BuiltWorlds members AkitaBox and McKinstry recently announced their partnership on delivering facility condition assessments (FCAs). AkitaBox FCA software will give architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) firms and building owners/operators a tool for conducting data collection, reporting, and other aspects of a complete FCA.
“A partnership with McKinstry, a leader in designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining high performance buildings, is exciting for AkitaBox,” says AkitaBox co-founder Josh Lowe. “Their invaluable testing and feedback will help us ensure our software will truly improve every aspect of FCAs.”
“We believe that we can help transform something that’s been overlooked and is in desperate need of change,” Lowe adds. “We look forward to moving the industry towards a better FCA, one asset at a time.”
The collaboration began in mid-2021, when McKinstry first learned AkitaBox was developing FCA software. At the time, the company was looking for ways to augment their existing FCA offering to boost delivery of their building consulting services.
“McKinstry is partnering with AkitaBox to enhance our facility condition assessment and asset data collection, analysis, and reporting,” says Casey Morris, national facility assessment leader for McKinstry. “AkitaBox brings a set of capabilities that complement our existing tools and methodologies while advancing our ability to achieve greater efficiency and improve deliverables for our clients.”
“This partnership will expand our capabilities in the marketplace,” continues Morris. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to be more competitive while still offering the actionable data and custom solutions for which McKinstry is known.”
AkitaBox FCA software fully digitizes a facility’s floor plans and maps the location of each asset to the plan, creating a digital twin. Assessment data is collected and incorporated directly into the digital twin. This data can continue to be updated after the FCA is complete for an always current view of facility condition.
Josh recently spoke on our May Building Products and Materials Analyst Call about how new IoT enabled materials are leveraging data to verify warranties, quality, reduce insurance claims and predict performance of buildings.
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