BNP Media and Engineered Systems magazine will host the Building Automation Conference 2006, West Coast, September 12-13, 2006 at the Westin Horton Plaza hotel in San Diego. This two-day conference is designed to bring together facilities management professionals to learn the latest advancements in energy and power management. And as an optional part of the conference, its organizers have announced a building tour that will feature one of San Diego's premier buildings - One America Plaza.

This project was built overlooking San Diego Bay in the late 1980s and was designed by renowned architect Helmut Jahn. Over the last 10 years this property has been transformed into one of the most advanced Intelligent Buildings in North America.

The building features a high speed "Building Optical Network" or BON, which provides broadband and wireless access for all tenants. A recent controls upgrade provides for network access to all systems including CCTV cameras, air handlers, chillers, and terminal units. The intelligence continues into the operations of the building with the use of wireless handheld tools for the operations staff, digital images of all drawings and documents, and a tenant portal. This building projects a perfect example of an intelligent building's tremendous value.

Due to the limited space in the building mechanical areas, the capacity of the tour is limited to 50 attendees. Early registrants for the BAC 2006 conference will have an option to register for the tour at no additional charge. The conference is ideal for building owners, engineers, developers, facility managers, building managers, commercial engineers, government officials, and IT professionals. Topics will include:

  • Wireless technology
  • Design and specification
  • Internet technology
  • System commissioning and operations
  • Open standards
  • Enterprise management systems integration
  • Energy and comfort
  • Best practices

Additionally, the conference will cover stimulating topics such as, retrofits and BMS, opportunities with wireless systems, PDAs and bar coding in O&M practices, and other convergence in building systems. Knowledgeable industry leaders will provide attendees with skills that can be used in the real world. This course may qualify for continuing education credits. For more information, visit www.bnpevents.com/ES/BAC/index.htm, or call 1-888-530-6714.