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Historic Ohio Skyscraper Replaces Wasteful Steel Piping System


Historic Ohio Skyscraper Replaces Wasteful Steel Piping System


After a skyscraper has been around for a few years, for some of us, it begins to fade into the skyline. And after a few decades, when buildings begin to wear around the edges, we barely notice a few of the once-majestic structures. It can be easy to forget that some of these institutions aren’t […]

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L.A’s Wilshire Grand is Now Tallest Building West of the Mississippi

L.A’s Wilshire Grand is Now Tallest Building West of the Mississippi

After workers at the Wilshire Grand placed the final segment of the tower’s rooftop spire last weekend, the building reached its final height of 1,100 feet and making it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Workers used a crane to lift the final piece of the steel spire and the building’s beacon onto the […]

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Howard Hughes Corp. Tops-Out Another Honolulu Residential High-Rise

Howard Hughes Corp. Tops-Out Another Honolulu Residential High-Rise

The Howard Hughes Corporation has topped-out Anaha, the second residential condominium tower to be completed within Ward Village, its 60-acre urban master planned community in Honolulu. Anaha is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. Ward Village has contracted to sell over 1,100 homes to date, and Anaha is currently more than 90% pre-sold. […]

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Preparing Your Elevators for a Hurricane

Preparing Your Elevators for a Hurricane

As we near the height of hurricane season and see the damaging results of massive rains in areas like Baton Rouge, building managers must understand what’s at risk if they don’t take the necessary safety precautions with their elevators during natural disasters. If your building is in a danger zone, it’s important to protect your […]

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Simpson Housing Acquires The Residence Buckhead Atlanta for $136.5 Million

Simpson Housing Acquires The Residence Buckhead Atlanta for $136.5 Million

The Residence Buckhead Atlanta, a 370-unit, luxury high-rise apartment tower situated within the Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use development in Atlanta, Georgia, has been sold for $136.5 million. HFF marketed the asset exclusively on behalf of the developer, OliverMcMillan. The buyer is Simpson Housing LLLP. HFF previously worked on behalf of the developer to arrange construction financing […]

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Hines Sells Chase Tower to Fortis Property Group

Hines Sells Chase Tower to Fortis Property Group

Hines has sold Chase Tower in Dallas to Fortis Property Group. The 55-story, Class A office tower is located at 2200 Ross Avenue in Dallas’ Arts District/Midtown area. The 1,253,615-square-foot tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and was completed in 1987. The tower’s unique architecture stands out on the Dallas skyline with its […]

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Hines Sells Dallas’ One Victory Park to Clarion Partners

Hines Sells Dallas’ One Victory Park to Clarion Partners

Hines and a German investment fund managed by Estein & Associates USA have closed on the sale of One Victory Park in Dallas to Clarion Partners. Clarion acquired the property on behalf of a commingled fund advised by the firm. Financial information related to the transaction was not disclosed. Hines was advised by HFF on […]

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70-Story Supertall in San Francisco Will be West Coast’s Most Resilient

70-Story Supertall in San Francisco Will be West Coast’s Most Resilient

The new 70-story mixed-use tower at 181 Fremont Street currently being developed by Jay Paul Company, a leading San Francisco-based real estate firm, will be the most resilient building on the West Coast of the United States, with a structural design that will set the new standards in earthquake resiliency for future urban development. With […]

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San Francisco’s 38-Story One Montgomery Tower Will Modernize Elevators

San Francisco’s 38-Story One Montgomery Tower Will Modernize Elevators

Downtown San Francisco is undergoing a dramatic transformation as new high-rise towers are currently under construction and many existing towers are being renovated. Among them is One Montgomery Tower, built in 1982, which has awarded a contract to Lerch Bates to modernize its elevators. The high-rise currently utilizes the 23 original Westinghouse elevators that were […]

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A 1970s Office Tower Modernization

A 1970s Office Tower Modernization

When renovation first began on Portland’s Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, it soon became apparent that this project was going to be a big one. The circa-1974 building was very outdated, with single-pane glazing, deterioration due to age, and 35-year-old mechanical and electrical systems.

From 2003 to 2007, the project team took the modernization project to 50% completion of construction documents, and then shelved it as it waited for Congress to provide appropriations for the building.

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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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Innovative Products >>

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 >>

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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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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Hearst Tower Wins CTBUH 10 Year Award

Hearst Tower Wins CTBUH 10 Year Award

High Rise Facilities | June 29, 2016

Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses, today announced that the Hearst Tower in New York City has been recognized by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) with its prestigious 10 Year Award. The Tower, which was designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect […]

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Kone Opens New Facility and Test Tower in Allen, Texas

Kone Opens New Facility and Test Tower in Allen, Texas

High Rise Facilities | June 21, 2016

Global elevator manufacturer Kone has opened a new U.S. facility in Allen, Texas. The 16,000 square-meter facility houses Kone Americas’ supply operations with a light manufacturing unit, major project engineering, research and development department, and other product and installation support functions. The facility also features a 40-meter tall test tower with six elevator shafts to […]

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JLL Selected to Manage 140 Broadway in Lower Manhattan

JLL Selected to Manage 140 Broadway in Lower Manhattan

High Rise Facilities | June 15, 2016

Affiliates of the Paris-based holding company FIMALAC purchased 693 Fifth Avenue, a boutique office tower located in the Plaza District, from Thor Equities for $527 million. The buyer was advised by Savitt Partners’ Michael Dubin and Bob Conover. Simultaneous to the acquisition, the new ownership appointed Savitt Partners as the exclusive leasing and management agency for the irreplaceable, high-profile […]

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Manhattan Office Leasing Activity Takes a Dip

Manhattan Office Leasing Activity Takes a Dip

High Rise Facilities | June 10, 2016

Manhattan leasing activity totaled 1.40 million sq. ft. in May, 36% below its five-year monthly average of 2.18 million sq. ft. according to a report from CBRE Group. The availability rate was unchanged over the past month and up 40 basis points (bps) from one year ago. Net absorption was negative 371,000 sq. ft. in […]

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Ameriprise Financial Signs Full-Floor Lease at One World Trade Center

Ameriprise Financial Signs Full-Floor Lease at One World Trade Center

High Rise Facilities | June 2, 2016

The Durst Organization and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced the closing of a 37,704-square-foot lease with Ameriprise Financial, Inc. for the 78th floor of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The property is now 69 percent leased. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Ameriprise Financial will move […]

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Related Group Selects Balfour Beatty to Build High-Rise Midtown Atlanta Residential Tower

Related Group Selects Balfour Beatty to Build High-Rise Midtown Atlanta Residential Tower

High Rise Facilities | June 1, 2016

The Related Group has selected Balfour Beatty Construction to build its new luxury, mixed-use residential tower in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Located at West Peachtree and 14th Street, the 39-story tower will become the tallest residential tower project built in Atlanta since 2009. Consistently ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a top 5 […]

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

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

High Rise Facilities | May 23, 2016

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

High Rise Facilities | May 16, 2016

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

High Rise Facilities | May 12, 2016

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

High Rise Facilities | May 10, 2016

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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