JLL announced it reached an agreement to acquire Boston-based Building Engines, a market-leading building operations platform that transforms how properties are run, provides exceptional experiences for operators and tenants and improves net operating income (NOI) across the world’s most successful commercial real estate (CRE) portfolios. JLL will acquire Building Engines for a cash purchase price of approximately $300 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory review.
Building Engines’ cloud platform serves as a comprehensive, easy-to-use system that unites all the technology and applications used to run buildings in one place. Its comprehensive capabilities streamline work orders, make maintenance more efficient, and simplify interactions between building tenants, management and staff. “Building Engines joining JLL represents JLL’s continued commitment to technology leadership and bringing the best technology to our investor clients,” said Sharad Rastogi, President at JLL Technologies (JLLT), a division of JLL. “Together, JLL and Building Engines will accelerate the digital transformation of buildings worldwide.” Jay Koster, President of Investor Services, Americas for JLL, continued, “The combination of JLL’s expertise in managing buildings, Building Engines’ leading building operations software platform and JLLT’s CRE technology leadership will accelerate the transition of property operations from manual and reactive activities to technology-informed, automated or digitized activities.”
Building Engines serves more than 1,000 clients who rely on its platform to manage critical operational needs across more than 3 billion square feet and 35,000 properties worldwide. Its enterprise-class platform, which will continue to be available for use by all property owners and their service providers, scales as an investor’s portfolio grows—from one building to larger, more complex environments. Additionally, the platform’s open API infrastructure features more than 30 integrations with other building operations tools, unifying an increasingly fragmented set of building operations applications into a single user experience for all property managers.