UTC-innovation-centreUSA: United Technologies (UTC) is to build an intelligent buildings customer centre to showcase its products and integrated systems.

Those products include Carrier air conditioning, Otis lifts, Chubb security products, Kidde fire safety technologies and Automated Logic building automation systems.

In addition to the innovative technologies to be showcased, the facility at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will itself feature advanced, environmentally responsible building systems and materials. Developed to the US Green Building Council’s LEED standard, UTC says it will be both intelligent and sustainable.

“We envision the UTC Centre for Intelligent Buildings as a destination for the global building community,” said Geraud Darnis, president and ceo, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “As a leader in advanced building products, we have a unique opportunity to offer our customers truly integrated, whole-building solutions. This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a living showcase, providing our customers around the world with the ability to interact with current and emerging technologies in a way that has never been done before,” he claimed.

“We are committed to protecting our natural resources and look forward to developing this sustainable building in a way that is in keeping with Florida’s environmental focus,” said Bob McDonough, chief operating officer, Americas, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.

Located on the I-95 corridor and within close proximity to three major international airports, the preferred Palm Beach Gardens location will be easily accessible for visiting global customers. “This location makes sense for a number of reasons, including its optimal climate for year-round product demonstration, which is ideal for technologies such as Carrier energy-efficient air conditioning systems, as well as a proximity to customers and operations in the Sun Belt and Latin America,” added McDonough.

Additionally, the facility will be located near an existing United Technologies footprint for collaboration opportunities, and the company will receive incentives from the State of Florida, Palm Beach County and the city of Palm Beach Gardens.