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SL Green and Jeff Sutton Sell Student Dormitory High-Rise at 180 Broadway

SL Green and Jeff Sutton Sell Student Dormitory High-Rise at 180 Broadway

SL Green Realty and billionaire developer Jeff Sutton, have sold their Pace University dormitory high-rise at 180 Broadway for $222.5 million. The deal includes all their interests, including their fee position and retail condominium unit. SL Green owns the dormitory portion while Sutton owns the retail. the buyer was not immediately disclosed. 180 Broadway is […]

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Optical Turnstile Reads QR Code from Visitor Smartphone to Allow Entry

Optical Turnstile Reads QR Code from Visitor Smartphone to Allow Entry

Smarter Security, a provider of entrance control and outdoor security solutions, has announced the availability of FastScan TVS PS, which is the latest model of the tenant/visitor system the company first released in 2008. The PS model allows the use of two modern technologies, QR codes and smartphones, to assist visitors in quickly and securely […]

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Six Tips to Keep Building Occupants Safe from Summer Fire Hazards

Six Tips to Keep Building Occupants Safe from Summer Fire Hazards

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), summer fires rank second in incidence rates compared to other seasons, averaging almost 5,000 fires per day. “During the summer, we are most concerned with fire hazards associated with fireworks,” said Jamie Samide, Senior Director of Marketing, Cintas, a provider of fire protection services. “However, grills, camp […]

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CBRE Named Exclusive Leasing Agent for Jersey City’s Harborside

CBRE Named Exclusive Leasing Agent for Jersey City’s Harborside

CBRE has been selected as exclusive office and retail leasing agent for developer Mack-Cali’s transformation of Harborside, one of the most successful mixed-use office complexes in the tri-state area. The CBRE team of Lee Cross, Suzanne Macnow, Gerry Miovski, David Opper, Mark Ravesloot, Arkady Smolyansky and Peter Turchin will represent Harborside’s office component, while Jay […]

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator Developing “Game-Changing” Maintenance Solutions

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Developing “Game-Changing” Maintenance Solutions

ThyssenKrupp Elevator maintains more than 1.1 million elevators worldwide, including those at some of the world’s most iconic buildings, like the new One World Trade Center in New York. At the 102-story skyscraper, ThyssenKrupp’s elevators will carry an estimated 3.5 million people every year. Traveling at 23 miles an hour, the building’s elevators are the […]

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4 World Trade Center Signs First Private Sector Tenant

4 World Trade Center Signs First Private Sector Tenant

After months of negotiations, global technology company MediaMath has signed a 15-year, 106,000 square foot lease at 4 World Trade Center according to a statement from Silverstein Properties. The company will consolidate its more than 300 NY-based employees from three Midtown locations into the 44th, 45th, and 46th floors of 4 World Trade Center when […]

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Groundbreaking for AFL-CIO Funded 48-Story Chicago Residential High-Rise

Groundbreaking for AFL-CIO Funded 48-Story Chicago Residential High-Rise

A groundbreaking ceremony took place this morning at Wolf Point West Tower featuring more than one hundred and fifty workers and local labor leaders. Wolf Point West Tower is a $160 million, 48-story multifamily project being built in Chicago. The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) indirectly provided a $34 million equity investment in the project, […]

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National Elevator Industry, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years of Leadership

National Elevator Industry, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years of Leadership

The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first recorded meeting of the Elevator Manufactures’ Association (EMA), which later became NEII. In 1914, the first meeting took place in the Iroquois Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y. The trade organization was initially established in response to changing urban environments and the need […]

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Law Firm Leases Top Floors of New Uptown Dallas High-Rise

Law Firm Leases Top Floors of New Uptown Dallas High-Rise

Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin LLP has preleased 75,000 square feet at the new McKinney & Olive office building in Uptown Dallas. Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC broke ground June 19, and construction is now underway at the development located at 2021 McKinney Avenue. The Class A+ office space will include 480,000 square feet, with […]

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Empire State Realty Trust Acquires Interests in Two Manhattan High-Rises

Empire State Realty Trust Acquires Interests in Two Manhattan High-Rises

Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) has acquired the ground and operating leases at a pair of manhattan high-rises. At the 26-story office tower 112 West 34th Street ESRT picked up the ground and operating leases along with the ground lease at the 37-story office tower 1400 Broadway for a total of approximately $734 million in […]

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Changing Skylines: Tall Building Construction is on the Rise

Changing Skylines: Tall Building Construction is on the Rise

With everything the U.S. economy has endured in the last decade, who would have thought that the development and construction of high-rise towers in major cities would be on the rise? Despite the recession, the events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the real estate market collapse, a recent report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) – Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013 – says that high-rise construction is increasing again across the country. [...]

