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Dallas’ McKinney & Olive 88-Percent Leased Three Months Before Opening

Dallas’ McKinney & Olive 88-Percent Leased Three Months Before Opening

Commercial real-estate giant Cushman & Wakefield has leased 40,863 square feet – encompassing two floors in the 20-story building – in McKinney & Olive, Crescent’s newest development in Dallas’ Uptown. The move to McKinney & Olive symbolizes Cushman & Wakefield’s desire to have a major presence with centralized offices in Dallas, especially important following its […]

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Moinian Begins Construction of 3 Hudson Boulevard Foundation

Moinian Begins Construction of 3 Hudson Boulevard Foundation

The Moinian Group has begun work on the foundation of 3 Hudson Boulevard, the developer’s 66-story, approximately 2 million-square-foot office tower located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards District. Set to occupy the entire square block between 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard Park from West 34th Street to West 35th Street, 3 Hudson Boulevard’s foundation sits on the densest bedrock […]

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CBRE Report Finds Manhattan’s Availability Virtually Unchanged

CBRE Report Finds Manhattan’s Availability Virtually Unchanged

Manhattan leasing activity totaled 2.04 million square feet in April, 7% below its five-year monthly average of 2.20 million sq. ft. The availability rate increased 20 basis points (bps) over the past month, and 10 bps from one year ago. Net absorption was negative 413,000 sq. ft. in April, bringing the year-to-date total to negative […]

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Otis is Building World’s Tallest Elevator Test Tower in China

Otis is Building World’s Tallest Elevator Test Tower in China

Otis China will build a new elevator test tower in Shanghai as part of a new global research and development facility. Planned at approximately 270 meters (885 feet) in height, the new test tower is anticipated to be the tallest above-ground test tower in the world upon completion. Currently, the tallest is the ThyssenKrupp elevator […]

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Innovative Elevator System to Make Debut at Atlanta High-Rise

Innovative Elevator System to Make Debut at Atlanta High-Rise

Last month, Portman and Georgia Institute of Technology gathered civic and business leaders in a parking lot on Atlanta’s Tech Square to announce Coda, a new “Class T” (for technology) high-rise. The approximately 750,000 square-foot mixed-use project represents a $375 million investment into the budding innovation district. Within the development, 620,000 square feet will be […]

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High-Rise Facilities Need Dynamic Emergency Action Plans

High-Rise Facilities Need Dynamic Emergency Action Plans

The training is complete. The employees leave with their notebooks and go back to their offices. The notebooks go on the shelf. The crisis and emergency action plan (EAP) training session is over. Management is happy. It all looks good on paper, right? As the weeks and months pass, the notebooks remain on the shelf, […]

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NYU Langone Medical Center Leases Entire 222 East 41st Street High-Rise

NYU Langone Medical Center Leases Entire 222 East 41st Street High-Rise

NYU Langone Medical Center has signed a 30-year lease for the entirety of Columbia Property Trust’s 25-story office tower at 222 East 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan. The triple-net lease encompasses all 389,522 square feet of Class-A office space at the building, including all 25 floors and the lobby, common areas and parking garage. NYU […]

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High-Rise Condo Tower in Manhattan’s Seaport District Begins Sales

High-Rise Condo Tower in Manhattan’s Seaport District Begins Sales

Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District, Fortis Property Group’s all-glass residential tower 1 Seaport rises 60-stories above the waterfront offering unobstructed river and city skyline views from nearly every residence. “1 Seaport contributes significantly to the resurgence of this historic district amidst expanding options for retail and dining, making it one of […]

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High-Rise San Diego Courthouse Topping-Out This Week

High-Rise San Diego Courthouse Topping-Out This Week

California-based contractor Rudolph and Sletten will top-out the new San Diego Central Courthouse this week. The 25-story, $555 million project is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2017 and will combine several of The Superior Court of San Diego County’s spaces while offering a full-service facility for criminal, civil, probate, family, and small […]

