Digital Dream Team offers “Next Generation” in Residential Concepts Driven by IoT

The Burrard Group, developers of the 383-unit NEXUS condominium tower in downtown Seattle, recently announced a collaboration with Seattle-based IoT company Sirqul to establish a new product category for residential real estate – the smart connected building.

“Seattle is ready for NEXUS,” said Christian Chan, Executive Vice President of Burrard. “It’s about time that a city recognized globally for progress, innovation and technology meets a residential community that can keep pace.”

Chan appointed Robert Frederick, President and CEO of Sirqul, to chair a committee that will deliver the high-tech platform at NEXUS. The committee, consisting of leading experts in development, technology and consumer lifestyle marketing, will assist the Sirqul team in conceptualizing and programming an agnostic system that combines cutting-edge smart devices and cloud services into a custom app for residents, guests, building staff and 3rd party providers. The system will implement best-in-class technologies, including proprietary hardware that is being developed by Sirqul for the project, into the NEXUS building upon completion in 2019.

Frederick is an MIT grad and MIT Technology Review Magazine TR 100 award winner who has authored 32 issued patents and participated in numerous social and tech startups. He also led Amazon’s first efforts in mobile and voice recognition with Amazon Anywhere in 1999. In 2002, Frederick became the technical co-founder and chief architect of Anywhere’s evolution into Amazon Web Services (AWS), a new cloud offering that changed application development and disrupted traditional software business models.

“Smart spaces within residential communities will eventually be as expected as indoor plumbing, but it takes thought leaders like Burrard Group to change the paradigm,” said Frederick. “Together we aim to deliver a future-proof environment that will greatly enhance the lifestyle offering of NEXUS while improving the overall efficiency of its operation.”

Burrard and Sirqul are in the process of establishing the NEXUS Living Lab, a facility located in the forthcoming NEXUS Sales Center, where the team will review and test the latest evolutions in home automation and smart systems involving lighting, climate control, security, entertainment, plugs and appliances, just to name a few. Other innovative explorations include voice and gesture activation, and proximity detection systems. Upon opening in January 2017, buyers, brokers, and the general public will be invited into the Living Lab to join the conversation and take part in the demonstration of these pioneering technologies.

The prospect of a tech-savvy high-rise combined with progressive architecture, robust amenities and an enviable in-city location has already drawn significant interest. Since the opening of a limited Preview Center in June 2016, prospective buyers have reserved the opportunity to pre-purchase 80% of the 383 homes, each reservation requiring a fully refundable $5,000 deposit. Reservations will be converted to binding presales commensurate with groundbreaking, scheduled for Winter 2016/17.

Dean Jones, President and CEO of Seattle-based Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty says the market is craving innovative product concepts while the opportunity for ownership at NEXUS is particularly attractive as low interest rates and escalating rents means it can actually be less expensive to own versus lease after only a few years. Reservations also mean buyers can program their future without fear of multiple offers, escalating prices or missing out.

“NEXUS is a game changer on many levels, and a sense of excitement and community has already begun to develop amongst our buyers,” adds Jones. “We haven’t even broken ground yet; imagine what a few years of programming will do. This is the condo of the future that Seattle has been waiting for.”