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Developer Acquires Hudson Yards Site for Chinese Targeted High-Rise

Developer Acquires Hudson Yards Site for Chinese Targeted High-Rise

A joint venture of Siras Development, a New York-based luxury real estate development group and Kuafu Properties, the New York-based Chinese real estate investment and development company, have completed the acquisition of a prime development site in Midtown Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, comprising five adjacent parcels located at the southeast corner of 38th Street and 11th […]

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Hawaii Updates Elevator Codes, Requires Written Maintenance Program

Hawaii Updates Elevator Codes, Requires Written Maintenance Program

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) has adopted new elevator standards effective this month. The adoption of the proposed administrative rules will bring elevator standards up to the 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards for new elevators and the 2011 ASME code for existing elevators. The revised rules also […]

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Lerch Bates Promotes Ron Welts to San Francisco Regional Manager

Lerch Bates Promotes Ron Welts to San Francisco Regional Manager

Industry veteran Ron Welts has been promoted to regional manager of Lerch Bates’ San Francisco office. He previously served as project manager, elevator consulting group, providing vertical transportation consulting services for designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Northern California. Ron quickly established himself in the vertical transportation market of Northern California after joining Lerch […]

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High Rise Facilities Visits the World Trade Center Site

High Rise Facilities Visits the World Trade Center Site

High Rise Facilities’ editorial director, Travis Barrington, recently toured the World Trade Center (WTC) site in New York City, accompanied by Serge Demerjian, development and construction manager for Silverstein Properties and Jerry Piserchia, senior project manager for Schindler Elevator. Soaring above lower Manhattan at 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center (1WTC) was declared America’s tallest […]

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Mechanical & Plumbing >>

Buildings Need to Breathe for Maximum Efficiency

Buildings Need to Breathe for Maximum Efficiency

When benchmarking more than 400 buildings for New York City’s Local Law 84 this year, we found that median energy consumption for buildings taller than 20 stories was 87 kBtu per square foot. The minimum and maximum ranges were between 50 and 258 kBtu per square foot. What causes such a big difference in energy […]

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Southern California High-Rise Hotel Installs Innovative Piping System

Southern California High-Rise Hotel Installs Innovative Piping System

Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center, CA, takes its commitment to building a better playground seriously. The entertainment company’s most recent project encompasses a new 21-story Resort Tower that will accompany the existing casino and hotel. The resort recently changed its name. It was formerly known as Harrah’s Rincon, after the American Indian reservation […]

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Inside HRF: What’s New in Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems (VRF)?

Inside HRF: What’s New in Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems (VRF)?

Using refrigerant as the cooling and heating medium, Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems cool or heat each room or zone individually only to the level needed. VRF systems work in both new construction and retrofit projects, and are most often seen in healthcare, education, hospitality, multifamily, and mixed-use facilities. The technology has been available […]

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Building Envelope & Facade Access >>

Height of Hospitality: The Unique Challenges of High-Rise Hotels

Height of Hospitality: The Unique Challenges of High-Rise Hotels

High-rise hotels offer up some unique challenges. Regardless of the economy, guest satisfaction scores correlate with guest retention, length of stay, and overall hotel success – which ultimately contribute to a healthier bottom line. And facilities management plays an important role in making sure guests are satisfied with hotel facilities and amenities. So how do you overcome common high-rise hotel design and operations challenges to stand out as one of the [...]

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People Who Live in Glass Houses… Keep the Blinds Closed

People Who Live in Glass Houses… Keep the Blinds Closed

Investing in something you don’t use seems like a waste of money and resources… but that’s what appears to be happening in New York City (and probably in other U.S. cities, too). A December 2013 study led by the Urban Green Council (UGC) looked at 55 buildings throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens to see if […]

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Automated Window and Facade Cleaning System Offers Safety and Savings

Automated Window and Facade Cleaning System Offers Safety and Savings

2 Broadway in New York City is a high-rise office tower that opened in 1959 and was renovated in 1999. As part of the renovation, a new glass curtain wall with stainless steel mullions was installed replacing operable windows. The original window cleaning method was completed by two window cleaners using a portable scaffold supported […]

