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Tips for Smart Building Design

With everything moving to automation, it is no shock that the world of architecture and construction is doing so as well. Not only does smart building design help save us time and effort, but it also helps reduce our carbon footprint, improving the planet for everyone.


Neenan Archistruction® is a commercial construction company based in Fort Collins that offers building design and construction services locally and nationwide. We offer our Collaborative Design Process, which is our unique approach to designing and constructing your commercial, education, government, or healthcare building. Our team involves you in every step of the design process with the goal of crafting the building of your dreams. Below, we’ll offer some tips for smart building design. Contact us for a free estimate today!

Focus on the Key Components of Smart Building Design

When beginning to design a commercial, education, healthcare, or government building, there are many considerations, including the client’s wishes. However, it’s important to keep in mind the key components of smart building design. Some of these include connectivity for the internet, health and well-being of those in the building and those who use it, safety, energy use, cybersecurity, and sustainability. This will help ensure these elements are adequately incorporated.

Stick to Your Stated Timeline

Every good building design and construction company sets great goals and timelines in order to ensure their project stays on-time and on-budget. Thus, it’s best to ensure the steps to the design, implementation, and construction process are given time frames to stick by.

List What Smart Building Systems You Will Include

It’s good to have an idea from the beginning of the smart building automation design elements you want to include because this can often guide the rest of the design. Some popular smart automation options include:


  • HVAC system
  • Lighting
  • Water usage
  • Security systems
  • Ventilation
  • Water management

Keep Communication With the Client a Top Priority

Communication with the client needs to be a top priority for every building design and construction firm. Design is critical to the overall flow and use of the building, and the client knows what they need in order to maximize their productivity. Here at Neenan Archistruction®, we take a holistic approach to your vision in order to turn it into reality. From helping you find a building site to creating a budget, design, and project management, we’ll see your commercial building project from start to finish. Get started today!

Prioritize Sustainability

Sustainability is an important part of smart building design since it’s considered a hallmark of a smart commercial building. Some great ideas for sustainability that our commercial building architects keep in mind include using recycled building materials, incorporating green roofs, and making the entire building envelope as energy efficient as possible.

Leverage Technology for Security

Designing security in commercial buildings is a must these days, and with the help of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology, security doesn’t have to be a chore. From smart locks to smart entry systems and lighting, your commercial building can be beautiful and secure at all times.

Stay Nimble When It Comes to Design Changes and Delays

Every building project faces delays of some sort. From supply chain issues that many construction companies now face to Mother Nature who always has her way, planning for these issues ahead of time as much as possible is essential to a successful commercial building and construction project coming to fruition.


With more than 40 years of experience in the commercial design space, Neenan Archistruction® has stayed on the forefront of building design changes, technology, and styles in order to consistently deliver our customers a functional, beautiful, secure, and smart building that will serve their needs for decades. Our mission is to exceed your expectations and to ensure your commercial building project stays on time and on budget.


Our building design and construction firm based in Fort Collins believes in being good stewards of your hard-earned money, which is why we incorporate target costing into every building project. Target costing ensures that cost is taken into consideration throughout the design process with the idea of minimizing waste and creating value at every turn. We want to ensure there are no surprises from a financial point and a design point to the final completion of your construction project.


If you are ready to begin, reach out to our team today!