United Technologies (UTC) opened a showcase center last Tuesday that has already brought 380 new jobs to Palm Beach Gardens.
The new 224,000 square-foot, glass-enclosed building is a museum-like showcase center of the best new technology from around the world that is designed to reduce energy use in big buildings. This includes glass-encased, energy-efficient elevators and escalators, ductless air conditioning, apps for smart phones, and AutomatedLogic, an automation system that links together all building systems. The devices on display are designed to reduce energy use by 60%, water use by 36%, carbon dioxide by 60%, and outside water by 100%, according to UTC.
The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings has already brought nearly 400 jobs to Palm Beach Gardens and promises to hire 100 more people over the next few years with annual salaries averaging $85,000-$91,000. The center expects to host 5,800 visitors this year and estimates more than $600 million economic impact.
During the opening ceremony last week, Governor Rick Scott said UTC is bringing good, high-paying jobs to the people of South Florida as well as developing Palm Beach County's innovation corridor.
UTC is a Connecticut-based company that has 55,000 employees around the world and net sales of $17.8 billion. Stop by the new center and see the latest technology the world has to offer: 13995 Pasteur Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.