Round up: New construction, green study, IoT, people on the move

What’s happening this week in our industry? Here’s our Friday round up of news and announcements from members of the BuiltWorlds network. Want to be included? Send your press releases or story ideas to

1. Redmond Construction builds hackable classroom

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Redmond Construction’s Jamie Redmond is a BuiltWorlds contributor. Read her first post here.

Redmond Construction Corp has finished construction on the new Codeverse flagship school in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Redmond built a “hackable classroom” for Codeverse – a startup focused on teaching children worldwide coding and computer literacy. The space is located at 819 W. Eastman Street and incorporates touch-screen sign-in, a 20’ TV wall, robotic arms and other high tech gadgets.

Source: Press release


2. USGBC releases green home study

Check out our Q&A with USGBC’s new CEO here.

A recent study from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and The University of Texas at Austin finds that new homes in Texas that meet green building standards have a resale value that is $25,000 higher on average than conventional homes. The study showed that homes built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards between 2008-2016 underwent an 8 percent increase in value, while homes that met broader green standards saw a 6 percent increase. “Our research shows there is a ‘green premium’ in the Texas single-family home market,” said The University of Texas at Austin’s Dr. Greg Hallman.

Source: Press release


3. IBM offers new IoT security services

Interested in IoT and buildings? You’ll want to attend our Buildings 2.0 conference this September. More info here

IBM announced a new security testing program to safeguard Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The service is delivered via IBM X-Force Red – the security research and development group at IBM. By testing devices proactively, IBM hopes to find vulnerabilities before serious complications occur. Charles Henderson, global head of IBM X-Force Red, says, “Finding issues in your products and services upfront is a far better investment than the expense of letting cybercriminals find and exploit vulnerabilities.”

Source: Press release


4. Autodesk appoints Reid French to Board of Directors

Software company Autodesk appointed Reid French to its Board of Directors. French is the current CEO of Applied Systems, and comes to Autodesk with over 15 years of executive leadership experience. Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk president and CEO, praised French, “His experience with cloud platform technology aligns nicely with our strategy as a company, and I look forward to working with him.”

Source: Press release


5. Suffolk Construction managing Boston’s largest projects

We interviewed Suffolk’s Kevin Brederson on BIM earlier this year.

A report by the Boston Business Journal recently found that four out of Boston’s five largest construction projects currently in progress are managed by Suffolk Construction. The combined value of these four projects’ construction costs is almost $3 billion. According to the report, other prominent construction projects in the area are managed by the likes of Skanska, Gilbane, and Lendlease.



6. New Senior VP for Site 1001

Site 1001 has brought on Clay Cover as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Advanced Development. Cover has extensive experience with cloud-computing, commercial software, artificial intelligence and other systems. “We’re extremely pleased to have Clay join us,” said Cleve Adams, CEO of Site 1001. “The intelligent building revolution is here and Clay will be instrumental in Site 1001 being a leader in that market.” (Check out our interview with Site 1001’s CTO earlier this year above.)

Source: Site 1001