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T h E l E ad ER SEPTEMBER 2017 21 form the majority of their transactions. With a growth of 15-20 percent for digital services and an 80 percent increase in demand for high-value products and services, ANZ's retail flagship is a timely project that brings a whimsical flair to banking. CBRE: Floored acquisition and Vantage software Innovative thinkers around the globe, particularly startups, are conjuring sharp ideas and cutting-edge technology every day. For CBRE, it was a no-brainer to acquire the up-and-coming startup, Floored, Inc. Comprised of 45 software engineers and 3D visual artists, the startup had developed two visualization soft- ware products it was offering at the time of acquisition. CBRE's aim was to both leverage Floored products to differentiate the company in the marketplace, and to develop a technology suite spearheaded by Floored's forward-thinking leaders. The acquisi- tion itself was a bold move and unprecedented in the field of corporate real estate, showcasing CBRE's eagerness to stay ahead of the curve. Soon after the acquisition, CBRE and Floored began development on a cohesive set of 23 software products called Vantage. The innovative software is already winning over busi- nesses; CBRE has won 75 percent of their pitches that included Vantage. Says one broker who pitched to a large law firm with the assistance of Floored technology, "What is truly great about Floored plans is that it enables everyone to visualize the space in a way that was impossible before, no matter if you are the most seasoned expert or novice." Etsy: NYC headquarters Mention Etsy and most likely handmade and vintage goods come to mind. In the quest to build its new headquarters, Etsy collaborated with Gensler, consultants and numerous internal teams to create a space that matched its values and strove to meet the highest sustainable-building standards. Think artisan inspired, local and resilient materials, as well as a positive community impact. Over 68 percent of materials were sourced from local makers and manufacturers. The project included over 1,150 linear feet (350.5 l. m.) of reclaimed wood from a water tower, and more than 800 linear feet (244 l. m.) of New York City scaffolding make up the pantries and coat closets. Etsy brought life into the mix through ter- races of outdoor plants, thousands of indoor plants, and three interior green walls. Wonder- ing about water usage with all those plants? Not to worry; greenery is easily supported by a 3,500-gallon (13,248-li- ter) rainwater tank. And, to save on energy, the space is 100 percent powered by solar energy drawn from both onsite and offsite arrays. The design brings inspiration and vitality from nature, echoing Etsy's business mission to "build a more fulfilling and lasting world." LEVERTON: artificial-intelligence software LEVERTON offers welcome rest for the weary-eyed corporate real estate professional by offering artificial intelligence software that helps with document management. Smart technology is transforming how a wide spectrum of industries do business, but LEVERTON is revolutionizing the way corporate clients handle their data, bringing a new level of efficiency and confidence into the profession. Its deep-learning technology uses a neural network that mimics the way the human brain processes informa- tion. The software automates data extraction from corporate documents while providing valuable insights into lessor or lessee portfolios. LEVERTON says strategic partnerships were instru- mental in developing a system that could be integrated without disruption. The result is a unique, globally applicable solution for corporate professionals looking to lighten up their reading load. Microsoft: energy-smart buildings Imagine a world where your office climate seems to automatically adjust the temperature before you are too hot or too cold. It seems Microsoft thought up just about everything in developing its energy-smart buildings (ESB) for some of its largest campuses. Employee engagement and comfort, low-cost utilities, and a reduced impact on the environment are just a few of the ways ESB solutions are making their mark. Tapping into the buildings' pre-existing technology, ESB solutions capture data to be stored on a cloud-based platform. Such data give facilities managers the tools they need to assess areas where there is room for improvement on energy efficiency. Microsoft's combined ef- forts for energy management have resulted in a 20 percent reduc- tion in energy use, resulting in millions of dollars in utility-bill savings and an overall smaller carbon footprint. The company cites employee education as a key player in its initiative, reporting that engaged employees have become "enthusiastic champions" of expanding ESB solutions into multiple facets of the campuses. Photo: Aaron Leitz

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