Siemens Industry, Inc., Buffalo Grove, Ill., announced the winners of its 2011 Smartest Building in America Challenge. This year two hospitals will share $40,000 in Siemens products and services. Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wash., took the Grand Prize, and Jackson South Community Hospital, Miami, was named Runner-Up.
Contestants were judged based on criteria including how innovatively the facility managers use their building automation systems to achieve business, efficiency and sustainability goals and how the Siemens systems have contributed to making their buildings more efficient. Submissions were evaluated for creativity and artistic merit and how well the videos submitted for entry articulated the innovations, features and capabilities orchestrated by the building owner, facility manager or consulting-specifying engineer to make the buildings “smart.”