Chicago’s Willis Tower has nabbed another corporate relocation as ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) has moved it headquarters into 47,000 square feet over one full floor and part of a second in the iconic building. The engineering, design and consulting firm hopes their new space will serve as a “living lab” to engage employees and clients alike.
“ESD is known for its innovation and creativity,” said executive chairman Raj Gupta, whose father, Hem, founded ESD in 1967. “From the server room to the conference room, we’ll show multiple ways to apply different technologies.”
The cutting-edge capabilities include an Enlighted LED lighting solution that includes Bluetooth beacon technology for use with applications such as space utilization, along with ambient light and occupancy sensors for efficient energy usage. A sound-masking system in the open-office environment is integrated with the fire-alarm system for emergency enunciation when the need arises. additionally, sensors on all connected work surfaces capture space-utilization data while motorized, height-adjustable desks respond to personal preferences with one tap of the desk control.
Clients will be invited in to examine and test ESD’s features in the office. For example, the new space includes open ceilings so clients can see the systems the company designs every day. Equipment from various manufacturers will be exhibited to show what’s possible.