Lunchtime Learning: How to Build a Smart Building (by Arup)

  • Date

    Wednesday, February 10 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


This course explains how the life cycle process of a building needs to evolve, in order to achieve a ‘Smart Building’. From inception through operation, we must change the paradigm of commodity-style delivery in ways that leverage both current and latest technical capabilities. In order to enhance and transform the operations, services, and experiences a building can deliver, we must insert a ‘Smart Process’ to ensure that initial aspirations become a working reality.


Learning Objectives:

  1. At inception/concept: Understand ‘use cases’, how we define them and how we find them.
  2. During design: Understand how the owner and design team structure of roles and responsibilities need to adapt a new ‘digital’ theme.
  3. During construction/closeout: Understand how the bid process needs to move away from the commodity procurement/installation approach and create new commissioning roles.
  4. During operation: Explain how facilities management needs to adapt to new ways of operation and experiential demand of occupants.



Chris Taylor: Associate and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Consultant in Arup’s Washington DC office. Chris is an expert in the design and review of structured cabling systems, networking equipment, wireless access systems including, Wi-Fi and cellular services. Chris’s primary focus for clients is to develop technology systems strategies that align and promote the business and operational goals of the organization to enhancing their success and the user experience.

Nick Lawrence: Associate in Arup’s Chicago office focused on technology systems for the built environment. Nick brings diverse project experience with intelligent building systems, technology infrastructure, software/platform development and enterprise information technology. His work on commercial buildings, mission critical facilities, educational campuses, and mixed-use developments, providing project, budget and contract management, technology design and consulting, gives him a well-rounded perspective on methodologies for implementing technology in both new and retrofit projects.