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Computrols Inc.

4000 MacArthur – Siemens Integration

Location4000 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92660
Technical Details2 ten-story buildings, 375,000 sq. ft.
Project TypeIntegration
Controls ContractorComputrols
ObjectivesBring in data from current points to better control HVAC and reduce energy consumption.
Decision Drivers20 to 30 hot/cold calls per day from tenants. Lack of control and ability to save energy.
Installation DateAug-16
Siemens
4000 MacArthur is a Class A office facility located in Newport Beach, CA. The facility consists of two, ten-story buildings totaling 375,000 rentable square feet, situated within the 179-acre Koll Center at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Jamboree Road.
Before Computrols started the project, the buildings’ owner was frustrated with the lack of control they had over the current building automation system. Despite having a service contract, the building was still running inefficiently. Providing a comfortable and healthy working environment had become a daily challenge due to the lack of the data and histories provided by the existing system. Subsequently, the building engineers were receiving between 20 and 30 hot/cold calls per day from tenants.
Rather than replacing the system in its entirety and starting from scratch, Computrols integrated to the existing system utilizing our flagship Computrols Building Automation Software (CBAS) and X-line controllers. This integration solution enabled Computrols to communicate to the existing proprietary controllers.
Unlike other building automation systems, the Computrols’ platform automatically polls all points at all times providing continuous real-time data. More importantly, the system saves this data so that it can always be referenced. This level of resolution provides invaluable feedback to the building operators. Operators can utilize this data to develop strategies that optimize building functions making for an efficient, healthy, and comfortable working environment.
The Computrols team that completed the project did not simply install the system and leave; they arrived early and stayed late nearly every day in order to gain a better understanding of the buildings’ operations at different times of the day. The team completely reprogrammed and recommissioned both buildings. As a part of the reprogramming process, the team collaborated with building operators to utilize the insight that was gained through the recommissioning and install process to optimize building operations. Based on the savings already achieved through reducing the properties’ energy consumption, Computrols expects a payback period of fewer than 3 months.
Prior to the system being completely installed, the buildings’ engineering team saw savings based on control strategies implemented by the Computrols team. They also saw their hot and cold calls practically eliminated.
The engineering team has since made optimizations themselves enabled by the simplicity of CBAS and the sheer number of data points they now have access to. The team is now trending data and seeing real-time results.

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280 Trumbull Street

Case 1: 280 Trumbull Street, Hartford, Connecticut

Location:
Located at the corner of Trumbull and Church Street in Hartford’s Central Business District.
Project Description:
280 Trumbull Street is a 29-story Class A office tower located in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Constructed in 1984, the property underwent a full renovation in 1998- 99 with over $2 million in capital improvements. Voted 1999-2000 BOMA Building of the Year, 280 Trumbull Street features the largest Class A floor plates in the CBD.
Total Size:
619,935 square feet
Building Automation Systems:
Computrols CBAS
1400 Smith Street

Case 2: 1400 Smith Street, Houston, Texas

Location:
Houston Central Business District
Building Management Company:
Lincoln Property Company
Project Description:
This 50-story office building constructed in 1983 was formerly the headquarters of Enron, America’s largest natural gas company during the 1990s. One of the icons of the Houston skyline, in the blazing Texas sun it reflects light in all directions.
Total Size:
1,248,841 square-feet
Building Automation Systems:
Computrols CBAS
AOL Campus

Case 3: AOL Campus

Location:
22000 AOL Way, Dulles, Virginia. Dulles, Virginia is an unincorporated area located in Loudoun County, Virginia, part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Project Description:
The 2.2 million square foot master plan includes 12 buildings and seven parking structures, set in a natural landscape.
Total Size:
2.2 million square feet
Building Automation Systems:
Computrols CBAS Energy Management System, Siemens Interface
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