NCET helps you explore business and technology
By Dave Archer
It wasn’t all that long ago that real estate developers began considering how their projects could accommodate the technological requirements of the businesses that occupy commercial space and the families who live in newly developed homes.
Today, we’ve quietly moved a step farther. No longer is technology an element that somehow needs to be accommodated in real estate development. Now technology is increasingly at the heart of memorable projects, providing the framework that drives design and development decisions and providing a welcome environment for businesses and families.
To understand how this works, take a look at West 2nd District, the 17-acre neighborhood that’s planned along the Truckee River on the west side of Reno’s downtown.
You’ve probably read about West 2nd District and its developers’ vision of an exceptional neighborhood composed of cutting-edge urban spaces for living, working and playing.
The strong technological framework of the plans has gotten less attention, but it sets an important standard for the region.
The West 2nd District will be both smart and connected. For example, every residence, business and common area in the District will have one-gigabyte Internet, television, and phone service — and upload speeds will be just as fast as download speeds.
That digital infrastructure will help create smart buildings. Every residential, retail, and commercial building in the West 2nd District will integrate systems for intelligent building automation and the reduction of energy consumption.
The infrastructure will be put to work, too, to ensure the safety and security of people who live, work and play in the West 2nd District. Partnerships with multiple high-level technology providers will bring proactive systems that ensure the fastest possible communications with first responders during times of crisis.
Technology throughout the West 2nd District also will provide a level of earthquake readiness that’s far beyond what Northern Nevada currently knows. The district’s visionaries, working closely with the UNR Seismic Sensor Laboratory and Miyamoto Earthquake + Structural Engineers, have created early-warning capabilities that mark a dramatic improvement over existing technology in the area.
Other technology planned at the West 2nd District will reduce energy consumption and help create a sustainable neighborhood.
An organic water-reclamation system, for instance, will reduce the neighborhood’s demand for one of the most precious resources of High Desert communities. And the entire West 2nd District will benefit from the shared efficiencies of a central utility plant, which is 30 percent more efficient than other systems.
The dramatic high-rise buildings planned in the West 2nd District will change the skyline of Reno forever. The technology incorporated into West 2nd District will bring similar dramatic change, not just to the downtown area but across the region as technology introduced at West 2nd District sets the new standard.
Learn more about West 2nd District during NCET’s Tech Wednesday event from 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 11. More information and registration is at NCETwed.org.
Dave Archer is President/CEO of NCET, which produces educational and networking events to help people explore businesses and technology.