Buildings and Leadership: COVID-19 and Beyond
Safety first is a statement that will always ring true – but it is ringing louder than ever in our current climate.
With concerns about the safety of returning to the workplace at the top of mind of employees and employers, the need to create healthier spaces by minimizing (or even eliminating when possible) communal surface touchpoints continues to gain further interest.
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is typically associated with Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Building-Related Illness or general occupant discomfort.
Despite the efforts of many, the server container industry really didn’t gain traction in the data center world.
By their nature, combustion engines and gas turbines are a fire hazard. And a fire caused by one of these essential products could have dire results.
It’s not easy for building owners and operators to stay on top of an evolving pandemic, where guidance can change daily.
Rightly, building operators are focused on getting tenants into commercial office space during the pandemic and preoccupied with important issues, such as social distancing and indoor air quality.
At ESD, the mantra of the Automation Team is “We Live Controls”.
Data centers are expected to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
In the last two months, there has been a lot of movement since our last blog post in response to COVID-19 and returning to work.
Harvard Business Review has found that leaders seeking to build high-performing organizations are often confounded by culture.
By all accounts, artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to be heavily involved in the future of security.
What are the best mechanical system and technology changes for commercial real estate owners and operators to invest in during the pandemic?
During the pandemic, building owners and operators have been looking for guidance on best practices to create the safest-possible office environment when workers return.
Canstruction Chicago is a virtual event this year.
Many decisions need to be made in the design of an energy-efficient supercomputer facility.
Though it’s hard to meet face to face these days, career fairs remain an important way to connect, albeit virtually.
The rules and selection criteria for data center site selection have evolved over the past decade, and the stakes keep getting higher as the number of data centers increase.
Energy use in tall commercial buildings has declined steadily for decades, in part because innovative measures and stricter codes have helped optimize energy performance.
With airborne transmission of the coronavirus possible within buildings, as confirmed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization, it’s a crucial time for owners and operators of commercial office space to take proactive measures to improve indoor air quality.
As employees return to the workplace amid the pandemic, their safety is of the utmost importance.
Lisa Leemans, Certified Public Accountant, has joined ESD as our new Managing Director of Finance and Accounting.
For many years, ESD – an international leader in the engineering design of high-performance buildings, mission critical facilities and workplaces – worked on projects in New York City.
Cohesion, a SaaS platform spun out of ESD to optimize building performance drivers for real estate owners and operators, raised funding from high-profile investors.
Nearly half a century ago, when compasses, drafting tools and pencils filled the office and personal computer screens were but a dream, Larry Dykstra joined ESD.
Given the pandemic, it’s the right time to deploy a state-of-the-art indoor air quality (IAQ) program.
The health, safety and welfare of our community is paramount to ESD.
CREW Chicago is dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate. And its newest member is excited to help CREW achieve its mission.
Chicago passed an energy benchmarking ordinance in 2013 that requires all commercial and residential buildings over 50,000 square feet to report their whole building energy consumption through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to the city on an annual basis.