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Massive New York Apartment Complex Installs Building Management System

Honeywell logoHoneywell completed a $2-million smart building retrofit for Spring Creek Towers in Brooklyn, NY. The project will help facility personnel more effectively manage energy use and increase security across the development’s 46 apartment towers and multiple parking garages, retail centers and other amenities.

The improvements include the installation of a centralized building management system (BMS) and local area network (LAN) to improve energy and operational efficiency. The technology also provides the backbone for future enhancements that could span from upgrading access control to optimizing the onsite utility plant, which generates electricity for the entire campus.

As part of the project, Honeywell replaced Spring Creek Towers’ aging alarm system with new sensors in critical areas throughout the apartment towers and associated facilities that can quickly alert operators to doors that should not be open, elevator issues and other concerns. In addition, the system monitors conditions in the central plant and pumping stations that provide hot and chilled water to the buildings.

Engineers also installed utility submeters to provide building managers with more accurate information about energy consumption and help uncover potential improvements. Honeywell Enterprise Building Integrator will tie the alarm and building systems together to give facility personnel a single access point to view and manage all related activity. The building integrator will deliver energy reports for the apartment towers as well, providing in-depth detail on performance trends.

The new facility equipment is connected via a passive optical LAN (POL), a fiber-based solution for enterprise networking. The POL offers converged voice, data and video at gigabit speeds to any Ethernet endpoint. Honeywell says the POL is more reliable than wireless networks, making Spring Creek Towers’ systems less vulnerable to weather-related incidents, such as flooding or strong winds.

Building operators will also use the network for video surveillance and Voice over IP (VoIP), eliminating the need to lease additional telephone and cable lines for these services.

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