Construction Technology at 500 West 2nd Street

  • Oct 30, 2017

By Erin Bettison, Marketing Manager 

The Beck Group recently completed construction on 500 West 2nd Street. The building is the newest high-rise office development in urban Austin and regional home to tech giant, Google.

While making an impressive vertical impact on capital city’s evolving skyline, there’s more happening inside 500 West 2nd than 29 floors of rentable space. In fact, the building is as forward thinking and efficient as the employees who call it their home-away-from-home every Monday through Friday.

One of the building’s most unique features is the destination dispatch elevator system – the first of its kind in an Austin office building. Destination dispatch is a software optimized to increase travel efficiency in buildings with high numbers of elevator users.

The advanced dispatching system directs passengers to the elevator that will get them to their destination in the shortest amount of time. The system is so efficient, one could argue it’s the equivalent to the Google experience, delivering efficiency and productivity at the highest level.

Tablet kiosks on each floor in the building allow users to input their destination, and the software organizes people based on the floor they’re traveling to. The number of elevator stops is reduced, thereby improving the efficiency of the building’s elevator traffic.

Beck coordinated the build-out of the technology needed to host this type of system and conducted multiple rounds of testing to ensure it was working properly before tenants moved into their new offices.

Other notable features of this project include the use of building information modeling, or BIM, by Beck’s Virtual Building Group. BIM is a 3D model-based process that gives experts in architecture, engineering, and construction the insight to efficiently plan, design and construct buildings.

Drone video technology was also used to document construction accuracy in the field and to monitor progress for client and design stakeholders.

To learn more about the features of Austin’s premier high rise, visit Construction News.