Touring the BTS, One Group at a Time

With the move to our new location in Boston’s Innovation District now over, we’re starting to open our doors to outside groups eager to get a first look at the Building Technology Showcase. Some of our more notable recent guests include:

Harvard University

On April 26th, we hosted our first large group of outside visitors, a delegation of students from Harvard University. For this event, we were joined by Price HVAC‘s Julian Rimmer, who was on hand to discuss his company’s cooling and ventilation products and how they contribute to the building’s overall energy efficiency.

University outreach is an important part of Fraunhofer CSE’s activities; the CSE Fellowship program recruits extensively from local institutions like MIT, Harvard, and Babson, while our technical teams work closely with university researchers on projects for programs like SunShot and Building America.

The Harvard group talks with Fraunhofer staff about the Building Technology Showcase.

The Harvard group talks with Fraunhofer staff about the Building Technology Showcase.

International Conference on Research Facilities

On Wednesday the 8th, attendees of Tradeline’s 2013 International Conference on Research Facilities had a chance to walk through the Building Technology Showcase with representatives from DiMella Shaffer, the building’s architects, and BR+A, the consulting engineers responsible for planning our mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. For attendees — a group that included building owners, contractors, architects, and engineers from major local and multinational organizations — this was a unique opportunity to talk to key members of the Showcase design team, learning about the systems and strategies used to turn a hundred-year-old warehouse into a modern, highly efficient research center.

BR+A's Jonathan Chan gives tour members an overview of the building's HVAC systems.

BR+A’s Jonathan Chan gives tour members an overview of the building’s HVAC systems.

Babson Business School

On Friday the 10th, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of young MBA candidates from Babson Business School who were on-site to present the final report for their BCAP project. BCAP, the Babson Consulting Alliance Program, tasks teams of 5 to 7 first-year students with identifying and analyzing business opportunities at a partner organization. In this case, students collaborated with Fraunhofer CSE employees to investigate commercial opportunities for augmented reality — particularly in the buildings space, where this new visualization tool opens up exciting opportunities for urban planners, architects, and property owners. To prepare their report, the BCAP team interviewed representatives from across the building value chain, ranging from major construction companies to individual architects; their research focused not only on what could be done with the technology, but also on how major players in the space were already using it to unlock additional business opportunities.

Following the presentation, the team was given a tour of the lobby exhibit space, and got a first-hand look at the augmented reality markers currently being developed by CSE’s AR team for the main exhibit areas.

AR Software Developer Paul Girardo demonstrates one of the building's AR markers.

AR Software Developer Paul Girardo demonstrates one of the building’s AR markers.

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I'm Fraunhofer CSE's former Marketing Specialist, having worked at the Center from its founding in 2008 until 2013. In late 2013, I left the clean energy industry to pursue a career in enterprise software.
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