U.S. glass-manufacturing company View has been selected by global construction and development firm Skanska to be featured in the Eight, a Class-A high-rise office tower and one of the first buildings in the Bellevue Central Business District to feature smart windows.
Built, developed, and owned by Skanska USA Commercial Development, the Eight is a 25-story, 541,000 square-foot commercial office tower featuring retail spaces, a public plaza, and numerous exterior balconies. View Smart Windows will be part of a suite of tenant-focused amenities, including a dedicated floor for tenant events, a health and wellness center, electric vehicle and e-bike charging, and more.
View Smart Windows use artificial intelligence to automatically adjust in response to outdoor conditions, controlling heat and glare and eliminating the need for blinds. The windows measurably improve the health and well-being of building occupants. Every View installation includes a cloud-connected smart building platform that can easily be extended to improve indoor cellular coverage, enhance building security, and reimagine the occupant experience.
“The greater Seattle office sector is booming, and in a post-COVID market, amenities focused on tenant wellness will be more important than ever,” said Murphy McCullough, EVP and regional manager with Skanska. “Our investment in View Smart Windows furthers Skanska’s commitment to innovation and to enhancing the sustainability of the built environment.”
View recently announced it has entered into a strategic agreement with RXR Realty to combine RXR’s WorxWell data analytics platform into its broader technology stack.
Formerly known as RxWell, WorxWell’s data analytics platform aggregates all building data including occupancy, space usage, digital collaboration and work patterns, access control, air quality, temperature, and environmental factors into a consolidated dashboard to optimize every aspect of building operations and workplace experience for both building owners and occupiers. It also offers tools and mobile apps that put employee health and safety, security, space utilization, hybrid work analyses, employee experience and engagement, ESG optimization and compliance, operational information, and more in the hands of building managers and tenants, according to the company. WorxWell is currently deployed in 25 million square feet of office buildings.
The acquisition of WorxWell enables View to provide an integrated, end-to-end technology and product stack that seamlessly brings together software, sensors, and data from View and third parties, into a unified platform, so real estate owners and enterprise customers can use data to effectively respond to changing trends in real estate, such as hybrid work, health and wellness, and sustainability.
This transaction follows View’s acquisition earlier this year of IoTium, a provider of secure, cloud-managed, software-defined IoT networks.
View is installed and designed into more than 90 million square feet of buildings including offices, hospitals, airports, educational facilities, hotels, and multi-family residences.