Suffolk Construction wants to revolutionize its industry.
To that end, the Boston-based company, which operates South Florida headquarters in West Palm Beach, will launch incubators in six cities, including Miami.
Dubbed Smart Labs, the facilities are aimed at gathering innovative people tasked with identifying, testing and scaling technologies that could be used to improve the construction experience.
“We believe our Smart Labs are on the front lines of an industry disruption that will change the way buildings are designed and built,” said Chris Mayer, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at Suffolk. “We are excited to reinforce a culture of invention and curiosity – both in our own people and within the industry.”
Suffolk Smart Labs will be equipped with technologies such as data walls, which display predictive analytics and operational performance metrics; virtual reality “caves,” allowing clients to virtually tour a building before it’s created; and job site feeds, where live streaming and time lapse footage of existing projects can be viewed.
Suffolk debuted the Smart Labs concept in New York City this year and will open its second this month, in San Francisco. By 2018, Miami, in addition to Tampa, Boston and Los Angeles, will have a Smart Lab, too.