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Realcomm's Proud to Announce The 2010 Digie Award Winners!!

Each year, Realcomm presents the most innovative real estate companies, individuals, and solution providers with the prestigious Digie Award. This award is designed to recognize the most forward-thinking leaders in commercial real estate who are making the greatest impact through the use of technology and automation. Realcomm is proud to announce the 2010 Digie Award winners:


Best Use of Automation - Developer
Childress Klein

  • Delivered one of the best examples of a 'smart connected' office building in the US
  • Innovative automation and integration of building systems in the Duke Energy Center
  • Coupled automation with 'best property management practices' to reach unprecedented levels of operating efficiency and tenant satisfaction

  • Best Use of Automation - Property Management
  • Continues to rethink the use of automation in traditional property operations and management
  • Has demonstrated leadership and a willingness to share ideas, concepts and projects with the industry
  • Strategic use of automation strategies throughout the organization

  • This year, because of the overwhelming number of significant developments in the Best Use of Automation - Owner category, we've selected three winners:

    Best Use of Automation - Owner
    Boston Properties
  • Owner and executive team vision in driving organizational alignment around key sustainability and automation projects
  • Commited to the pursuit of 'green' in the built environment going far beyond normal LEED parameters
  • Clearly one, if not the leader, in vision and innovation in the commercial real estate industry

  • Best Use of Automation - Owner
  • Visionary leadership by executive team with respect to development of intelligent building and energy management initiatives
  • Demonstrated willingness to share ideas, concepts and best practices with the industry
  • Taken definitive steps in organizational realignment in order to fast track automation projects

  • Best Use of Automation - Owner
    Granite Properties
  • Innovative exploitation of SharePoint across multiple business units
  • "PlanetGranite" electronic suggestion box and 'Insight' corporate reporting portal
  • Highly effective use of small IT staff to deliver extensive business value

  • Best Use of Automation - Corporate Real Estate
  • World headquarters incorporating Unified Physical Infrastructure
  • Made investment in research and development a part of the corporate culture
  • Continued commitment to defining best practices in automation for ICT, building and energy systems

  • Best Use of Automation - Facility Management
    Pacific Controls
  • First turnkey managed service for remote facility monitoring and management
  • Extraordinary vision coupled with unparalled level of resources invested in building out the Galaxy technology
  • Unprecedented commitment to innovation in the transformation of traditional facility and property management functions

  • Best Use of Automation – Brokerage
    Cassidy Turley
  • Continuously reaching beyond the status quo for better operating models
  • Consistent investment in automated business solutions
  • Commitment to using technology to enhance brokerage and company operations

    In every industry, there are those individuals who stand out as pioneers and leaders... those who aren't afraid to go against the grain and try new ideas, technologies and solutions. For these few, we present the prestigious "Digital Impact Award" for innovation in commercial and corporate real estate. Here are the 2010 winners, along with several key attributes and reasons as to why they were selected:

    Stephen Spooner, Executive Chairman, OSCRE International
  • Viewed as leader and visionary in commercial real estate innovation internationally
  • Tireless commitment on behalf of OSCRE and vendor interoperability
  • Has continually worked to develop relationships to enable adoption of automation strategies

  • Wayne Pryor,Sr. VP and CTO, AMB Properties
  • Devoted to raising the bar of industry best practices
  • Widely considered to be one of the foremost authorities on real estate information technology
  • Continues to be a willing and enthusiastic leader among industry peers

  • Marc Petock, VP Global Marketing and Communication, Tridium
  • Has consistently promoted the concept of IP based building infrastructure to global markets
  • Without hesitation has continued to support networking, education and collaboration among real estate industry leaders
  • Instrumental in helping to build and deliver one of the most successful building management system platforms ever created

  • Bill Hutchison, Chairman, i-Waterfront Toronto
  • An influential and inspirational leader in the creation of i-Waterfront Toronto
  • Traveled the world sharing insights and promoting the concept of Smart City development
  • Recognized thought leader in the design and implementation of high speed wide area broadband networks


    City or State
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Agressive leadership in deployment of energy conservation and management initiatives
  • Support for innovative, energy efficient commercial real estate developments
  • Strategic inclusion of automation and clean technology in the cith master plan

  • Retail
  • Extraordinary efforts to better understand business process automation to better facilitate retail operations
  • Continues to demonstrate leadership in driving automation throughout the organization
  • Selflessly mentored others in the industry sharing experience and vision with others

