Posts Tagged ‘building technology’

Top Building Technologies For Schools

Friday, July 12th, 2024

School districts are always looking for new ways to improve the safety, security, and comfort of the buildings for students and staff. Building technology integration plays a crucial role in creating a safe and engaging learning environment. With new technologies and building automation upgrades, schools can plan ahead for the safety and quality of their building for students and staff for years to come. 


Fire alarm and life safety systems are essential for fire detection and life safety needs throughout school buildings. Auditing and reviewing these systems every 10 years or so is important to ensure they are meeting your facility’s needs and you are utilizing the latest technology available to keep your schools safe. Intelligent fire alarm control panels provide early warning capabilities, allowing for quick response and evacuation during emergencies. With features such as easy-to-use panels, mass notification systems, and graphical user interfaces, schools can ensure the highest level of safety for students and staff. 


Advanced security systems, including video surveillance, intrusion systems, and access control, can help monitor and control access to school premises. This building technology can integrate into existing systems, or schools can undergo complete security upgrades during the summer. Integrating these technologies can further improve the safety of schools by connecting to lockdown systems and access control technology for emergencies. Many schools are implementing additional access control measures, including badging, visitor management, mobile credentials, and building lockdown integration with these systems. Individual classrooms as well as entire wings of a campus can have access control measures, keeping every student safe wherever they may be. 


Effective communication is vital in schools. Robust communication systems, such as intercoms and public address systems, enable clear and efficient communication within the premises. Connecting these communication systems with electronic message boards, monitors, and other mass notification systems is an effective way to distribute messages throughout the school or campus, whether you’re trying to contact an individual classroom or the entire building at once. Moving from analog to digital communication systems can more effectively reach students and faculty during lockdowns, weather events, school announcements, and other communications needs. 


Building automation systems allow schools to have greater control and efficiency over their lighting and HVAC systems, leading to cost effective solutions and comfortable classroom environments all year round. A building automation system integrates smart technology to optimize the usage of lights, heating, and cooling systems throughout the entire school, including individual classrooms. Setting up these systems to operate based on occupancy in a room can reduce operating costs, improve the longevity of the equipment, and assist in your decarbonization initiatives. By utilizing a building automation system throughout each building, school districts can maximize the efficiency, cost, and comfort of running the building, whether it is during peak school hours or the downtime months during summer.  


As schools strive to create safe and conducive learning environments, building technology integration becomes increasingly more important. By integrating the latest technologies into buildings, school districts can enhance the safety, security, and overall functionality of educational institutions. Considering upgrades in the near future? Contact Egan Company’s Automation and Technology team to learn how you can benefit from new technologies.

What is an Intelligent Building?

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

The intelligent buildings that used to seem far fetched and futuristic have arrived. Building automation and system integration provide the “smart” buildings of which dreams are made.


Intelligent buildings improve the building environment by streamlining necessary tasks.  Systems throughout a facility work together to improve the overall accessibility, control, and security of the building. These multidimensional, interactive systems connect the heating and cooling controls, lighting controls, electrical/power distribution, security, occupancy, and emergency/safety systems, while monitoring energy consumption, predicting maintenance needs, and providing continual recommissioning to keep your facility operating as well as the the day the doors first opened. Building intelligence is easy to use on-the-go, often tablet driven by the end-user, on- or off-site.


This level of building intelligence allows you to manage your building with ease. It works one step ahead to accommodate the needs of a facility and those within it. It systematically meets the necessary demands required to provide convenience, comfort, and security.

Egan’s building automation team specializes in providing technology systems for the future. From network design and management to system integration and control, our team is ready to introduce you to your most innovative project yet. In-house engineers use the latest technology to customize the best solution for your facility. Our complete offering caters to wherever you are in the process, whether that begins from planning and engineering a new system or upgrading your existing system.


Building Optimization with an Intelligent System

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept of connecting the computing equipment and smart devices within one location with other locations and equipment across the world—providing a giant network of connected devices and objects into one centralized hub. It’s possible to connect something as small as a light bulb to something as big as an entire building’s operation. These concepts aren’t new, but have taken time to come to fruition. Due to advances in technologies, ease of implementation, and a higher return on investment, this is quickly changing.

