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Team Members DHS
Strategy of Things
City of Schenectady
Crown Castle
San Mateo County
University of New Mexico
SRI International
Shulman Rogers
Blueprint Buildings

This set of 15 projects is managed by the Smart Buildings team. This team unites public, private and academic collaborative partnerships to address key aspects in the development, operation and support of Smart Buildings within the municipal environment. These aspects may include supporting deployment of ICT technologies within the municipal environment, interoperability and integration, standards, performance metrics, data analytics and activation, operational autonomy, digital services, and skills and training.

The Smart Building Supercluster (SBSC) serves an important role in the GCTC-SC3 family of clusters as Smart Buildings, as robust connected, experience rich IoT platforms, are foundational to the creation of Smart Cities. Smart Buildings can contribute to the acceleration of smart city infrastructure deployment; enable the development and deployment of broader municipal smart applications; are a launchpad for scalable economic development; entice corporations, job seekers and entrepreneurs to bring their business to the municipality; and increase health, wellness and happiness for workers and citizens.

The technologies within Smart Buildings; the functionality they enable; how they serve municipalities, the community and myriad other stakeholders; and how these buildings integrate and interoperate within smart municipalities is still evolving and to be defined. The purpose of the SBSC is to explore, research and provide guidance with regard to these questions.

Some statistics that advocate for a Smart Buildings focus:

  • In urban settings, 87% of a day is spent inside a building
  • 80% of all mobile usage is inside a building
  • Smart buildings support sustainability and a smart sustainable building can reduce energy usage from 40% to an astounding 70%
  • In certain municipalities, office space utilization is at 48%, leaving much room for smart, flexible space utilization
  • Improved workplace design, lighting, and air quality can lead to an uplift of 30-40% in employee productivity
  • Health, wellness and productivity as supported by the workplace are key trends in corporate human resource management

Both the concept and the reality of developing a Smart Building are relatively new. There are a number of challenges and opportunities facing smart buildings. There is much to experiment with, learn and explore. The SBSC will utilize the collective capabilities of its partners to produce a series of deliverables including a Smart Buildings Blueprint, best practices, guidelines, checklists, and use cases.

SBSC’s launch objective is to create a Blueprint that will address some of these questions. Primary areas of focus at this time are:

  • Communications and Connectivity – Design, deployment and management
  • Smart Cities/Safer Buildings – Public safety that unifies efforts of real property owners and managers with municipal, regional and federal first responders
  • Organizational Productivity – For municipal and commercial organizations, and the impact that has on the design and development of real property
  • Interfacing with Municipal Services and Utilities – Includes communications networks, systems and applications within buildings and between buildings and their environment (city, town, campus)
  • Transportation – Public and private transportation, connected and autonomous, applications and infrastructure

The SBSC collaborative welcomes thought leaders and experts who wish to contribute, and any general questions and requests for information. Please contact Skopek.

SBSC Members: Jeff Booth, DHS; Benson Chan, Strategy of Things; John Coluccio, City of Schenectady; Ronna Davis, Commscope; Yuri Gawdiak, NASA; John Hagerty, ARUP; Rebecca Hunter, Crown Castle; Benny Lee, San Mateo County; Renil Paramel, Strategy of Things; Peter Poolsaar, BlueCatalyst; Mark Reynolds, University of New Mexico; Deborah Shands, SRI International; Jiri Skopek, JLL; Alan Tilles, Shulman Rogers

With Special Thanks for Ongoing Support to: Sokwoo Rhee, (NIST) and Jean Rice (NTIA)