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Vertical Transportation >>

Multiple-Car Elevator Systems on the Rise

Multiple-Car Elevator Systems on the Rise

The idea of having an elevator with two independent cabs operating in the same shaft dates back to the 1920s, when Sprague’s Dual Elevator System operated in a 20-story Pittsburgh building. It was taken out of service in 1931 and it wasn’t until 2002, when ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG announced its multiple-car elevator system, that we’d […]

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Wireless Emergency Communications Move to Elevators

Wireless Emergency Communications Move to Elevators

Building owners often pay hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars each month for the multiple phone lines that ensure communications in their multiple elevators. During an emergency, passengers rely on these elevator phones in case of entrapment or an emergency. They’re a necessary expense, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to […]

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High-Tech: One WTC’s Elevator System is Most Advanced in Western Hemisphere

High-Tech: One WTC’s Elevator System is Most Advanced in Western Hemisphere

During lunchtime on the construction site of One World Trade Center (OWTC) in Lower Manhattan, crew members and the design team usually spend their break on the 103rd floor. They roll up the construction plans, close their laptops, and eat the sandwiches they’ve brought with them. On a clear day, the view is spectacular: the […]

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Innovative Products >>

Ultra-Wide Display for Elevator Multimedia Information and Entertainment

Ultra-Wide Display for Elevator Multimedia Information and Entertainment

E-Motive’s new Panorama range of multimedia elevator displays is now available from Janus Elevator Products. The ultra-wide LCDs provide customized in-car entertainment and information with a design specifically optimized for elevator use. The Panorama’s ultra-wide aspect ratio makes the best use of available elevator space. It can be oriented landscape in the elevator transom or […]

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The Next Generation in Lamp Recycling is the Bulb Eater 3

The Next Generation in Lamp Recycling is the Bulb Eater 3

In less than one second, Air Cycle Corporation’s The Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli Technology crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length, u-tubes, and CFL’s into 100% recyclable material, while capturing over 99.99% of the vapors released. The system, which is mounted to a 55-gallon drum, can hold up to 1,350 4’ fluorescent lamps. A five-stage filtering process removes [...]

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Software Predicts Free Cooling Availability for Complex Cooling Systems

Software Predicts Free Cooling Availability for Complex Cooling Systems

Optimum Energy, the leading provider of data-driven HVAC energy optimization for enterprise facilities, today debuted Predictive Free Cooling, which is an extension of the OptiCx Platform. Predictive Free Cooling eliminates the guesswork for building operators who want to use free cooling—also known as water-side economizing—in order to reduce overall energy consumption in chiller plant systems. […]

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Sustainable High-Rise >>

Hines’ Houston Headquarters Awarded LEED Platinum

Hines’ Houston Headquarters Awarded LEED Platinum

The Houston office of Hines recently remodeled their own lease space in the iconic Williams Tower. The space was awarded Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System. Hines has occupied levels 49 and 50 (among other floors) in Williams Tower for more than 30 years. These two floors, […]

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Dallas High-Rise Earns First IREM Certified Sustainable Property Certification

Dallas High-Rise Earns First IREM Certified Sustainable Property Certification

The Energy Plaza building, a 49-story office property located at 1601 Bryan Street in downtown Dallas, has become the first building in the United States to be awarded the IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Owned by Energy Future Holdings and managed by Transwestern, AMO, the building has […]

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U.S. Bank Plaza in Minneapolis Awarded LEED Gold

U.S. Bank Plaza in Minneapolis Awarded LEED Gold

U.S. Bank Plaza in Minneapolis has received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) Rating System. The 22 and 40-story, Class A office towers are located in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, U.S. Bank Plaza contains 1.3 million rentable square […]

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Energy & Power Management >>

High Performance: What Does it Mean for Tall Buildings?

High Performance: What Does it Mean for Tall Buildings?

What does “high performance” mean for high-rise towers? Does it involve 100% uptime, net zero energy, or green building projects? Is it a tower with low environmental impact and a healthy indoor atmosphere?

