PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida — One of the largest providers of building technologies today officially opened the new UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings – a state-of-the-art innovation and technology experience center, modern and connected work space for 500 employees, and environmentally sustainable building designed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Platinum standards. The building serves as the global headquarters for UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a leading provider of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems, and a unit of United Technologies Corp.
“The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings is more than a world headquarters for our business – it’s the embodiment of our commitment to our customers,” said Bob McDonough, president, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. “This building was designed specifically to show our global customers exactly what is possible in the building technology space. That’s why we’ve chosen to openly display critical building technologies that are typically hidden in basements, closets and on rooftops. These solutions are vital to productive, safe and secure indoor environments, and our new building is a celebration of the modern life they enable.”
Employees working in the building today – and those filling the 100 new jobs expected to be created in Florida by 2021 – will benefit from the same advanced technologies. The Center is designed to indoor air quality conditions found by Harvard University researchers to double occupants’ cognitive function test scores compared to a conventional building environment. In addition, employees will have access to a custom mobile app that will enable access to the building, control the temperature and lighting in their workspaces, and help them find their next meeting through wayfinding capabilities. Further, the office space is also designed to be open and collaborative, incorporating employee feedback and expert guidance to deliver the kind of workplace our employees want and one that best fosters innovation.
The 224,000 square-foot UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings meets the highest standards for green design and operation. UTC is seeking LEED Platinum® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council® for the facility, which boasts a number of efficient and environmentally responsible technologies that reduce energy and the consumption of water and carbon dioxide on an annual basis.
Featuring innovative products, integrated systems and interactive displays from UTC brands such as Carrier, Otis, Automated Logic, Chubb, Edwards, Kidde and Lenel, the building offers a top-of-the-line briefing center and conference facility to ensure all customer visits are productive and collaborative from start to finish.
As part of its commitment to building strong communities in the areas where its employees live, work and play, UTC Climate, Controls & Security also announced the donation of $500,000 to support the construction of a new Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Teen Center in Belle Glade, Florida. The state-of-the-art career readiness facility will include technology training and more to support hundreds of children daily as they transition from middle to high school and then on to a career.
“From the moment we broke ground on the building, we’ve looked for ways to give back to this community that we now call home,” said McDonough. “Whether it’s through the contribution of high-efficiency Carrier air conditioning units to Habitat for Humanity, the donation of Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to local fire departments, or now this donation to the Boys & Girls Club, we’re proud to be building possible for our community.”
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