  • Jiri Skopek
    Architect at Jiri Skopek Architects
    Toronto Canada


Buckman Resilience600.jpg CIVIC school HUBS
NSF CIVIC grant to incubate the Federal School Infrastructure Toolkit for more resilience Community services. A pilot program with be developed with the BENSON school district in Portland, and woven into the urban/rural network of the Metro regional emergency response.
Smart-Building600.png IoT and AI based Smart Energy Management System for Smart City
IoT & AI based Smart Energy Management Platform was deployed in public buildings in Suwon City to provide optimal management building facilities, environment, and energy using the urban 3D map and 3D spatial modeling. With the M&V (Measurement & Verification) engine using a standard algorithm, IPMVP (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol) as well as data intelligence technology with deep-learning, the platform can quickly measure energy performance and determine energy efficiency.
KashiwanohaUrbanDesign.jpg Kashiwanoha Smart City Project
The Kashiwanoha smart city project (first described as Kashiwanoha International Campus Town Initiative) is a planned from scratch city project, involving a greenfield smart city vision, situated around Kashiwanoha Campus Station. Kashiwonoha smart city project is a privately-led project, with Mitsui Fudosan as the main developer. It was also the owner the previous owner of the golf course on which construction work of the project were first based. However, Kashiwa city was designated as one of the "FutureCities" by the national government in 2011, making Kashiwanoha new town project eligible for government subsidies.
Portland Infrastructure.png Metro Portland Infrastructure Funding
In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will invest more than $5 billion into Oregon’s infrastructure through more than 100 programs across many state agencies, local governments, and tribes.
OMSI exterior.jpg OMSI Development
The OMSI Consortium is soliciting subject matter experts and qualified vendors to participate in a series of short virtual workshops during the months of October-December 2020, culminating in a Q1 2021 Request for Proposal (RFP) to build a showcase integrated district infrastructure solution to serve the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s 23-acre site with the potential to develop up to 3 million square feet of new, low-carbon, mixed-use construction in Portland’s Central City Plan District. Workshop details will be released to confirmed participants.
ParkroseVillage.jpg Parkrose Community Village
WeShine’s first micro-village. Micro-villages are “transitional shelters”, designed to provide safety, privacy, hygiene, and community to people seeking permanent housing. PCV will include paid staff, lockable sleeping pods, laundry, showers, toilets, fencing, and a community building. Volunteers will help with art, gardening, financial literacy, food, pet care, and medical/nursing needs.
PENN-AVE-DRONE-HERO-BRIDGE.jpg Pittsburgh building portfolio cyber-secure, real-time utility data integration and AI analysis
This project is expanding on a successful 5 building pilot with the City of Pittsburgh to integrate most of the 167 city building’s real-time (15 minute interval) utility and usage data in the BuildFit application and BOSS Controls Smart Plugs. Using visualizations and artificial intelligence algorithms developed at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Architecture (SOA), BuildFit will then provide recommendations for utility savings, sub-metering and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) optimization. The project will also allow for comprehensive support for the Pittsburgh Building Benchmarking Ordinance and Regional Energy Strategy (Power of 32) and 2030 District Challenge to improve energy resiliency and efficiency. Another important feature of the software and hardware components of this project will be defining and implementing the cyber security standards for smart building components and software in conjunction with NIST and other key government agencies. This will also include the first Smart Building/Smart City independent training, testing and certification lab at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Tanner Springs Park.jpg Resilience HUB - East Multnomah
Resilience Hubs are community-serving facilities augmented to support residents and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during, or after a natural hazard event. They leverage established, trusted, and community-managed facilities that are used year-round as neighborhood centers for community-building activities. Resilience Hubs can equitably enhance community resilience while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving local quality of life for our communities. They have the potential to reduce burden on local emergency response teams, improve access to public health initiatives, increase the effectiveness of community-centered institutions and programs.
Resiliance Hubs.jpg Resilience HUB - NIST Guide
Natural, technological, and human-caused hazards take a high toll on communities, but the costs in lives, livelihoods and quality of life can be reduced by better managing disaster risks. Planning and implementing prioritized measures can strengthen resilience and improve a community's abilities to continue or restore vital services in a more timely way, and to build back better after damaging events. That makes them better prepared for future events and more attractive to businesses and residents alike.
Resiliance Hubs Hawaii.jpg Resilience HUB - Vibrant Hawaii
A goal of the Resilience Hub initiative is to build individual capacity and community networks to be resilient and ready for anything. To get there, Vibrant Hawai'i hosted a Resilience Leadership Academy (RLA) - a monthly development program with curated content by local experts.
Smart-building-1.jpeg Smart Buildings Action Cluster
SBAC will focus on smart buildings within the environment of communities on a local and regional level. There are a number of issues pertaining to communications, connectivity and integration that need to be resolved. This group will discuss these issues and others that arise over time, as well as work to provide best practices and prototype demonstrations of such.
SALMON.jpg SmartGrid Advanced Load Management & Optimized Neighborhood
Situated in Portland’s Overlook/Arbor Lodge neighborhood, this project is focused on a disadvantaged, low and moderate income community that is currently facing gentrification. This project represents a mix of retrofitted residential and commercial buildings that are currently part of a PGE SmartGrid TestBed site. Using DERs as resources in bulk capacity markets as a grid service is novel and will serve as a precedent for nearly 100 utilities in the region.
Southport600.jpg Southport development
Southport is the only full-building solution available in the Greater Puget Sound area. As you enter Southport on Lake Washington you will quickly realize you are in a unique place. The entire campus has been designed with a focus on a lifestyle environment that supports the development of great teams.
Toronto Quayside.jpg Toronto Quayside
The new Waterfront Toronto project has learned from the past. Plans call it Quayside 2.0 and show trees and greenery sprouting from every possible balcony and outcropping, with nary an autonomous vehicle or drone in site. The project’s highly accomplished design team—led by Alison Brooks, a Canadian architect based in London; the renowned Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye; Matthew Hickey, a Mohawk architect from the Six Nations First Nation; and two Danish firms, Henning Larsen Architects and the nature-based design studio SLA—all speak of this new corner of Canada’s largest city not as a techno-utopia but as a bucolic retreat.
Head TRCA Headquarters.jpg Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Headquarters
This project is part of a group of 16 chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of “CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard” which will help to further refine the standard, plus accompanying resources and education. TRCA’s new headquarters will be utilized as a learning centre – a living laboratory for developers, researchers, professionals and students that will contribute to the uptake of improved methods and technologies that demonstrate zero carbon features and green infrastructure restoration. The concept design incorporates strategies and technology for renewable energy, innovative wastewater management and integration with the ravine landscape.


