Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Robert McDonough, UTC Climate, Controls & Security President, and Gov. Rick Scott pose for a photo Dec. 17, 2015

Robert McDonough likes to say his company’s technology helps make modern life possible.

For instance, when an employee swipes his or her badge or smartphone on a Lenel badge reader system on entering a building, the lights and temperature in his or her office adjust to the preferred setting.

That’s the kind of technology that will be on display at the 241,400-square-foot UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings complex at Donald Ross Road and I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens, McDonough said. The UTC Climate, Controls & Security president spoke to about 150 business leaders and elected officials at the Business Development Board breakfast at the Kravis Center.

Gov. Rick Scott said he’s probably had more job announcements in Palm Beach County than any other in the state, due in large part to the work of BDB Board President & CEO Kelly Smallridge, Economic Council of Palm Beach County President & CEO Daniel Martell and local elected officials.

“This entire community works together to get things done,” Scott said.

Scott attended the program after announcing the expansion of Boca Raton drug company KRS Global Biotechnology on Wednesday. He thanked United Technologies for choosing Palm Beach County instead of other locations in southeastern states.

Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County and Florida together offered millions of dollars in economic incentives to land United Technologies. The company will bring an initial capital investment of $115 million and result in the creation of 380 jobs. In addition, 70 jobs will be retained.

McDonough reiterated that promise Thursday.

“We don’t take those for granted, and you can be assured we’ll hold up our end of the bargain,” McDonough said of the incentives.

He described Palm Beach County as the perfect fit for the showcase for United Technologies’ brands because of its visibility, transportation and climate suited to demonstrate its air-conditioning technology. A physical plant and chiller room will give a hands-on opportunity for the building community to learn about Carrier Corp.’s commercial offerings.

The badge reader and elevator system can work together to improve the flow of people in a building. Cameras will be able to see when large meetings break to dispatch more elevators to disperse the crowd, McDonough said. There will be a conference space to accommodate more than 350 people.

The center, which will use rainwater harvesting and a solar power system, is expected to have half the energy consumption and environmental footprint of an ordinary building.

This courtesy rendering shows how the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings in Palm Beach Gardens will look when completed.

By Sarah Peters



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