By updating a Building Automation System (BAS), McKim & Creed is helping RTI International save energy and create healthy, productive workspaces.
RTI is one of the leading independent, nonprofit research-and-development organizations in the world. Its mission is to improve the human condition. It does this by integrating various disciplines to create trailblazing scientific initiatives. These disciplines include social and laboratory sciences, engineering and international development.
A building automation system links a facility’s various systems, such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, etc. The system then generates data that can be analyzed. From there, companies have the ability to more effectively manage equipment, optimize energy usage, and troubleshoot potential issues. BAS controls give workers more flexibility in how they access and operate the equipment.
RTI’s BAS situation is unique because it covers an entire 15-building campus. The goal is to upgrade to a “smart” campus. McKim & Creed’s solution is twofold: 1) establish a front-end platform that can be standardized, and 2) create a design for existing facilities that can be upgraded to the new standard over time.
McKim & Creed is incorporating state-of-the-art technology into the BAS. This includes such advances as mobile device-ready software, utility analytics for building and sub-building level metering, and automatic fault detection. The new BAS also minimizes the need for multiple platforms.