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The first Power over Ethernet project is currently underconstruction in San Diego. The project is at Scripps MD AndersonCancer Center for Scripps Health is a private, nonprofit,integrated health system in San Diego. This PoE building will serveas Scripps' Pilot project for PoE connected lightingsolutions. BNBuilders is the contractoron the project, and the firm has built several highly technicalprojects for other biotech, life science and healthcarecompanies.

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"Scripps was eager to implement this new technology on theirScripps MD Anderson Cancer Center project as a test pilot program,"Matthew DeMonaco, project manager at BNBuilders,tells GlobeSt.com. "This allowed all partners—design, procurement,installation, and programming—to carry forward all major lessonslearned to achieve success on their upcoming projects. It happensto be the first in San Diego."

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There are several benefits to PoE. Overall, the technology willmaximize efficiency and create an infrastructure for smart buildingfeatures at the property. DeMonaco lists a wide range of benefits,from remote HVAC controls of space, remote access/security controland manageable features from a smart phone to cost savings, Datagathering capabilities and lower operational costs. This building16,500 square feet, and lighting in the building will be powered bythe electric charge carried over Ethernet cables. The cables alsoroute data to the building's management system.

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Of course, there are challenges to building a property with thistechnology. "The PoE lighting system is designed such that it canbe installed in shared network infrastructure or be physicallysegregated," says DeMonaco. "In either case, the customer isexpected to be heavily involved in the integration of the lightingsystem into their network, since it will ultimately fall to them tomaintain and manage the IT network, or an IT partner who manages anend-user's network. "A major challenge was getting allparties conformed to the integration and delineating the scope ofwork from the network design, supply and configuration, testing,and maintenance."

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This is the first building of its kind in San Diego, butDeMonaco expects that there will be more to come. "Once allcapabilities of the POE system is implemented and successfullyused, other companies and markets will look to utilize this withintheir buildings to be more advanced, especially in the medicalfield," he says.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.