaches, and an optimal platform that allows for a seamless transition into ongoing operational support.