  • Multifamily
  • Innovative engineering of building systems in order to facilitate energy conservation and tenant comfort
  • Continued exploration in the development of the digital lifestyle experience for the tenant
  • Aggressive deployment of technology in projects as a marketing differentiator

  • Office
    Duke Energy Center - Wells Fargo
  • Strategic incorporation of technology from the early design phase
  • One of the country's best examples of a smart, connected building
  • Design and implementation of an IP centric building automation system


  • Consumer technology that could radically change business processes
  • The most usable iteration of the tablet design concept to date
  • Apple continues to master the user experience

  • Real Estate Transaction
  • Greatly expanded the number of records in their commercial property database
  • Exceptional attention to physical characteristics, transaction and market trend data in the property records
  • Database now searchable on the iPhone

  • Energy
    Redwood Systems
  • First networked LED lighting technology for commercial buildings
  • Revolutionary approach to energy efficient DC powered lighting saving up to 75% of lighting costs
  • Redwood technology is opening the door to more sophisticated energy storage strategies for commercial buildings

  • Building Automation
  • Niagara framework has transformed energy management resulting in significant savings across multiple building classes
  • Tridium technology installed in some of the largest and most sophisticated commercial and corporate implementations worldwide
  • Tridium Niagara EcoSystem enabling rapid development and deployment of sophisticated energy management solutions globally


    Realcomm Staff

    This Week’s Sponsor

    Tridium is the global leader in automation infrastructure technology and device-to-enterprise integration solutions. The company’s NiagaraAX Framework® technology synchronizes, manages and controls major building system functions vital in a facility, such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, energy, lighting, security, fire, safety and more. Niagara based solutions make buildings better--ones that use less energy, have lower operating costs, are safer, contribute to sustainable environments and deliver significant ROI including:(1) financial and operational paybacks, (2) performance efficiencies/lower operational Costs, (3) reduced capital and operational expenses, (4) improved facility operations, (5) greater control, manageability and security of building operations, (6) better service delivery-anytime-anywhere Access, (7) reduced energy costs, (8) increased tenant/occupant satisfaction. More information can be found


    CRE Tech Innovation Showcase - Uncovering the Next Generation of New Ideas - 7/12/2018

    Never before in the history of the Commercial Real Estate market has technology been so prevalent. Since 2009, hundreds—if not thousands—of companies selling tech to the Commercial Real Estate Industry have emerged. Estimates now suggest there are more than 2,000 new CRE Tech companies in the space. The sheer number of new companies makes it almost impossible to keep up and organizations are struggling to establish an effective process to discover, organize, vet, test and implement new technologies. This webinar will evaluate the categories of technologies, best practice criteria, and clarify different solutions that are making their way to the top of the list.

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    Shaun Klann Intelligent Buildings
    Shaun Klann VP Shaun Klann has over 15 years of experience dedicated exclusively to transforming the concepts of the ‘Smart Building' industry into reality. His expe
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    Shaun Klann
    Intelligent Buildings

    Shaun Klann has over 15 years of experience dedicated exclusively to transforming the concepts of the ‘Smart Building' industry into reality. His expertise includes engineering, implementation, and strategic consulting services that pair current day technologies with innovative deployment tactics and strategies. Shaun is a proven thought leader in the area of connected real estate and has received numerous awards for his dedication to this market segment, including an award recognizing him as a top 40 under 40 to watch in the space of real estate technology.

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    Chip Pierpont GSA
    Chip Pierpont Director, Facilities Operations & Technologies Chip Pierpont manages and provides expert guidance on the development and execution of requirements/solutions for building operations and technologies
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    Chip Pierpont
    Director, Facilities Operations & Technologies

    Chip Pierpont manages and provides expert guidance on the development and execution of requirements/solutions for building operations and technologies for General Services Administration (GSA), a Public Buildings Service (PBS) government agency tasked with managing government buildings and real estate, providing product and service procurement support, and developing policies and regulations. The landlord for the civilian federal government, PBS owns or leases 8,700 assets, maintains an inventory of more than 370 million square feet of workspace for 1.1 million federal employees, and preserves more than 481 historic properties.

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    Brian Sutherland Yardi
    Brian Sutherland Industry Principal, Yardi Elevate
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    Brian Sutherland
    Industry Principal, Yardi Elevate

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    Rahul Shira Philips Lighting
    Rahul Shira Product Mktg. Manager
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    Rahul Shira
    Product Mktg. Manager
    Philips Lighting