Programs for Entrepreneurs

Smart Buildings Tech Challenge

Brooklyn Army Terminal


As the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) celebrates its 100th birthday, NYCEDC is turning to the city's rich ecosystem of smart building innovators to enhance the infrastructure and operations of this New York City landmark. The Smart Buildings Tech Challenge invites applicants to submit proposals to address three key smart building areas. Selected finalists will be invited to a pitch event this summer, and winning proposals will be contracted by NYCEDC to pilot the project at BAT.

The three Smart Buildings Tech Challenge areas are outlined below. Applicants with a market-ready solution to one or more of the challenge areas are welcome to apply.

Smart Building Challenge Areas

Metering: Technologies that increase accuracy and efficiency in electric or water metering, such as:

  • Solutions that generate data on electrical or water usage, allowing staff to create operational efficiencies that result in lower costs or lower environmental impacts 
  • Solutions that increase accuracy and ease of reading tenant electrical or water sub-meters and tenant invoicing

Maintenance: Technologies that improve maintenance of on-site infrastructure, including elevators and water pumps, such as:

  • Solutions that generate data on elevator use, allowing staff to improve elevator performance and create operational efficiencies that result in lower costs or lower environmental impacts 
  • Solutions capable of remote monitoring and control of elevator locations
  • Solutions that use technology to inform preventative maintenance, such as remote inspection of pressure, temperature, and other conditions of water pumps
  • Solutions that support proactive operations and maintenance of building infrastructure and systems, allowing for greater insight into equipment status and performance

Communication: Technologies that facilitate communication between BAT staff, tenants, and the surrounding community or applications that facilitate communication for other smart building solutions, such as:

  • Solutions that visually share key data, such as building events and opportunities, weather and transit information, news feeds, wayfinding kiosks, or emergency notifications (e.g., interactive building directory; digital signage in elevators and tenant common spaces)
  • Solutions that increase communication and collaboration between BAT staff, building tenants, and/or the surrounding Sunset Park community (e.g., BAT app for staff and tenants; maintenance request portal; digital signage to connect tenants to the nearby events/businesses)
  • Solutions that enable connectivity within an industrial setting for communication with IoT devices (e.g., solutions to improve connectivity such as boosters, repeaters, or extenders)

Selection Criteria

The applications that, in NYCEDC’s judgement, best satisfy all of the below criteria will move forward to the pitch event. The pitch process may include presenting the submitted proposal to the BAT team, submitting additional information, and participating in an interview.

  • Project Feasibility (30%): Market-ready technology, ease of technology implementation, and simplicity of technology maintenance
  • Project Impact (30%): Alignment with the challenge areas, reduced or avoided costs, lowered environmental impacts, increased connectivity, job growth potential
  • Project Cost (20%): Reasonable costs given size and scope of the project
  • Quality of Proposal (15%): Project team’s qualification and preparedness
  • Project Team Relationship to NYC (5%): Preference for project teams with a local presence such as NYC-based offices or staff

Timeline & Key Milestones

Selected Finalists Notified

Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the pitch event, and of the pitch event date, by August 15, 2018.

Additional Information

NYCEDC is committed to modernizing historic assets like BAT and has a long history of supporting New York City’s thriving tech sector and growing good jobs for New Yorkers in all five boroughs. NYCEDC has invested in entrepreneurial development programs to catalyze growth in the City’s tech community. Programs like Urbantech NYC spur innovation within the smart cities tech ecosystem through access to prototyping equipment, mentorship opportunities, and 100,000+ square feet of private and co-working space for growth-stage tech companies. Through the Smart Buildings Tech Challenge, NYCEDC seeks to continue this support for the city’s growing innovative companies by providing access to infrastructure for product development and testing. 

Located in Sunset Park, the Brooklyn Army Terminal is a modern industrial campus that taps into the rich legacy of the South Brooklyn waterfront. This 4-million-square-foot complex is home to over 100 businesses and thousands of jobs, representing manufacturing and distribution businesses, as well as over 300 artists. The unique and historic site provides an ideal waterfront location in the heart of dynamic Brooklyn, within Sunset Park’s burgeoning community of advanced manufacturing activity. Over the past few years, NYCEDC has made significant investments to transform BAT into one of the most vibrant and accessible industrial campuses in the country.

Electric Metering Details

  • BAT is a master-metered building, with electricity supplied by Con Edison. BAT tenants are sub-metered. There are approximately 225 electric meters at BAT, including tenant sub-meters.

Elevator and Water Pump Details

  • BAT features 25 freight elevators and 16 passenger elevators. There are eight domestic water pumps at BAT; each system has two pumps (lead and lag), a compression tank, and a controller.

Communication Details

  • Due to BAT’s solid construction supporting loads of up to 250 pounds per square foot, wireless communication through the building’s fortified interior can be challenging.