Smart Building Expertise Helps Companies Create Tech-Enabled Workplaces

JLL Expands Smart Building Expertise to Help Companies Create Tech-Enabled Workplaces- 2/17/17
DeNamur brings 25 years of experience creating integrated building solutions to new JLL roleCHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2017 – When Mike DeNamur began plotting out his career, he was sure it would be as an architect designing high-performance buildings. The architecture path turned into a Mechanical Engineering degree, but the passion for high-performance buildings remained a constant. He will now be using his experience to define and implement integrated building solutions as a new Vice President of JLL’s (NYSE: JLL) Smart Building team.DeNamur comes to JLL with more than 25 years of experience in the commercial building industry, most recently serving as Director of Americas Sales and Marketing with United Technologies’ Building Solutions group. Throughout his career, he’s maintained a strong focus on achieving results from smart, sustainable and high-performance buildings. In his new JLL role, DeNamur will help companies understand how to apply Internet of Things (IoT) technology and smart building strategies to drive business results in commercial and corporate real estate. Darlene Pope“As consumers have become more comfortable using technology to customize other aspects of their everyday lives, we’re seeing an increased demand for similar technology-enabled experiences in the workplace,” DeNamur said. “There is enormous opportunity for organizations as they tap into the built environment to facilitate tailored, high-quality experiences for their employees, clients and visitors.”

Part of a larger strategy involving digital facilities management solutions that respond to changing ways of working, smart building technologies make up a digital ecosystem that provide empowerment through personalization and automation. This new data-driven environment contributes to energy efficiency, optimized space utilization and an enhanced workplace experience.

“As smart building technology expands from the base building systems into the workplace, we are seeing tremendous value and impact on the building occupants – and exponential value to the building owners,” said Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President and Director of JLL’s Smart Building Program. “Mike adds tremendous depth of experience and knowledge about building technologies and system integration and how that translates into value for our clients.” 

Today’s IoT technologies support enhanced workplace solutions, such as personalized temperature and lighting controls, real-time occupancy and location information, wayfinding and mobile apps for the workplace, giving employees more control over their environment. IoT technology embedded into the building infrastructure creates opportunity to create a more personalized and responsive workplace, which can help facilitate greater employee satisfaction and productivity. 

DeNamur earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, has been active in many building performance initiatives and received his LEED-AP credential in 2006. He started his career modelling whole-building design alternates with a focus on energy efficiency in HVAC systems. DeNamur was also deeply involved in the adoption and mainstream application of open building system communication protocols that provide the foundations for today’s intelligent and integrated buildings. 

JLL’s Smart Building Program provides a comprehensive set of services and solutions to help clients develop a holistic strategy for building and workplace technology in order to deliver operational efficiencies, space optimization, and a more productive work environment.