Advanced Monitoring, Maintaining, and Reporting

Schneider Electric recently introduced EcoStruxure Building Advisor, an intelligence system for buildings. As an integrator, Egan Company implements this system and provides consultations to facility managers. Building Advisor can provide:

  • Monitoring of equipment failure
  • Insights into energy consumption and mechanical cost-saving initiatives
  • Improved building efficiency by working with an engineering team

In the past, it used to take an experienced facility manager years to understand and optimize building performance. Now, the introduction of this technology makes it possible to gain immediate insights into a building’s inefficiencies, drifts from optimal parameters, and potential equipment failure that can all be used to quickly improve the bottom line, enhance operations, and provide a better working environment.

Typically utilizing the current building automation system infrastructure of sensors and control equipment, EcoStruxure Building Advisor analyzes the operation of a facility and provides the facility manager with detailed information about equipment operation. In addition, this information is scored as to its impact on the energy, comfort, and maintenance of a diagnosed issue. Coupling this information with utility and equipment data, Building Advisor will estimate the current bottom line impact on a deficiency and the potential return on investment for system improvement.

Reducing Operating Expenses for Optimal Experience

Constant monitoring of building expenditures will also reduce costs through early identification of equipment failures or inefficiencies. Monitoring equipment abnormalities will predict likely failure (and provide solutions to fix it before it does). By being proactive in identifying equipment failure, facility managers will reduce downtime experienced by occupants and make for less expensive repair costs and reduced occupant impact.

This technology doesn’t just provide a list of failed equipment and temperatures outside of range, but ongoing access to an energy engineer, working with the facility team to address the issues found, recommend solutions, and provide accountability and support. Continual commissioning of a building is required to maintain peak operation.

Our customers are always looking for innovative ways to reduce operating costs, and if we can cut costs on their monthly utility bill without the expense of tenant comfort, I’d say that’s a win,” said Kirk Wahlstrom, Egan Company Building Automation Manager. “We’ve piloted EcoStruxure Building Advisor at our own facilities and have benefited from the insights. We’re excited about growing this technology to help our customers not only reduce downtime and cost but improve their building’s value.


As technology continues to grow and evolve, facility managers—like the rest of the world—will need to continue heavy investment into IoT. These trends and technologies are here to make our lives easier, comfortable, and more secure.

For more information about EcoStruxure Building Advisor, view this 3 minute introduction video >> or request a demo to explore more about how this technology might be implemented in your facility.

Onsite Training and Development

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

With ever-evolving technology, it is essential for companies to provide employees the tools to improve and enhance skills. Egan Company has built a Technology Center to provide employees a way to grow skills and learn more about popular, and some new, systems used on Egan projects.

Used primarily by engineers and technicians, the Technology Center is a learning environment that includes lab materials for various systems: fire alarm, security, card access, video surveillance, networking, building automation, process controls, and concrete batching. The space is also used as a method for testing a system before installing it at a jobsite.

“The more our employees understand the products and systems we offer, the better they can be at installing and servicing them,” said Jeff Hawthorne, Egan Company Senior Vice President. “With the development of this space, Egan’s leadership team continues to make educating and developing our employees a priority.”


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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

As the popularity of smart building technology increases, Egan Company continually strives to provide customers new and innovative ways to implement this technology in their facilities. Due to this commitment to innovation, Egan was chosen as a Lenel OnGuard value-added reseller.

The OnGuard line of products is a natural fit for Egan and its technology team because of its strong integration capabilities, allowing customers to effectively manage their property and assets. This complete integration allows card access, video, Stentofon intercoms, and building automation and lighting controls to be connected all through BacNET integration standard protocols – meaning that many different systems can seamlessly communicate and interact with one another. This further strengthens Egan’s ability to deliver complete smart building packages to building owners and general contractors.

If you’re interested in learning more about integrating building technology and how Egan can help with the Lenel OnGuard suite of products, please contact