INFRASTRUCTURE

Buildings IOT Implements Smart Building Management System for Thor Equities' 800 Fulton Market Development in Chicago

Buildings IOT | October 21, 2021

Buildings IOT Implements Smart Building Management System for Thor Equities' 800 Fulton Market Development in Chicago
As pressure mounts for building owners to provide safe and healthy spaces for tenants and their employees and customers, Thor Equities Group partnered with Buildings IOT to ensure optimal building health for its new-construction property located at 800 West Fulton Street in Chicago, Illinois. As the Master Systems Integrator for the project, Buildings IOT implemented its onPoint Enterprise platform to deliver an advanced building management solution for 800 Fulton that monitors, reports, analyzes, and provides command-and-control functionality across the property's disparate building systems.

"We are positioning 800 Fulton Market as a technology-first new building offering unique amenities, beyond the norm, to tenants of all types," explained Peter McEneaney, Senior Vice President of Development and Construction at Thor Equities. "We chose to work with Buildings IOT based on their understanding of data from multiple systems including but not limited to HVAC and lighting. The advanced analytics capabilities inherent in Buildings IOT's solutions allow us to easily view building health holistically and make modifications as needed, increasing our tenants' comfort and better serving their needs while also conserving energy and expanding the lifespan of our equipment assets."

The onPoint Enterprise platform from Buildings IOT is a cloud application that addresses several use cases at once for commercial office buildings of all sizes. Within the eighteen-story 800 Fulton building, onPoint links 12 different building systems and integrates more than 8,000 data points from operational equipment and IoT sensors present in every part of the 500,000 square foot space. That data is then analyzed and presented through a single pane of glass to help operators identify issues and implement remediation actions where necessary to keep the building running as designed throughout its life.

"800 Fulton is a visionary project, as the building incorporates several systems that we don't typically see integrated into a building management solution. It is still relatively rare for buildings to install and integrate indoor environmental and occupancy sensors beyond those that typically come in lighting systems. Our system affords Thor's tenants and their employees and customers a safer, healthier, and more comfortable in-building experience."

Brian Turner, CEO of Buildings IOT

With building sensors strategically installed throughout the building and API integrations via onPoint's data translation engine IOT Jetstream, owners and operators can monitor the health of their building and use that information to make strategic decisions backed by current and historical data from a variety of systems. Innovative smart building design features present at 800 Fulton include: smart restroom technology for touchless fixtures and up-to-the-minute reporting on the status of supplies; indoor environmental quality monitoring for common area and amenity spaces; occupancy sensing for high traffic areas; and state-of-the-art mechanical equipment calibrated to prioritize fresh air throughout the building.

800 Fulton is LEED Platinum Certified and WELL Certified, two designations that mark the development as one of the leaders in advancing the efficiency and health of the built environment.

In addition to helping provide healthier indoor environments, smart building systems from Buildings IOT help reduce operating costs, increase the lifespan of building assets, and decrease energy waste and carbon emissions from buildings.

About Buildings IOT
Buildings IOT simplifies smart buildings with software, services, and solutions for every aspect of building management. Command-and-control from a single pane of glass, analytics enhanced by machine learning, and a building-domain-centric data management platform, Buildings IOT delivers smart buildings that live up to the hype. We also design and install building controls and automation systems, offer IT-managed services and device testing for cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and provide data-driven maintenance to some of the world's largest building portfolios. 

About Thor Equities Group
Thor Equities is a leader in the development, leasing and management of office, industrial, laboratory, residential, hotel and mixed-use assets in premier urban locations worldwide. The company operates in major cities around the globe and has a property portfolio totaling $20 billion with a development pipeline in excess of 50 million square feet. Thor has a strong presence on three continents and in addition to its US holdings, the company has assets in European gateway cities including London, Paris, Madrid, and Milan, and is the largest developer in Mexico through its Latin American division with a development pipeline of over 18 million square feet. Thor maximizes returns for institutional investors by recognizing a property's potential, reducing operating expenses, increasing tenant satisfaction, leveraging market trends to maintain a long-term competitive edge.

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We believe that the IoT requires a major change in how established industries do business.
We are convinced that the key to success lies in business and technology ecosystems, not individual
players. That is why Bosch and Bosch Software Innovations take an active role when it comes to
partnerships and activities in OSS communities, standardization bodies, and industry consortia.
Following this IoT strategy, with the Bosch IoT Suite, we are building an open platform for the IoT
market, leveraging open source technologies and open standards.

Spotlight

We believe that the IoT requires a major change in how established industries do business.
We are convinced that the key to success lies in business and technology ecosystems, not individual
players. That is why Bosch and Bosch Software Innovations take an active role when it comes to
partnerships and activities in OSS communities, standardization bodies, and industry consortia.
Following this IoT strategy, with the Bosch IoT Suite, we are building an open platform for the IoT
market, leveraging open source technologies and open standards.

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