For Big Business, Integrated Buildings Do the Work

$2 to $3-s.f. investment reaps big benefits for integrated building and security automation


The system even controls the lighting on the crown-shaped projection jutting from the top of the movie theater.

The company is in the early stages of planning similar services for the mammoth North Carolina Research Campus taking shape in Kannapolis.

Workers there might be able to use touch-screens to have lunch delivered to their desks; visitors can use them to find out about the tenants; and researchers can use the network to share data securely, said Lynn Beckner, chief financial officer of Castle & Cooke North Carolina LLC, the developer of billionaire David Murdock's $1 billion biotech hub.

The system is expected to result in annual savings of $1 a square foot in energy efficiency -- which adds up over 2.5 million square feet, she said. It might also go to the level of monitoring toilet paper in bathrooms.

"I think we're probably forging new ground here," she said. "(Shircliff and Murchison) are unique. There really isn't anyone else in this area who provides the type of value they do."

Intelligent Buildings Founders

TOM SHIRCLIFF

-- Age: 40. -- Education: N.C. State University.

-- Experience: 18 years marketing and selling technology to businesses for companies including BellSouth, BroadRiver Communications and Price Davis Building and Tenant Services.

ROB MURCHISON

-- Age: 36.

-- Education: Duke University.

-- Experience: 14 years in technology and voice data service industries for companies including Automated Business Systems and Cisco.

Leigh Dyer: (704) 358-5058

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