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Santiago Calatrava Designed Dubai Tower May Become World’s Tallest

Santiago Calatrava Designed Dubai Tower May Become World’s Tallest

A Santiago Calatrava-designed concept tower at Dubai Creek Harbour may become the world’s tallest  – although the official height has not yet been revealed. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chose the design by Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava Valls from an international pitch. The Tower, which will include a boutique […]

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Earthquakes and Elevators: Seismic Detection Devices in High-Rises

Earthquakes and Elevators: Seismic Detection Devices in High-Rises

An earthquake, even a light one, can distort or break the precisely aligned components of an elevator system. Possible damage due to a seismic event includes derailed counterweights (which could collide with the cabs), damaged or unseated wire rope and broken or damaged rails or guide rollers. Even a small tremor could bend a rail […]

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Elevator Maintenance Delivery Practice Trends

Elevator Maintenance Delivery Practice Trends

The cost of elevator preventive maintenance continues to be on the rise. Additionally, recent industry trends with maintenance agreements now containing obsolescence clauses have significantly changed maintenance coverage and whether all parts of an elevator system are or are no longer covered. Recent Code changes requiring a Maintenance Control Plan (MCP) have also impacted a […]

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Sustainable High-Rise >>

Denver High-Rise Sets a New Standard for Federal Buildings

Denver High-Rise Sets a New Standard for Federal Buildings

It’s always exciting when major green building projects are complete. But what really happens after they’re done? Do the MEP systems perform as planned? Are energy savings occurring at the level expected? Are tenants and occupants more comfortable?

For the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building modernization and renovation project, the answer is a resounding yes.

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LEED Construction Outpacing Conventional Construction in the U.S.

LEED Construction Outpacing Conventional Construction in the U.S.

The USGBC has released its annual Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The per capita ranking highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. “Green construction is quickly outpacing conventional construction in the U.S.,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding […]

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Energy & Power Management >>

Power Monitoring in High-Rises: Three Perspectives, One Goal

Power Monitoring in High-Rises: Three Perspectives, One Goal

Everyone is interested in lowering their costs. Monitoring power and energy consumption offers a way to accomplish that goal in a large commercial space. Typical commercial facilities contain common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, elevators, and mechanical/electrical spaces. The interior is also occupied by tenants with various power needs. A building owner, a facility manager, […]

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Inside High-Rise Facilities: Building-Integrated Photovoltaics

Inside High-Rise Facilities: Building-Integrated Photovoltaics

A building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) system integrates photovoltaic modules into the building envelope itself: typically in the roof or façade (or both). A BIPV system can simultaneously act as building envelope material and a power generator, offering the potential for material cost savings. For instance, building integrated photovoltaics may be used in place of traditional […]

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Security & Access Control >>

Mobile Access Opens New Doors for Property Managers and Tenants

Mobile Access Opens New Doors for Property Managers and Tenants

When Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide rolled out its new mobile access solution in November 2014, the initiative demonstrated the many benefits of replacing keys with phones for opening hotel doors. It also showcased the value of this new access control model in any large high-rise facility. Starwood’s new system turns smart devices into trusted […]

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6 Trends in Automating High-Rise Lobby Security

6 Trends in Automating High-Rise Lobby Security

The opening of One World Trade Center this year is a tangible and celebrated reminder of the day security in America changed. After 9/11, high-rise buildings had no choice but to take visible security steps to protect tenants. While the expense of security has limited movement by some, many buildings have made security a priority. […]

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Turnstiles to Control Elevator Access Improve Office Tower Security

Turnstiles to Control Elevator Access Improve Office Tower Security

Smarter Security, Inc., provider of premium, innovative entrance control and outdoor security solutions, today announced a financial institution recently installed Fastlane Glassgate 250 optical turnstiles in its new headquarters building in the northeastern United States. As a proponent of LEED certification, the end user appreciated the energy efficiency of Fastlane® and trusted the extensive experience […]

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Trane Introduces Intelligent Services Portfolio of Energy Management Solutions

