Get the Realcomm Message and See the Messengers Behind Realcomm 2013 — REvolution in Action

Immediately after the first series of amazing speakers (see below), Jim Young and Howard Berger, staged a second volley of industry bona fides that presented the general assembly with case studies of the most forward thinking, progressive, and visionary industry leaders and what the next generation of smart buildings, portfolios, campuses, and communities look like.
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This is the message behind Realcomm 2013: “The journey of the smart building has been a long one. We have gone from single solutions with no integration being applied to one building at a time, to open, interoperable, integrated and IP centric platforms connecting multiple buildings in a portfolio. Many in the industry feel we have now jumped the Chasm in the next chapter of smart buildings and the impact to operations, energy efficiency, sustainability, occupant experience and financial optimization, will be extraordinary.

In order to demonstrate the magnitude of what is going on in the industry, we searched the globe for what we believe are the most forward thinking, progressive, visionary, comprehensive, large scale and relevant examples of this next generation of smart buildings, portfolios, campuses and communities. We believe that these case studies will demonstrate to the industry that we have jumped the Chasm and that Smart, Connected, High Performance and Intelligent Buildings are at the center of a transformational REvolution that will forever change how we manage, operate and use buildings!” Source: Realcomm 2013

Darrell Smith: Director of Facilities and Energy Microsoft. Darrell Smith (Corporate Campus) is the Director of Facilities & Energy for Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities and oversees its 15 million square foot headquarters campus in Redmond Washington. He also manages Microsoft’s Global Center of Excellence for Energy and Sustainability where he is accountable for setting the strategic direction across its overall portfolio. Darrell has 15 years of industry experience in facilities, data center operations and energy management and has worked at Microsoft for four years. Previously, he was the Global Facility Manager for Cisco Systems

John Gilbert: EVP, COO and CTO of Rudin Management Company(Office Portfolio) , which owns and operates 15 million feet of commercial and residential space within the City of New York. John is Chairman of the New York Building Congress Energy Committee and has served on several of Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Committees, including the Mayor’s Energy Policy and Sustainability Task Force, and the Advisory Committee for Broadband Deployment. John also is a member of the New York City Green Codes Task Force: Industry Advisory Committee, Green Light New York, New York City Investment Fund’s Cleantech Sector Group and the Mayor’s Clean Heat Advisory Task Force. He is a Board Member of both the Grand Central Partnership and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and a Trustee of the New York Hall of Science.

Scott Morey: CIO General Growth Properties (Retail – Mall) (Quoted from interview with Chris Saah, President, TecFac) “It’s interesting for me on a couple of levels; when you look at the role technology plays, I think the role itself is changing a lot. Over time when you look at the types of projects we get involved with, and even on a broader basis for some of the people in my peer set, the changes in their roles or expansion of their roles. It’s fulfilling what we predicted years ago, that we were going to become more and more ingrained in the business, not just in the back office, but also the front office. When you take a traditional view from IT , we do the plumbing on the IT infrastructure side. On the project side, whether back office or front office, we do projects and then we move on. Going forward, the historical ownership model is changing.

Here’s a great example: In the last ten years, a lot of people have done something on the energy side to try to reduce that cost. The process is enabled via technology in a pretty automated way: in how many points it connects within an individual asset; in collecting that data; and conducting the analytics encompassing usage and rates.

Traditional thinking was that when you’ve completed a project, you move on to the next one. Our new way of operating is we’re never really done with a project. It’s not like past projects when you go back several years; whether it was doing back office accounting or some kind of reporting or something else, at the end of that task you were effectively done.

The project ownership structure is changing for us, which in turn is changing our responsibilities. We’re becoming more and more ingrained in the operating models. People are looking at us not just for solutions, but they’re looking at us for business answers relative to the project we’re supporting.”

John Leslie: Director of Building and Energy Management Systems MGM Resorts International Department (Hospitality/ Entertainment)

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