NEWS & EVENTS

ANNOUNCEMENT
LEDG Announces New Program Management Office (PMO) Practice

January 24, 2024

Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) announces a new Program Management Office (PMO) service line dedicated to helping technology leaders manage and successfully deliver technically complex, mission-critical technology projects. Expanding LEDG services beyond our renowned data center and smart buildings capabilities, the PMO provides services to support other mission-critical projects such as data migration, application integration, technology refresh, and other changes to enterprise-wide solutions.

LEDG recognizes today's information technology leaders face increasing technology complexity and time constraints coupled with decreasing resources to manage and oversee vital projects within their organizations. Providing an unbiased view of an organization's technology, LEDG ensures customers can deliver technology services that are secure, reliable, sustainable, and scalable.

Services include:

• Project Management
• Owners Representation
• Staff Augmentation
• Asset & Materials Management
• Standards and Governance

With an unbiased approach, our team ensures the effective management of full lifecycle technology projects, tailoring services to align with an organization's industry, size, and unique requirements.

For questions and more information on LEDG's PMO services, contact your LEDG account manager or email Laura Polas at llp@ledesigngroup.com

EVENT
LEDG Presenting at NFMT 2024 in Baltimore

January 10, 2024
We hope to see you in Baltimore for our session on the Best Practices for Integrating Building Systems and Implementing World-Class Operations. Thursday, March 14 at 9:15 AM! Details here. 

EVENT
LEDG Announces Three New AIA Webinar Dates for How to Design & Specify a Smart Building

January 4, 2024
As technology demands in the built environment continue to advance, property developers evaluate and often scrutinize their investments even though owners desire highly amenitized properties. Creating a high-performing technology infrastructure that will support the asset’s long-term value and meet the needs of the desired tenants can challenge architectural teams as markets fluctuate. This learning session will help architects understand 2023 digital trends and prepare properties’ current and future marketability. REGISTER HERE

EVENT
Stop by LEDG's table to meet up with Bill Moten and Mike Rinaldi at the AMFP Philadelphia DBE Expo

September 12, 2023
Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG), a certified MBE and DBE, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Association of Medical Facility Professionals (AMFP) Philadelphia Chapter DBE Expo coming up on September 27. The event takes place from 8 AM - 11 AM at the Center for Architecture & Design in Philadelphia. Mike Rinaldi, LEDG's Mid-Atlantic Market Leader for Data Centers, and Bill Moten, Smart Buildings Practice Leader, will be available to connect on LEDG's work in Healthcare. Details can be found here. AMFP Philadelphia: Turning the Tables (DBE Certified Exhibitor Registration) - Events - Association of Medical Facility Professionals

ANNOUNCEMENT
New AIA-Approved Smart Buildings Lunch & Learn Series for Architects

March 25, 2023
Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) announces three new AIA-Approved Smart Buildings Lunch & Learn Series for architects. These sessions can be provided to teams in person or virtually. For more information, visit https://www.ledesigngroup.com/2023_aia

Available 1 Learning Unit (LU) sessions include:

  • 2023 Smart Buildings Trends - What do developers want, What Tenants Need
  • What Do Life Science and Lab Spaces Need for Technology Infrastructure
  • Understanding Office-to-Residential Conversions 

NEWS
LEDG's Bill Moten, Smart Buildings Practice Leader, to Speak at RETCON 2023 in NYC

March 22, 2023
The team at Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) will be attending the RETCON 2023 show coming up April 3-4, 2023 in New York City. Bill Moten, Smart Buildings Practice Leader, will be speaking alongside WiredScore to discuss the Greystar 74 Middlesex project in Boston. Get details here. https://retconference.com/usa/

NEWS
Leading Edge Design Group Launches High-Performance Research Computing Trends and Insights Survey

July 11, 2022
Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) is pleased to announce the launch of the High Performance Research Computing 2022 Trends and Insights Survey. LEDG created the survey to gather information for our customers, partners, and the industry to provide important information for organizations grappling with the increased demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) . HPC is typically an enterprise-wide service that provides the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities needed for innovative and collaborative research activities often created by non-profit/government funded grants, for-profit competitive discovery processes, and other market growth initiatives. The survey is aimed to gather and share insights for designing, planning, and implementing scalable, adaptable, and efficient research computing data centers and infrastructure to support current and future HPC demands. LEDG will also be hosting a HPC Forum on September 14 to review the results with survey participants. For questions or to participate in the the invitation-only survey and forum, please email Colin Buckley at cjb@ledesigngroup.com. The survey is open to HPC, IT, and Research leaders in Higher Education, Life Sciences, and Healthcare.

