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NEWS
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.

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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.

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NEW HIRE!
LEDG Welcomes Ryan Hennessy, Project Manager, to the Design/Build Services Team

April 6, 2022
LEDG is very excited to announce hiring a new project manager, Ryan Hennessey. He brings a diverse background in project leadership to LEDG’s data center and mission-critical infrastructure design-build team led by Bill Crane. Ryan will play an integral role in working directly with LEDG customers and partners across the U.S.

Before joining LEDG, Ryan served in the U.S. Navy and held positions in private and public sector organizations managing all phases of construction in addition to information technology (IT) and low-voltage and A/V implementations. He is a seasoned project management professional building long-term relationships with vendors and contractors, overseeing budgets, timelines, and all aspects of delivery.
Ryan resides in New Jersey with his family boating, Dungeons& Dragons, and finally going to see live concerts again! Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.

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.

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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/

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.

Southern Nevada Water Authority Chooses LEDG for Data Center Services

September 30, 2020

The Southern Nevada Water Authority
has selected Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) for the data center and telecommunications assessment for the Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility.

LEDG was awarded a professional services agreement to prepare a preliminary study to evaluate the Authority's existing communications rooms, develop recommendations, schedules, and cost estimates to repurpose, consolidate, and renovate rooms. LEDG will also prepare design drawings and specications to repurpose, consolidate, and renovate rooms for construction.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), formed in 1991, combines seven local water and wastewater agencies to address water issues on a regional basis rather than an individual water purveyor basis.

Collectively, SNWA member agencies serve more than 2.2 million residents in Southern Nevada. As the wholesale water provider, SNWA is responsible for water treatment and delivery and acquiring and managing long-term water resources for Southern Nevada.

The Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility currently treats most of the valley's drinking water. Improvements to the facility enhanced the plant's reliability and increased capacity to treat 600 million gallons a day. The addition of ozone treatment put the facility on the cutting edge of water treatment technology.

A reliable, responsive data center and telecommunications infrastructure are imperative to support technology improvements and provide support across all agencies.

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)

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)

Living in the Cloud and Staying Grounded: Healthcare IT Resiliency

June 29, 2020

We are very grateful to be able to help contribute to this new guide by our partner Fitzemeyer & Tocci. If you work in healthcare and manage information technology and data centers, this is a must-read.

As the storage and use of big data gain greater traction in medical settings, the demand for greater electronic information storage capacity continues to challenge hospital CIOs. The ability to continue to expand an on-premises data center is also challenging for healthcare real estate planners as they compete for space with high revenue hospital clinical offerings. The concept of a hybrid data center scheme, with some infrastructure, maintained on-site and the balance of storage capacity and other services on the cloud, is gaining wider acceptance. Aside from converting IT infrastructure from a capital expense to an operating one, the onus and cost of maintaining the necessary firmware, hardware, and associated security now reside with third-party cloud storage providers. The result is a different form of on-premise data center and supporting infrastructure that still demands high uptime and resilient infrastructure support systems.

The intent of this guide is to assist hospital capital planners, facilities engineers, and CIOs to optimize on-site infrastructure requirements necessary to meet today’s—and tomorrow’s—needs for resilient on-premises data centers that leverage cloud-based services.

Access the guide here

Bill Moten Appointed as Smart Buildings Practice Leader

November 6, 2019

A respected authority on Smart Buildings, Internet of Things (IoT), and Wireless solutions, Moten will specialize in collaborating with LEDG clients and industry leaders on technology transformation in the built environment. He has a proven track record for leading diverse cross-functional teams to conceptualize, develop, and implement professional technology services and solutions. Moten also brings more than 25 years of experience to LEDG in executive leadership, business development, marketing, and project management.

“Buildings are now required to deliver secure technology services and engaging, productive experiences to its occupants, all while making sure the structure is efficient, reduces costs, and has a lower environmental impact,” said Todd Boucher, Principal, LEDG. “Bill brings valued experience, leadership, and perspective to our practice and clients to bring the promise of smart buildings to reality."

”I am excited to join LEDG’s expanding Smart Buildings practice. We are at the forefront of helping clients navigate the complexities of smart building strategy and implementation as the market continues to grow exponentially,” said Moten. “We develop our practice and people, through education and innovation, to help our clients meet user demands and advance their use of technology and analytics throughout their facilities.”

LEDG's Smart Building services help architects, real estate executives, and building owners in their journey to create modern, connected facilities. LEDG provides consulting, design, engineering, and optimization services that help organizations deliver immersive experiences to users and connect these experiences with the surrounding community at large.

LEDG Opens Atlanta Office Expands Data Center and Smart Buildings Services

July 30, 2019

Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG), answering the demand for its data center and smart buildings services today announced the opening of an Atlanta regional office. The new office, located in Alpharetta, Georgia, will provide data center and smart buildings professional services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee. The expansion also supports the demand for LEDG services in industry sectors such as higher education, healthcare, high tech, and manufacturing.

“We are thrilled to open our Atlanta regional office to better serve our customers in the Southeast and expand upon the fulfilling work our team has been delivering in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for over 10 years,” stated Todd Boucher, Principal & Founder, LEDG. “Cities in the Southeast like Atlanta, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, and beyond have long been key contributors to the innovations happening in the data center and smart building markets and we look forward to partnering with our clients in the region on impactful and enduring project work.”

Jason Midlam, a veteran data center and technology industry leader, will manage the Atlanta office and provide services and support for LEDG’s Southeast regional customers.

Southeast Contact:
Jason Midlam
Southeast Market Leader
Leading Edge Design Group
404.615.5236
jlm@ledesigngroup.com
555 Northpoint Center East
Alpharetta, GA 30222

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