“We’re constantly asking our clients what ‘high performance’ means to them, because some people see it as only tangible things with…

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Power Down to Reduce “Phantom Energy” Use

Power Down to Reduce “Phantom Energy” Use

Don’t forget to pull the plug and turn out the lights! While the concept is known by different names – phantom load, vampire power, standby mode – at the end of the day, “phantom energy” does the same thing: it pulls unnecessary extra energy from the grid into commercial buildings when you aren’t looking. Many […]

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Don’t Overlook These Energy-Saving Opportunities

Don’t Overlook These Energy-Saving Opportunities

Facilities managers of large commercial buildings can’t open a trade publication or scan an industry website without reading something about energy-saving products, practices, or protocols … and with good reason. In 2011, commercial buildings accounted for nearly one-fifth of the total energy used in the United States, with an aggregate expenditure of more than $132 […]

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Security & Access Control >>

High-Rise Security Requires Proactive Preparation, Execution

High-Rise Security Requires Proactive Preparation, Execution

You would never allow a potentially dangerous stranger to enter your home and wander around it without supervision, so why do we often permit such security lapses in the workplace? After all, not only do we spend more time at the job than at home, but the threats in the workplace are, in many ways, […]

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Stand-Outs: High-Rise Managers Share Their Team’s Best Practices

Stand-Outs: High-Rise Managers Share Their Team’s Best Practices

Owning or managing a tall building is a lot like operating a small city. Being responsible for the services and infrastructure that keep occupants and tenants in business is a big job. So why not take some suggestions and help from your colleagues when you can get it?

We found some examples of best practices that are being incorporated in high-rise facilities, and arranged them into categories.

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High-Rise Hotels That Get IT

High-Rise Hotels That Get IT

High-def flat screens embedded into bathroom mirrors. Electronic doorbell systems that feature guest presence detection and tray removal tracking. Energy management systems that set lighting and temperature levels based on whether guests are in the room, out of the room, or checked out. All of these technologies are being incorporated into upscale…

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Other Recent Articles

David Steinbach Promoted to CIO of Hines Global REIT

David Steinbach Promoted to CIO of Hines Global REIT

High Rise Facilities | July 15, 2014

David Steinbach has been appointed as the Chief Investment Officer of Hines Global REIT, Inc. Since joining Hines in 1999, David has been responsible for the acquisition of more than $3 billion in assets for various Hines affiliates in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to this role he served in various roles in which he […]

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Skyscraper Museum Exhibit Shows Reimagined Times Square in 1984

Skyscraper Museum Exhibit Shows Reimagined Times Square in 1984

Travis Barrington | July 15, 2014

Times Square today is bright and crowded – the most visited place on the planet, filled with electric signs, entertainment venues and retail outlets. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo as residents, the City and developers sparred over how best to redevelop the area. In the 1960s, Times Square […]

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Calgary High-Rise Project to Include an Apple Orchard

Calgary High-Rise Project to Include an Apple Orchard

High Rise Facilities | July 15, 2014

An innovative condo development anchored by a one-acre apple orchard is poised to put Calgary on the map in terms of creative city planning. Developer Brad Lamb, CEO of Lamb Development Corp., has proposed a pair of 31 story high-rise residential towers with a plaza featuring an apple orchard. “Not only is this a public […]

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Trading Firm Leases 117,000 SF at 250 Vesey St. in Lower Manhattan

Trading Firm Leases 117,000 SF at 250 Vesey St. in Lower Manhattan

High Rise Facilities | July 15, 2014

Jane Street, a privately-owned hedge fund sponsor, has signed a 10 year lease for 117,000 square feet to at 250 Vesey Street, one of the five office towers of the Brookfield Place complex in downtown Manhattan. Jane Street was represented by Cushman & Wakefield’s Rob Lowe and Augustus Field. Brookfield was represented in-house by Jerry Larkin, […]

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Hertz Investment Aquires Tallest High-Rise in Jacksonville for $88 Million

Hertz Investment Aquires Tallest High-Rise in Jacksonville for $88 Million

High Rise Facilities | July 14, 2014

Hertz Investment Group has completed the acquisition of Bank of America Tower, a high-rise office building located in Jacksonville, Florida for a purchase price of $88 million. The seller was Parmenter Realty Partners. The Bank of America Tower is comprised of 696,672 square feet and is located at 50 N. Laura Street in Jacksonville’s Central […]

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Peloton Selected to Manage Dallas’ Tallest Skyscraper

Peloton Selected to Manage Dallas’ Tallest Skyscraper

High Rise Facilities | July 11, 2014

Metropolis Investment Holdings has selected Peloton Commercial Real Estate to oversee the property management of Dallas’ tallest office tower, the Metropolis-owned Bank of America Plaza at 901 Main Street. Peloton currently leases the 72-story high-rise office building. Bank of America Plaza contains over 1.8 million square feet of office and retail space and was completed […]

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