NEWS
Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) Smart Buildings Practice Embraces the WiredScore SmartScore Accredited Professional (AP) Program

May 10, 2022
Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) is pleased to announce that its Smart Buildings Practice supports the WiredScore SmartScore AP program. SmartScore was created in collaboration with the owners and users of the world’s most advanced properties. The certification provides clarity on what constitutes a smart building, guidance on how to achieve the status, and proof of the value it adds to your asset. For our clients who desire certification, SmartScore enables owners to follow a framework as they design and implement an integrated Smart Building. SmartScore provides a scorecard that measures the breadth and depth of the user stories implemented as well as the assessment of the technology, processes and procedures that support their implementation. This ensures the building is set up to meet the expectations of today’s tenants and has been future-proofed to implement the user stories of tomorrow. The scorecard consists of two sections: User Functionality and Technological Foundation. For more information, contact Bill Moten, LEDG Smart Buildings Practice leader at bam@ledesigngroup.com

AIA-APPROVED WEBINAR
Plan and Design a Technology-Enabled Lab Space

MAY 11, 2022 I 12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern
A record 31 million square feet of life-science space was under development during the fourth quarter of 2021, according to CBRE. The Q4 total includes new construction and conversions of offices into lab space. The development includes known life science clusters in Boston, Philadelphia, and San Diego, yet new areas emerge in Houston, D.C., Nashville, and others. For today’s modern lab space, technology enablement and integration are imperative. This AIA-approved webinar will provide an in-depth look at the technology requirements of lab space, the challenges with legacy design, programming to create scale, and using global certification standards, planning, and design techniques to create world-class, high-performing lab space.

The webinar is for property developers, architects, and building owners and operators focused on developing and integrating lab space. Approved for 1 AIA LU.

REGISTER

EVENT
Data Center Leadership Forum Spring 2022 - Let's Talk More About Security

April 6, 2022
Join us Wednesday, April 6, for the invitation-only Spring 2022 Data Center Leadership Forum. We will be exploring data center physical and cybersecurity as threats continue to increase in all industries. For this session, we will have field experts kick off topics, share their current security experiences, case studies, and have an open forum for discussion. We encourage attendees to share insights and ideas, gain best practices from their peers, and forge new connections. Interested in attending our next one? Email llp@ledesigngroup.com.

EVENT
AFCOM MidAtlantic Networking Event

April 29, 2022
Register NOW to join the new AFCOM Midlantic Board at our Chapter's Spring networking event. The FREE In-Person Chapter Event will be held at Frankford Hall Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, April 28, 2022. It will give you a great opportunity to network with new and old industry faces. Sponsorship Opportunities Available - contact Mike Rinaldi at mar@ledesigngroup.com

Register

EVENT
7x24 Exchange Greater Philadelphia Chapter Event

April 20, 2022
Join members for a fun and casual networking event for members, guests, and prospective members of the 7x24 Exchange Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Workhorse Brewing Company, 250 King Manor Dr., King of Prussia, PA 19406

Register

EVENT
7x24 Exchange Greater Philadelphia Chapter - Meet the Board

March 22, 2022
7x24 Delaware Valley Chapter is changing! We have new board members and a new name. Grab a cup of coffee and join us over Zoom for a Board Member Meet and Greet. We encourage you to bring any ideas you may have for the Chapter to this virtual meeting. The 7x24 Greater Philadelphia Chapter (new name!) is yours and we want to provide you the speakers, events and content you want. Register in advance for the meeting and check your email for the Zoom Link!

Register

ARTICLE
Lab Manager I How Builders Can Leverage Technology to Develop Smart Labs

May 27, 2021
Technology - rich laboratory environments are improving to meet the challenge of historically fragmented and manual configurations and processes; however, the building technologies supporting these mission-critical experiments are behind in design, integration, and connectivity. Read on to gain insights from LEDG's Todd Boucher and S/L/A/M Collaborative's Jeff Talka.

Read Online

ARTICLE
Facilities Management Journal I Designing to be Better - CRE's safe, sustainable, and smart future

May 2021
As building owners and developers grapple with the pandemic's economic impact, waiting for them on the other side is the uncertainty of how many businesses will return once it is safe and what will they expect from their workplace when they do return? Aligning building performance goals, planning tactics, and determining measurable operational improvements are critical initiatives to prepare for the workforce's eventual return. As the industry prepares, owners gain new insights and make better informed technology investment decisions for the years ahead. Read more from LEDG's Bill Moten and TIA's Dan Brown.

Read FMJ online

ARTICLE
ITSP Podcast Interview I A Cyber Society Conversation

March 17, 2021
Improving Life Through Smart Buildings — How Technology Can Bridge The Gaps We've Created At Home, At Work, And While Shopping | A Cyber Society Conversation With Todd Boucher

Listen Here

ARTICLE
Data Center Dynamics - IT Asset Disposal

March 10, 2020
What happens to mechanical and electrical equipment during data center decommissioning? When it comes to the end of life and decommissioning of a data center, the focus often turns to IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) and what to do with IT hardware. Learn more from Dan Swinhoe with insights from LEDG's Todd Boucher.

https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/analysis/what-happens-mechanical-and-electrical-equipment-during-data-center-decommissioning/

NEWS
Leading Edge Design Group Receives SBA 8(a) Certification

October 23, 2020

Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) is proud to announce its acceptance and certification with the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program.  Participation in the program supports the LEDG’s steady growth providing quality data center, smart building, and data intelligence services to the public and private sectors.

