As Enterprise System Integrator, IBS combined 10 buildings in a complete building automation system.
In early 2011, Navistar, maker of trucks, buses, defense vehicles, and engines, purchased a new world headquarters property in Lisle, Illinois.
Previously owned by Lucent Technologies, the property contained nine existing buildings, built from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. A tenth building was built during the project, for a total of 1.1 million square feet of space.
Converting the existing buildings to meet Navistar’s needs required a complete remodeling, from an IT-based work environment to a mix of corporate, planning, and R&D space. Seven of the buildings needed substantial HVAC work to bring them up to date, and all nine buildings required extensive reconfiguration of their air handling systems to match their new floor plans and uses. In addition, Navistar wanted to incorporate a campus-wide Building Automation System (BAS).
And, it had to be done fast. Navistar’s schedule allowed one year from possession to occupancy, with three months allotted for planning and ordering, and eight months for the actual work.
It is usual in these scenarios to give all the HVAC and Building Automation Systems (BAS) work to a single contractor. However, Navistar chose a different approach, using multiple vendors who would deliver an open protocol system for each building.
IBS was selected to be the Master System Integrator. In this role, we developed the control standards and specifications for the entire project, coordinated all individual temperature control contractors on system installation, and integrated the various disparate systems covering 19 individual phases during the course of installation.
Once the other contractors had replaced controls, ventilation fans, terminal units, and the like, IBS provided 66 JACE controllers and terminal boards. These were the starting point of the campus-wide BAS Navistar had requested. Our system allows for sophisticated temperature control based on occupancy, as well as lighting control with daylight harvesting to reduce costs. All of it is incorporated in an easy-to-use Graphic User Interface (GUI) which can be accessed through any Internet connected computer.
As a final step, IBS provided Navistar with a long-term service contract on the entire system, including the work of the other vendors.
The system was delivered on-time and on-budget. Navistar is enjoying substantial energy savings, thanks to the improvements in HVAC and lighting built into the new system.
In addition, the Chicago chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, recognized the project as “Best Redevelopment of the Year” with their 24th Annual Award for Excellence.