The front of the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings building has three flag poles.

UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings

Cutting-edge experience destination

Project Facts

Location Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Owner UTC Climate, Controls & Security
Size 260,000 SF
Cost $83.4 million
Status Completed 2018
Certifications LEED Platinum


United Technologies Corporation (UTC) established the Center for Intelligent Buildings (CIB) to demonstrate the potential for healthy and sustainable workspaces. Integrated within the structure are displays of systems typically hidden in basements or rooftops. Serving as a genuine “celebration of modern life,” visitors can engage with and explore a truly intelligent building design.

The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings’s entrance has a water feature lit up at night.

There is a raised covered walkway to access the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings parking lot.

Palm trees line the sides of the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings parking lot.

The Chiller physical plant is displayed at the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings.

The lobby of the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings is full of light due to floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings.

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About the project

The state-of-the-art innovation and technology experience center is designed to provide visitors a new way to interact with current and emerging building technologies. The first-floor atrium features products, integrated systems, and interactive displays from UTC brands such as Carrier, Otis, Automated Logic, Chubb, Edwards, Kidde, and Lenel.

The north and south towers of the building serve as a high-tech, modern workspace for UTC employees, including engineering and product development, as well as members of the Otis Americas regional headquarters team and the global corporate headquarters team for UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

The central atrium connecting the towers is a fully open space where visitors can see all five floors simultaneously through a multi-story, glazed facade. This created a challenge for construction as the east and west column lines would not have the lateral bracing typically provided at each floor, leaving the 5-story columns unbraced to support a green roof assembly space. The Walter P Moore team developed specially shaped and reinforced columns to support the roof and required hurricane-force wind loads while also meeting the design aesthetic.

Another complication on the project was presented by the owner’s desire to house the primary showcase area on the second floor of the atrium and the north tower. This area carries extremely heavy loads while also providing open spaces on the first floor below. The solution required a unique post-tensioning system within the second-floor structure capable of spanning 56’ while bearing a load usually borne by spans of half that length.