DIRTT.jpg DIRTT Modular Interiors
Build the perfect interior space for what you need now –– and whatever the future brings. Designed to respond to your needs for any place, from healthcare to school or office to home life. This is digital construction at its best.
Lessons from a Super-Aging Society.jpg Lessons from a Super-Aging Society
Japan is 20 to 30 years ahead of the U.S. in terms of demographic change, knowledge, and experiences in addressing an aging society. This webinar hosts one of the world-leading gerontologists, professor Hiroko Akiyama, from the University of Tokyo.
Regenerative Urbanism 600.png Regenerative Urbanism
Regenerative urbanism creates a balance where buildings, their occupants and the surrounding systems, both natural and man-made, work together to create resources rather than deplete them. Research shows that the integration of regenerative elements can yield greater returns over time. This approach uses dynamic governance systems to monitor and share the costs and benefits of urban life. It allows for multiple objectives to be achieved, from managing water and reusing waste biproducts to optimizing renewable resources across compact communities in new ways.
GreenUrban.jpg Supporting Community Cooperation in Urban Design
Engagement, Visioning, Master Planning, and Making Agreements are found in a process that communities use to make meaningful change in their neighborhood. Community stories are precedents demonstrating the value of integrating nature with development to sustain active and vital community-oriented neighborhoods.
PGEWeb.jpg The Evolution of the Built Environment
"At PGE, sustainability means business practices that support a vibrant economy, a healthy environment and strong communities today and into the future. It’s not a nice-to-have — it’s a must. As we make progress toward our environmental, social and governance goals, we’ll focus on how to become sustainable in everything we touch, including what we do for our customers."
Maria M. Pope, President and CEO