District Center in Washington, D.C.Rises Above the Rest: JLL, Distech Controls and SmartBT Deliver a Connected Building Solution for Iconic Office Building

District Center in Washington, D.C.

[WASHINGTON, June 11, 2019] – Distech Controls, an innovation leader connecting people with intelligent building solutions, and Smart Building Technologies, LLC (SmartBT), today presented the JLL Smart Building team with the “Unified Project of the Year” award for its work transforming District Center in Washington, D.C. to a connected building that elevates the occupant experience. Given every two years by Distech Controls, the award singles out the commercial building project that best leverages connected lighting technology and intelligent building solutions.   District Center, located at 555 12th Street, NW in the heart of D.C.’s historic downtown, was completed in 1998. Now 20 years later, the property, encompassing an entire city block, has received a modern update from building owner MetLife Investment Management via JLL, a leading real estate services firm, to meet the demands of current and future business tenants. “District Center is a true demonstration of the capabilities and possibilities of a connected building,” said Martin Villeneuve, President of Distech Controls. “JLL was eager to not only create a modern and sophisticated experience for the tenants and visitors of MetLife Investment Management, but they also challenged us to help them look down the road and prepare for future needs. They understood the value of a smart, connected facility that goes beyond energy efficiency by transforming a building into a strategic asset. That’s what set this project apart to earn this award.” JLL’s Smart Building team led the project’s design and implementation with a focus on creating a flexible, scalable and resilient smart building platform. “Our clients at MetLife Investment Management recognize that an office building is more than just a place people come to work; it is a tool to improve employee productivity, engagement, innovation, and business performance more broadly,” said Yann Palmore, Vice President of JLL’s Smart Building Program. “MetLife Investment Management wanted to differentiate District Center by using technology and enabling a new suite of digital amenities for their tenants. We developed a platform that achieves these human experience goals while simultaneously driving more efficient and sustainable operations.”  Systems integrator SmartBT completed the retrofit of the nearly 820,000-square-foot property using connected building solutions from the Acuity Brands® portfolio: building management solutions from Distech Controls®, smart lighting systems from Lithonia Lighting® and digital networked lighting controls from the nLight® platform. The resulting IP-based infrastructure and integrated digital technologies made possible by MetLife Investment Management’s investment have laid a network foundation to move the renowned complex beyond a simple space. These new digital amenities take the occupant experience to a new level by providing software via a digital UI for booking rooms and other features. Further enabling the platform provides additional features such as a unified graphical user interface for analytics, insights into new energy metering strategies, indoor location services and more.