Molex Vision Center Showcases Connected Building and Workspace Concepts
The Molex Vision Center
The design of workspace environments can have a significant effect on the productivity and health of a workforce. The Molex Vision Center project was designed to highlight a range of transformative workspace concepts and technologies to demonstrate the positive effects of human-centric environments.
Featuring a nonconventional workspace design, the Molex Vision Center showcases integrated digital technologies, including a range of high-performance building materials, fixtures and finishes and the Molex CoreSync smart building platform. This powerful digital infrastructure leverages Cisco network technology with CoreSync gateways, sensors, cables and software to enable dynamic and self-adjusting environments.
The digital infrastructure featured throughout the Molex Vision Center is an intelligent, low-voltage Power over Ethernet (PoE) solution that powers and controls LED lighting through the network to enable energy savings through sensor feedback. By adapting to mood, tasks and ambient lighting, the CoreSync platform creates a personalized experience that supports higher productivity. A wide variety of LED luminaires used throughout the building are sourced from CoreSync Alliance companies, a group dedicated to expanding and promoting the use of network-connected building devices.
LED luminaires in the main workspace of the building feature a bio-adaptive functionality that mimics natural daylight by gradually changing from cool temperature, high intensity in the morning to a warmer less intensive light later in the day. This functionality can be tuned to settings that add to the overall experience and satisfaction in the space. Subtle changes in lighting intensity provide a more natural environment designed to foster employee productivity and comfort. Sensors embedded in the lighting collect and feed data to a central host server to report and measure air quality, temperature, occupancy and real-time energy consumption for increased operational efficiency.
Dynamic Workspace Layout
Individual workspaces accommodate a height-adjustable desk with the option to sit or stand while working. The workspace design yields 30% space savings to accommodate collaborative areas. Unlike traditional layouts, with managerial offices occupying coveted corner offices or other perimeter spots, collaborative work areas share window access for improved health and mood across the workforce. This kind of layout promotes scalable densification, while opening up prime areas for common use.
Collaborative areas interspersed throughout the building foster a sense of teamwork. In addition to individual work areas, each of seven different “huddle rooms” can comfortably accommodate multiple people working away from their desks. Each huddle room offers a unique setting, including café décor in one, soft seating in another, and a conference table and chairs in several for those preferring a more structured setting.
To accommodate larger group productivity, multiple conference rooms in the Vision Center feature wireless light switches, Wi-Fi and device charging stations, video and teleconferencing. A wireless presentation tool allows easy single-click sharing of laptop or mobile device content on a main screen.
High-Performance Building Products
Molex sourced a range of high-performance building products from other subsidiary companies of its parent company, Koch Industries. For example: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, supplied the moisture-resistant and sound-buffering wallboard. Georgia-Pacific Professional furnished connected dispensers, restroom fixtures, design finishes and consumables. Durable, stain-resistant Invista commercial-grade fibers are woven into the distinctive patterns in space-defining carpeted areas. At the entrance of the Molex Vision Center, a prominent eye-catching mural helps Molex employees connect to the history of the company.
CoreSync Smart Building Solution
Suitable lighting is one of the most fundamental considerations for a human-centric workspace, but CoreSync’s flexible and open platform can be easily adapted to control a wide range of building functions and devices, from window shades to HVAC and room scheduling. CoreSync can collate the data from multiple devices across a facility or campus for an in-depth picture of workforce behaviors and environmental conditions. By integrating with building management systems (BMS) and other existing technologies, CoreSync can centralize the management of a range of disparate building functions, streamlining the work of facilities managers.