Situated just outside of Baltimore and only a short drive from Washington, D.C., Paragon at Columbia Overlook apartments neighboring Columbia, MD, offers the best in suburban tranquility, thoughtful design and unparalleled access to the area. The property touts being a NGBS Green Certified community with eco-friendly amenities and energy-conscious apartments, all of which was considered as part of the system design. We worked closely with both the general contractor and end user to ensure we provided the amenities expected by their tenants as well as the advances in technology that such a community is expected to include.
Amenities included in the design were:
- Central management of the audio/video system from an iPad for audio and TV control throughout the clubhouse
- Accessibility for tenants to make selections for the areas they were in via touchscreens in the facility.
- Occupancy sensors to turn off equipment when rooms were no longer occupied
- A variety of options for sources (Internet radio, Cable boxes, etc.)
- Commercial grade televisions
- Audio throughout the facility, including outdoors at the pool and pavilion
- Provisions for a fitness area and interoperability of third party fitness equipment as well as an option for tenants to connect their preferred source (iPod, etc.)
- Tenant buildings
- Access control at building entry points so they building can remain locked and accessed only by those authorized
- Telephone entry for ease of visitor access at the main door
- Access control for storage at each building as well as the Adventure building and Greenhouse, all of which can be controlled and configured as each tenant is authorized
- Wireless connectivity to each of the 8 buildings on the property so all control and configurations can be done from the property management office
The result was a property that was on the cutting edge of technology and offered amenities longed for by the tenants which moved in. They felt secure in their apartment as well as feeling they had access to the latest in amenities right on the property.