buildingCONNECT: The Right Tool for the Job


McKenney’s is over seventy-five years old. When my boss’ grandfather began selling and installing floor furnaces in the 1940s, the controls (such as they were) were 100% analog. To say things are different today is a monumental understatement.

In the years that have followed, McKenney’s has not only developed the process and facilities to produce the hardware needed for even the most complicated systems, but we’ve leaned into the software that’s at the core of these facilities.

In fact, we have a suite of 4 software products that move systems from barely more than the analog of the 1940s to the modern-day solution even our most demanding customers are happy to sign off on.

One of these is called Building CONNECT.

Building CONNECT is a cloud-based interface that gives administrators granular facility access anytime and anywhere. Accessing our buildings at a moment’s notice has become almost an assumption in today’s reality. And rather than setting our systems up with multiple sets of credentials for multiple equipment platforms (sometimes for multiple buildings or campuses even), Building CONNECT allows us to hand over a single set of keys when we’re finished with a facility’s controls solution.

Doubtless, we have competitors in this space, but here’s why I maintain the product McKenney’s ACS & IT teams have developed is bar-none the standard-bearer worldwide.

1. It’s Simple
Using a single URL makes navigating to your systems easier than ever.

2. It’s Multi-Platform
Any device that can access the internet is compatible with Building CONNECT.

3. It’s Cloud-Based
We chose to develop cloud-based software to give administrators robust tools to monitor system performance in real-time. Our market research notes that instant access to systems from anywhere in the world was a top priority for our customers.

4. It Pays for Itself
Access is only part of what makes Building CONNECT the primer choice for facility control. With digital tools of this caliber, administrators can manage components for peak efficiency: reducing energy and lowering overhead.

5. It Reduces Manhours
Energy costs are far and away the biggest line item you’ll carry, but when about reducing manhours? With Building CONNECT, your team can conduct routine maintenance remotely.

6. It’s Encrypted
With Building CONNECT’s state-of-the-art cybersecurity, rest easy knowing your system is working with you to mitigate any vulnerabilities.

  • Building CONNECT employs a reverse proxy client so connections can be initiated from inside the network
  • The user management portion has been third-party cyber pen tested and certified
  • Utilizes CA signed certificates to ensure all connections are properly secured
  • No special inbound firewall port requirements

7. It’s for Teams
Building CONNECT gives administrators a space to add, revoke and manage credentials for the entire team.

8. It’s Integrated & Open
Building CONNECT supports all major equipment manufacturers. This means it’ll be the only platform you ever need to monitor and control your facility.

9. It’s Unlimitedly Scalable
With Building CONNECT, you have an unlimited number of sites/systems under one log-in. It’s not just for one facility or system: a user can have access to as many systems as he or she is responsible for. This can be especially helpful for access to multiple buildings’ systems (or multiple systems across multiple buildings) from one single sign-on.

10. It’s Just the Beginning
Building CONNECT is a small part of the software suite the McKenney’s deploys:

  • Building SENSE leverages your facility’s system data for real-time decision-making to maximize building efficiency and optimization.
  • Building HEALTH gives you easy-to-understand dashboards to keep building tenants at ease.
  • Building CONTROL our OEM-agnostic control product, allowing you to control systems of all makes and models in a single interface.

These tools work in concert to give facility administrators complete access and control of the environments in their care. In the future, we’ll not only highlight these platforms but also detail the synergy that comes from leveraging all of our digital tools in tandem.

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About Stephen Johnson


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Stephen Johnson is the Vice President of the Automation & Control Solutions group at McKenney’s. This premier team—made up of control engineers and service and project management professionals—designs and implements customized automation solutions for both new and existing buildings.

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