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Property Management company expands access control installation with Brivo

Brivo Systems : 11 December, 2009  (Application Story)
The Brivo ACS WebService has provided ease of security expansion at Grubb Ventures to include lift control and provide efficiency in building management services
Property Management company expands access control installation with Brivo
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Brivo Systems has announced that Grubb Ventures are continuing to expand their Brivo ACS WebService installation to cover more doors and integrate with elevators systems to provide enhanced security for their tenants. ASG Security is the integrator in charge of the on-going project.

For 50 years, the Grubb companies have been leaders in providing customers and partners with superior residential, commercial, and development products and services in the Charlotte and Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Cary) markets of North Carolina. Grubb Ventures commands premium lease rates for its properties at the Glenwood Place office complex, and in return tenants expect superior service and amenities—including excellent building security.

"Previously, we had access control in one of our buildings," said Bill Burgess, Facilities Manager for Grubb Ventures, "but it wasn't user-friendly at all. We had to do manual archiving every month, it worked erratically, and we generally just had too many problems." In 2006, Grubb sought to significantly upgrade access control and overall security at their building complex. At that time, Burgess wanted an access control solution he could "test drive" and implement over time as his needs expanded.

Grubb Ventures deployed Brivo ACS WebService first in the 110,000-square foot 3700 Glenwood Place building. Through mid-2007, Grubb had installed Brivo in some of its buildings covering about 40 doors. After this gradual roll-out, Grubb then standardized on Brivo ACS WebService. "Now Brivo is all I install," said Burgess To date, Burgess and ASG Security have installed nine Brivo ACS panels, covering more than 60 doors in eight buildings that manage daily access for more than 1,000 staff and customers from a highly diverse base of commercial clients.

The elevators in the newer 3700 Glenwood Place building are a Schindler Machine Room-less system, and for the first time, ASG integrated the Brivo solution with this top-of-the line elevator system. After regular business hours, the Brivo access control system provides elevator access only to specific people going to certain floors during multiple, pre-programmed time periods. This successful integration has created a compelling precedent for future elevator-access control integrations in other buildings and for potential integration with HVAC data to better manage resources and cut costs.

Grubb Ventures boasts a number of high-profile corporate tenants such as banks and investment advisors, as well as several state boards and agencies that require a high degree of management control to ensure the safety of staff, records, and assets.

In addition to real-time protection provided by the complementary access control and video surveillance systems, if tenants want to investigate an incident or request a report, Burgess and staff can comply easily and immediately. "We didn't have to buy software—it's all managed by Brivo. We pay one monthly fee, all upgrades are included, and the price doesn't change," concluded Burgess. And the results speak for themselves: after more than four years of system operations, Burgess reports that "break-ins and thefts have just about gone to zero—that's a huge asset for us and for our tenants."
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