Trane Introduces Intelligent Services Portfolio of Energy Management Solutions

Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has introduced Trane Intelligent Services. This portfolio of energy management systems and services is designed to help building owners and managers transform building data into actionable insights that optimize building performance and impact business outcomes. “As an experienced […]

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Lighting & Interiors >>

Beyond Lighting: The Future of IT and Light Fixture Integration

Beyond Lighting: The Future of IT and Light Fixture Integration

Light has been around as long as the human race. First came fire – primitive, serving a dual purpose of heating and illumination. Fire, as a technology, was around for thousands of years. Relatively recently (roughly 100 years ago), incandescent light was invented. This light source remains in use today, and involves a relatively simple […]

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Making the Most of Every Square Foot of Office Space

Making the Most of Every Square Foot of Office Space

Facilities managers who occupy real estate inside high-rise buildings must make the most of every square foot of interior office space. Office buildings are like budgets – just as financial managers look to squeeze value out of every single dollar, facilities managers must similarly look to extract utility from all available space on their floors. […]

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Building Envelope & Facade Access >>

How Engineers Are Protecting 432 Park Avenue’s Concrete from the Elements

How Engineers Are Protecting 432 Park Avenue’s Concrete from the Elements

Standing at 1,397′ 432 Park Avenue is now the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere & truly is a spectacular feat of design, engineering & construction – the sheer size of the tower required over 70,000 cubic yards of concrete & 12,500 tons of rebar. On a remarkably clear day, while driving across the […]

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Protect Your High-Rise from the Elements with Glass Rainscreens

Protect Your High-Rise from the Elements with Glass Rainscreens

Building façades serve a dual purpose: they create the visual identity of a building, and, more importantly, repel the elements – wind, rain, heat, and cold – in order to maintain a watertight enclosure and protect the structure. Cracks, crevices, or other openings in exterior shells – even minute breaks in the surface – can […]

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Fire & Life Safety >>

Dispelling Some Common High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Myths

Dispelling Some Common High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Myths

Automatic sprinkler systems have enjoyed an enviable record of protecting life and property for over 100 years. Yet, there are still common misunderstandings about the operation and effectiveness of automatic fire sprinkler systems. The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), a non-profit association representing fire sprinkler contractors, would like to dispel some of those myths. AFSA believes that the installation […]

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Indoor Communications: A Critical Component of Life Safety

Indoor Communications: A Critical Component of Life Safety

Supporting wireless communications in high-rise buildings has become a necessity for facility managers and owners. While it may not be the first amenity that comes to mind to give a high-rise building a competitive advantage, there’s no service more important to communications or critical to life safety. In today’s wireless world, no one will lease […]

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Gemini Rosemont Acquires High-Rise Office Tower in Downtown San Diego

Gemini Rosemont Acquires High-Rise Office Tower in Downtown San Diego

High Rise Facilities | April 13, 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico-based Gemini Rosemont has acquired the 19-story 610 West Ash commercial office building in San Diego. The acquisition of the office tower adds 177,489 rentable square feet of Class A office space to the company’s portfolio. The company now owns 114 buildings in 21 states across the U.S. The building was purchased […]

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Chinese Buyer Acquires Midtown High-Rise in Off-Market Purchase

Chinese Buyer Acquires Midtown High-Rise in Off-Market Purchase

High Rise Facilities | April 8, 2016

MHP Real Estate Services announced the acquisition of 850 Third Avenue, in partnership with Chinese conglomerate HNA Property Holdings, from previous owner Shorenstein Properties. MHP will be the operating partner of the joint venture, with HNA serving as majority partner. The off-market purchase of the 617,000-square-foot office building, located between East 51st and 52nd streets, […]

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Chicago Developer, Nashville Entrepreneur Team-Up on High-Rise