According to a Small Business Administration (SBA) 2020 statistics, there are 31.7 million small businesses in the United States, and only about 5,000 of them have obtained 8(a) certification. The certification has a nine-year lifespan and allows participants to compete for set-aside and soul-sourced federal contracts. The program also assists participants in navigating federal contracting, guidance in forming partnerships, and management assistance.

“We are looking forward to this opportunity to build new partnerships and expand LEDG business with the Federal Government. Our 8(a) acceptance comes at an excellent time for federal agencies as high-performing data centers and smart building digital advancements are imperative for government sustainable and scalable operations,” states Todd Boucher, Leading Edge Design Group Founder and Principal.

Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) provides solutions that shape how we live, work, learn, and heal. LEDG plans, designs, and builds data centers and smart buildings that help customers deliver services with speed, resiliency, and scale. The firm also provides data intelligence services to help unleash the power of data within the built environment and enable secure, data-driven building operations.Since 2007, LEDG has worked on some of the most progressive technology, mission-critical, and building projects in the US and is proud to recognize many high-performing organizations as clients. LEDG is also certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and provides services throughout the United States from locations in New England, Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast.

ARTICLE
Facility Management Journal - Smart Buildings Leadership

Smart Buildings Leadership, Data, and Accountability
Facility Management Journal, Bill Moten, Fall 2020

In January of 2020, the adoption of a smart building was not imperative for many building owners. Barriers existed, and time and time again, the adoption of a smart building was not technological; it was cultural. Within a few months, facilities managers are managing through unprecedented times, and the industry inflection point is here. Similar to the War on Talent1 when a Human Resource Manager became a Chief People Officer and employees became the most significant asset, technology-advanced built environments and the FMs that run them, are at the forefront of organizational performance. Like how HR mastered workforce analytics, facility teams need to understand the building data available to them to support their strategic planning and technology implementations and hold their teams and the organization accountable.

Read More:
Smart Buildings (ifma.org)

ARTICLE
Building Operating Management - Promise of a Smart Building

How to Realize the Promise of a Smart Building
Leaders need an integrated, organizational-wide adoption and deployment model.

Building Operating Management, Bill Moten, June 2020

I wouldn’t call the first building I worked in very smart. My desk was in a low-walled cube in the middle of the “cube city,” surrounded by cinder block walls. The air quality depended on what section you were in, and the temperature varied every 20 feet. There were no crowd-based thermostats to keep everyone happy. Almost every air vent had a custom deflector taped on it to personalize the comfort of the one who applied it. If you were cold, your best option was to put on a sweater.

Times have changed. Today, buildings are required to deliver secure technology services and engaging, productive, personalized experiences to occupants, all while making sure the facility is efficient, reduces costs, and has a lower environmental impact. Going beyond that baseline, a smart building uses an integrated set of technology, systems, and infrastructure to optimize building performance and occupant experience. The key concept is “integrated,” as it applies to technology, systems, and infrastructure.

Read More:
How to Realize the Promise of a Smart Building - Facilities Management Insights (facilitiesnet.com)

ANNOUNCEMENT
New AIA-Approved Smart Buildings Lunch & Learn Series for Architects

March 25, 2023
Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) announces three new AIA-Approved Smart Buildings Lunch & Learn Series for architects. These sessions can be provided to teams in person or virtually. For more information, visit https://www.ledesigngroup.com/2023_aia

Available 1 Learning Unit (LU) sessions include:

  • 2023 Smart Buildings Trends - What do developers want, What Tenants Need
  • What Do Life Science and Lab Spaces Need for Technology Infrastructure
  • Understanding Office-to-Residential Conversions 

Leading Edge Design Group Launches High Performance Research Computing 2022 Trends and Insights Survey

July 11, 2022
Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) is pleased to announce the launch of the High Performance Research Computing 2022 Trends and Insights Survey. LEDG created the survey to gather information for our customers, partners, and the industry to provide important information for organizations grappling with the increased demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) . HPC is typically an enterprise-wide service that provides the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities needed for innovative and collaborative research activities often created by non-profit/government funded grants, for-profit competitive discovery processes, and other market growth initiatives. The survey is aimed to gather and share insights for designing, planning, and implementing scalable, adaptable, and efficient research computing data centers and infrastructure to support current and future HPC demands. LEDG will also be hosting a HPC Forum on September 14 to review the results with survey participants. For questions or to participate in the the invitation-only survey and forum, please email Colin Buckley at cjb@ledesigngroup.com. The survey is open to HPC, IT, and Research leaders in Higher Education, Life Sciences, and Healthcare.