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Innovative Engineering Firm Uncovers New Approach to Environmentally Forward ‘Living Building Challenge’ High-Rise Design with the Cloud – Part 1

June 24, 2015 / Evolve IP

Part 1: Glumac leverages green technology with cloud voice and network services to aid sustainability initiative.

This past April marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an event that heralded a new global awareness of the environment and launched a pursuit to preserve the planet’s natural resources. Since that first celebration, the movement has escalated like a tidal wave as citizens and global corporations have committed to various standards for sustainability including Glumac, a full-service engineering consulting firm blazing new trails in sustainable building design.

Glumac has been designing environmentally conscious corporate campuses for companies like Nike, Adidas and Pacific Bell, as well as various K-12 schools, large retailers, shopping malls, and major hotel chains worldwide for decades. In fact, many of the firm’s projects meet rigorous LEED Platinum building standards – the highest level of the most commonly recognized building sustainability standards. Most recently, Glumac committed to new building projects for certification by the Living Building Challenge (LBC) project, established by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The LBC is a stringent standard that has been fully attained by only five facilities worldwide to date. Glumac, aided by its partners, has developed a new approach to designing to LBC standards in existing high-rise buildings. One of the partners helping them meet these rigorous environmental standards is Evolve IP.

Glumac’s new 17,500-square-foot office is the first registered LBC in downtown Los Angeles and will occupy one floor in the 62-story, 1.1 million-square-foot Aon Center. With minimal space to generate renewable power onsite, the team is pursuing LBC Petal Recognition and a net-zero energy strategy based on a whole building heat recovery retrofit of the central chiller system. To optimize the performance of the LA offices’ communications and network infrastructure, Glumac contracted with Evolve IP for new equipment and critical services.

As a result, Glumac has been able to consolidate technologies, eliminate a second network, saving them money and simplifying vendor and system management.

“It’s unusual to work with a voice and data systems provider that brings expert consultative services beyond their product offering, but Evolve IP evaluated our situation and provided us with an extremely efficient solution,” explains Robert Maheu, Glumac’s Corporate IT Manager. “Evolve consolidated our technologies, eliminating a second network but supplemented the remaining system with modern routers, and now delivers energy-saving voice and security services in the cloud to fully maximize network performance. We’ve saved money and energy with Evolve – an ideal combination of benefits.”

Visit here next week, to find out how the cloud made it easy for Glumac to meet the rigorous building standards and what this means for their future. If you are considering a new cloud-based phone system, click here to download our free “9 Signs it’s Time to Upgrade Your Phone System” now.

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