Open and collaborative work space is a big part of the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center. this second story area overlooks Stewart St. and the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

11 images giving you a peek inside Dayton's newest innovation hub

Emerson Climate Technologies makes things that control appliances and larger systems. Now they just have a new playground to test them.

The St. Louis-based company is opening a new 40,000-square-foot Helix Innovation Center today at 40 W. Stewart St. in Dayton. In it, you'd never guess that they have a full two-story home, 2,500-square-foot grocery store and 1,500-square-foot working restaurant kitchen.

So what cool stuff do the staff and University of Dayton engineering students there have to play with? A look inside:

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OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO SEE

Full house

Bill Bosway, Emerson group vice president, solutions and technology, walks toward a full-scale two-story house at Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center used to test HVAC systems and appliances with an intricate set of sensors.

Sensors all over

This interior view of a full-scale two-story house at Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center. The home is loaded with sensors to monitor temperature and humidity. The HVAC system is also monitored for performance and energy consumption.

Testing appliances

A humidifier runs inside a full-scale two-story house at Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center. The home is loaded with sensors to monitor the climate. The HVAC system is also monitored for performance and energy consumption.

Full-size market

Rajan Rajendran, Emerson vice president for systems innovation and sustainability, talks about the Market at Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center. The market is loaded with sensors to monitor the climate and performance of the coolers. The HVAC system is also monitored for performance and energy consumption.

Test kitchen

A commercial kitchen is part of the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center. The Kitchen is loaded with sensors to monitor the climate and performance of the appliances. The HVAC system is also monitored for performance and energy consumption.

Collecting data

A computer server room is part of the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center. Emerson employees have curtained the server racks with plastic to study localized cooling of the servers, rather than the entire room. Sensors are placed throughout the room and within the contained servers.

Even more on the roof

Highly reflective roofing material is part of the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center where a wide variety of HVAC systems are installed and used to control the climate in all of the test areas.

Looks relaxing, no?

Open and collaborative work space is a big part of the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center. This second-story area overlooks Stewart Street and the tthe Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Meet the neighbors

A sweeping view of Dayton and the Montgomery County Fairgrounds from the second floor of the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center.

Where the work gets done

Workspace in the main room of the Emerson Climate Technologies Helix Innovation Center.

Unique environment

This open stairway from the lobby leads to meeting rooms, a break area and collaboration pods on the second floor, some offering the view of the city and the fairgrounds.

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