How Do You Design a Building for the Future?

By Shin Woo Paik, CCNA, LEED AP
Apr 12, 2017 8:00 AM ET

As the building industry changes, architects, engineers, and developers must look forward and plan for the impact of workplace trends and disruptive technology on the commercial real estate industry. So how do you design a building for the future? Our advice: integrate IT services and connectivity infrastructure in the planning process for all commercial developments and redevelopments.

To ensure that buildings under construction today meet the needs of tomorrow’s tenants, Cosentini designs flexible systems with future technologies in mind. Cosentini’s IT group designs integrated building management systems that use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor the building environment and the behavior of inhabitants. These ‘smart buildings’ respond to occupants’ needs and improve tenant experience, but without wireless connectivity and a quality telecom infrastructure in place, this technology cannot be fully integrated into building systems.

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