Blackbaud Inc. Headquarters Gets LED Lighting and IoT System from Current by GE

Blackbaud Inc. a cloud software company powering social good, welcomed employees to its new 172,000 square foot world headquarters. The Blackbaud world headquarters brings together 1,400 Charleston-based employees. The company incubates emerging nonprofits and teaches students to code at a camp that the company runs. As the global technology firm serving the non-profit community, it focuses on cost-effective and future-proof technology solutions.

Headquarters featuring new installation from Current by GE

Blackbaud headquarters featuring new installation from Current by GE

The headquarters building features a lighting platform from Current, powered by GE that will enable dynamic IoT business applications both now and in the future. As the largest technology company based in Charleston, South Carolina USA, Blackbaud set up a lighting infrastructure that will deliver 80 percent lighting energy savings for lighting as compared to fluorescent. The company also added sensor technology that Current by GE expects will make the space responsive to human and environmental factors and improve office productivity.

Current Worked with JLL Commercial Real Estate Management

Current by GE together with JLL commercial real estate management used a portfolio of LED fixtures to present a sophisticated look for the eco-friendly campus. The LED lighting system employs Daintree wireless controls that give it daylight harvesting capabilities through the use of natural light to offset electricity consumption for lighting.

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Daintree wireless controls--Controlscope diagram

Daintree wireless controls–Controlscope-diagram of how lighting and IoT system at Blackbaud works

The systems were installed and commissioned by Greenlight IoT. In addition to offering future energy savings, Current by GE says that the system reduces installation costs. Current also contends that the connected LED lighting solution will save an additional 20 percent in energy costs compared to a standard LED solution. Blackbaud Inc. will also reduce energy consumption with the help of zonal controls and the ability to dynamically dim Current’s LED fixtures.

Luminaires Installed at Blackbaud Headquarters

Some of the fixtures used in the installation include the LAL series of linear recessed lights and the GE Di Series of square-shaped, recessed downlights.

Current by GE--LAL4 series linear recessed lights installed at Blackbaud headquarters.

Current by GE–LAL4 series linear recessed lights installed at Blackbaud headquarters.

“As a company that embraces sustainability as a priority, Blackbaud not only wanted to build out a collaborative workspace but one that uses resources efficiently,” said Jon Olson, Blackbaud’s senior vice president and general counsel. “GE’s solution really stood out because of its compatibility with third-party sensors and software, making it easy for us to integrate other smart building devices and network architecture as needs arise.”

GE Di series square downlights installed at Blackbaud headquarters

GE Di series square downlights installed at Blackbaud headquarters

Current says that with the with Daintree’s Controlscope, Blackbaud can monitor temperature, occupancy, daylight harvesting, etc. But what makes our solution unique is that it is open on the bottom which means Blackbaud can add more sensors that are not Daintree – as long as they meet Zigbee protocols. Additionally, Current says its platform is open on the top which allows Blackbaud to leverage Current solutions partners for applications including conference room management. The company can also create their own apps.

“It is a pleasure to partner with JLL and Blackbaud to build a campus that showcases the potential of IoT-enabled lighting in commercial buildings,” said Maryrose Sylvester, president and CEO of Current by GE. “This forward-thinking approach to energy savings is a testament to the culture and mission of Blackbaud and its work around the world.”

The JLL on-site facilities team was trained to use and manage the infrastructure effectively.

The South Carolina tech firm plans to explore the use of apps and other tools to enhance the employee experience through its intelligent office environment. Examples from similar office installations have included technology such as occupancy sensors that improve the scheduling and usage of meeting rooms and smartphone apps that let employees adjust room temperatures. Employees began moving into the world headquarters in early June.