Chicago Developer, Nashville Entrepreneur Team-Up on High-Rise

High Rise Facilities | April 6, 2016

Veteran real-estate developer Bill Smith, owner of real-estate development company Smithfield Properties LLC, is joining forces with entrepreneurs Aubrey Preston and Taylor Preston to propose a mixed-use real-estate development at the southern edge of downtown Nashville. Proposed for 6th Avenue South and Ash Street, just south of Lafayette Street, the project would transform a four-acre […]

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JEMB Repositions 75 Broad Street, Retains NGKF as Leasing Agent

JEMB Repositions 75 Broad Street, Retains NGKF as Leasing Agent

High Rise Facilities | April 4, 2016

New York City-based JEMB Realty, a privately held real estate development, investment and management company, has retained Newmark Grubb Knight Frank as leasing agent for 75 Broad Street as part of a repositioning effort for the 35-story, 750,000 SF office property. The repositioning project will include lobby enhancements, state-of-the-art pre-built space and common corridor and […]

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Minneapolis’ Historic Baker Center to Undergo Major Renovation

Minneapolis’ Historic Baker Center to Undergo Major Renovation

High Rise Facilities | March 30, 2016

Minneapolis’ historic Baker Center – a four building, 1,061,752-square-foot office and retail property located in the heart of the Minneapolis Central Business District – will be undergoing major renovations soon. After more than a year of planning, the property will receive improvements to the exterior; street and skyway-level common areas; and private office spaces. Construction […]

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Talent Agency ICM Takes Top 5 Floors in Century City High-Rise

Talent Agency ICM Takes Top 5 Floors in Century City High-Rise

High Rise Facilities | March 28, 2016

ICM Partners is expanding its Los Angeles corporate headquarters in Century City. The talent and literary agency will remain at the same address, 10250 Constellation Boulevard, also known as Constellation Place, but will relocate from its current three-story space on floors 7, 8 and 9 to the top five floors of the 35-story high rise. […]

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Largest Tenant in Manhattan’s Largest Office Tower Renews Lease

Largest Tenant in Manhattan’s Largest Office Tower Renews Lease

High Rise Facilities | March 23, 2016

McGraw Hill Financial has renewed its 900,027-square-foot lease at New Water Street Corp.’s 55 Water Street in Downtown Manhattan. The multi-year renewal includes the entire 34th through 46th floors—along with a portion of the concourse and 52nd floor. “This lease renewal is the culmination of our efforts to upgrade 55 Water Street via a significant capital improvement plan,” […]

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Glass Slide Airlifted into Place atop Los Angeles’ US Bank Tower

Glass Slide Airlifted into Place atop Los Angeles’ US Bank Tower

High Rise Facilities | March 21, 2016

On Saturday, US Bank Tower’s newest attraction, an all-glass slide, was airlifted via helicopter onto the 69th floor observation deck at the iconic high-rise in downtown Los Angeles. Opening on June 25, 2016, OUE Skyspace LA will be California’s tallest open-air observation deck and the premiere destination for 360-degree views of Los Angeles. In addition […]

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Otis Elevator to Provide 22 Elevators for Prominent Seattle High-Rise

Otis Elevator to Provide 22 Elevators for Prominent Seattle High-Rise

High Rise Facilities | March 21, 2016

Otis Elevator has entered into a multimillion-dollar agreement with Schnitzer West to supply elevators and escalators for Madison Centre, a prestigious 37-story high-rise development in Seattle. This high-tech, LEED Gold certified tower is located at one of Seattle’s best known intersections and will incorporate the latest innovations in workplace effectiveness and smart design for an […]

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Douglaston Development’s New Brooklyn Luxury Rental Tower Tops Out

Douglaston Development’s New Brooklyn Luxury Rental Tower Tops Out

High Rise Facilities | March 18, 2016

Douglaston Development has topped-out its high-rise 2 North 6th Place, Brooklyn’s newest mixed-use waterfront development. The 40-story rental tower will include 554 designer residences, a ground floor retail space and parking for 160 cars. This project completes the last phase of Douglaston’s residential community along the Williamsburg waterfront. In total, The Edge, 1 North 4th […]

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