A Look Back at 2017
2017 was another strong year for Computrols. In February, Computrols’ administrative staff moved from the Harvey location to the new facility in Gretna, LA. With the office area still under construction, the team is borrowing space in the manufacturing area for the time being. The 10,000 square foot office space is projected to be complete in the first quarter of 2018.
Computrols also added some notable clients over the past year including East Jefferson Hospital, located about 15 miles away from company headquarters. Computrols integrated to the existing Johnson Controls system throughout the hospital’s expansive campus in Metairie, LA. Computrols also completed an HVAC controls integration at the iconic Miami Tower.
In August of 2017, we polled our newsletter subscribers to make sure we were giving them more of what they wanted to read. What we found was that subscribers wanted more frequent communication and more educational content. Since we sent the surveys, we have increased our newsletter distribution to once per month and have included at least three educational articles in each edition. Here are some of our most viewed articles from 2017:
- 3 Emerging Technology Trends in Building Automation
- From Electrical Helper to CEO
- Static Pressure Control and VAV Operation
- AHU Supply Temp Sets the Stage
On the topic of education, Computrols also presented at two conferences this year and a handful of lunch and learns throughout the country. In April, Computrols Marketing Manager, Scott Holstein, presented at the Florida Buildings Engineering & Facility Maintenance Show in Tampa, Florida. A month earlier, Computrols CEO, Drew Mire, presented at the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference/Exposition (NFMT) in Baltimore, Maryland.
2017 also marked the release of Computrols new LX Controller. Besides a complete upgrade in computing power, these controllers provide better security, a flexible USB port, a cross-platform app for commission and checkout, as well as Computrols’ new WireCheck feature.
A Look Ahead to 2018
In January, Computrols will be honored in the inaugural class of UNO25 (University of New Orleans). UNO25 identifies, recognizes, and celebrates 25 high-impact UNO-owned or UNO-led businesses. Both Computrols CEO, Drew Mire, and Director of Research and Development, Mike Donlon, will be receiving this honor as alumni of the University of New Orleans.
In 2018, Computrols is currently slated to present at five different conferences:
March 20-22 | Baltimore, MD
Speakers: Drew Mire & Bryce Jacobs
Topic: Machine Learning in HVAC Control
March 21-22 | Boston, MA
Speaker: Mike Donlon
Topic: Optimal Virtual Metering in Building Automation
April 8-11 | Dallas, TX
Speaker: Drew Mire
Topic: Technology Trends Impacting Building Automation Systems in Healthcare Facilities
May 2-3 | Anaheim, CA
Speaker: Drew Mire
Topic: Technology Trends in Building Automation and Their Effect on Facility Management
August 3-5 | Washington, D.C.
Speakers: Drew Mire and David Handwork (Arkansas State University)
Topic: Understanding the Lifecycle Cost of a Building Automation System
According to Director of Research & Development, Mike Donlon, 2018 will also bring Computrols first cloud-based software product. He is not ready to release all of the details just yet, but he did say the new product will be an add-on to Computrols flagship CBAS software. Among its feature set will be a platform from which facility managers can view all of their sites, generate analytics, and do template based programming.
Perhaps the most anticipated part of 2018 will be the grand opening of the new office that will serve as Computrols world headquarters. Here are some photos of the construction process over the past year.