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18-Story KPMG Plaza at Tops Out in Dallas Arts District

18-Story KPMG Plaza at Tops Out in Dallas Arts District

One year after work officially began on the project, Turner Construction Company recently hosted a topping out ceremony for Phase I at Hall Arts. The high-rise office building is part of a five-acre, two-city-block, multi-use real estate project in the center of the Dallas Arts District, owned and being developed by Craig Hall and Hall […]

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Groundbreaking for Gold Coast’s First New Condo High-Rise in Seven Years

Groundbreaking for Gold Coast’s First New Condo High-Rise in Seven Years

Chicago-based Convexity Properties recently held the groundbreaking for 4 East Elm, the first new condominium high-rise to begin construction on Chicago’s North Side in five years and the first in the Gold Coast since 2007. The development offers 35 half- and full-floor condominiums ranging in price from $2.2 million to $7.2 million. The groundbreaking ceremony […]

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Property Group Partners Named Manager of West Palm Beach Office Tower

Property Group Partners Named Manager of West Palm Beach Office Tower

KBS Capital Advisors has named Property Group Partners manager of CityPlace Tower in West Palm Beach, Florida. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, CityPlace Tower is located at 525 Okeechobee Blvd. in the affluent downtown of West Palm Beach, Florida. With a total footprint of 295,933 square feet, this trophy-quality 18-story tower is the final component […]

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Boston Properties Sells 45% Interest in Three High-Rises for $1.5 Billion

Boston Properties Sells 45% Interest in Three High-Rises for $1.5 Billion

Boston Properties is selling a 45% interest in three properties for about $1.5 billion in cash to Norges Bank Investment Management. The properties include 59-story 601 Lexington Avenue in New York City, and two Boston properties: Atlantic Wharf Office Building and 100 Federal Street. The deal values the assets at approximately $4.06 billion. Boston Properties […]

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SL Green Sells 180 Maiden Lane in Manhattan to The Moinian Group for $470 Million

SL Green Sells 180 Maiden Lane in Manhattan to The Moinian Group for $470 Million

SL Green Realty and joint venture partner, The Moinian Group, have sold 180 Maiden Lane in Downtown Manhattan for $470 million. The buyer is a venture led by Murray Hill Properties and Clarion Partners. The sale is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014. SL Green and The Moinian Group formed the joint […]

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AKF Group Leases 57K sf at Brookfield’s One Liberty Plaza

AKF Group Leases 57K sf at Brookfield’s One Liberty Plaza

AKF Group has leased the entire 22nd floor and part of the 23rd floor at One Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan. The engineering firm signed a 15-year lease for 57,018 square feet at the Class A, 2.3 million-square-foot commercial office building owned by Brookfield. AKF has been heavily involved in the redevelopment of the nearby […]

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Savanna Sells Downtown Manhattan High-Rise for Triple What it Paid

Savanna Sells Downtown Manhattan High-Rise for Triple What it Paid

Broad Street Development (BSD) has closed on the acquisition of 80 Broad Street from Savanna Partners for $173 million, more than three times what Savanna paid for the property three years ago. The purchase marks BSD’s return to the Downtown office market and follows the successful repositioning and subsequent sale of 55 Broadway and 61 […]

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Developers Secure Financing to Build Portland Residential High-Rise

Developers Secure Financing to Build Portland Residential High-Rise

Guardian Real Estate Services and Key Development Corporation have secured $71.75 million in construction financing for the development of Block 67, a 21-story, 284-unit, Class A apartment high-rise in Portland’s Central Eastside district. Financing for the project was structured by HFF through a senior construction loan and mezzanine financing. Designed by Skylab Architecture, Block 67 […]

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LaSalle Investment Acquires Chicago’s 101 North Wacker

LaSalle Investment Acquires Chicago’s 101 North Wacker

Hines has sold 101 North Wacker to LaSalle Investment Management on behalf of Bayerische Ärzteversorgung, the Bavarian doctors’ pension fund. Hines will remain the property manager. A purchase price was not disclosed. Completed in 1980, the 24-story Class A office tower includes 599,503 square feet. Designed by the renowned architecture firm Perkins + Will, 101 […]

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21-Story Long Island City Residential High-Rise Topped Off

21-Story Long Island City Residential High-Rise Topped Off

Executives at the World Wide Group gathered this week to celebrate the topping out of QLIC, the developer’s new residential building located at Queens Plaza North and 24th Street in Long Island City. QLIC, which is set to open its doors to residents in early 2015, now stands 21-stories tall and will offer a variety […]

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Chicago’s Block 37 High-Rise Residential Tower Receives Initial Permits

Chicago’s Block 37 High-Rise Residential Tower Receives Initial Permits

Los Angeles-based CIM Group is preparing to break ground on a residential high-rise in Chicago’s Central Loop on the block it acquired in 2012 for $84 million. CIM Group bought the property after Bank of America seized the it from the previous owner, Joseph Freed & Associates LLC, as part of a foreclosure lawsuit. CIM […]

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After Decade of Planning, Nouvel’s MoMA Skyscraper Ready to Rise

After Decade of Planning, Nouvel’s MoMA Skyscraper Ready to Rise

After nearly a decade of planning, developers are ready to begin building an 82-story skyscraper adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan on West 53rd Street. Houston-based Hines acquired the land in 2007 and, today, closed on the purchases of additional air rights necessary to build 53W53, a for-sale residential tower designed […]

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Schindler Completes First Puerto Rico Installation of Destination Dispatch

Schindler Completes First Puerto Rico Installation of Destination Dispatch

Schindler Elevator Corporation recently completed the modernization and installation of its PORT (Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal) elevator technology at the Union Plaza office building located at 416 Avenida Juan Ponce de León in San Juan, Puerto Rico. An 18-story office building, it is the first building in the Caribbean to benefit from Schindler’s award-winning destination-dispatch […]

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Largest Office Complex in Hawaii Plans to Modernize Elevator Systems

Largest Office Complex in Hawaii Plans to Modernize Elevator Systems

Pacific Guardian Center (PCG), the largest office complex in Hawaii, is planning to modernize its diverse elevator systems. Lerch Bates has been awarded a two-year contract to consult on the project which includes a 10-story 786-stall parking structure, twin 30-story office towers and the celebrated four-story Dillingham Transportation Building. PGC is an award winning office […]

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Prepare Your Building’s Elevators for Harsh Weather Conditions

Prepare Your Building’s Elevators for Harsh Weather Conditions

During a season in which weather can be potentially hazardous, it’s important that building and facility managers take the proper precautions to help prevent elevator damage and protect the safety of building occupants. A diagram showing the location of your elevators, car numbers and the elevator car phone number should be in your designated security […]

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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 >>

Combat Thermal Stack Effect for Comfort and HVAC Efficiency

Combat Thermal Stack Effect for Comfort and HVAC Efficiency

Stack effect occurs in all high-rises (and all buildings) in which temperature differences exist: warm air rises when it’s surrounded by cold air because of its lower density, and this phenomenon is what results in the thermal stack effect. Rising warm air reduces pressure in the base of the building, drawing cold air in through open […]

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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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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 >>

Best Practices in “Green Cleaning” Restrooms

Best Practices in “Green Cleaning” Restrooms

Most green cleaning programs focus on chemical choices. And that’s a great place to start. However, a more successful program—especially for restrooms—goes beyond by incorporating other approaches: proper equipment, procedures and processes, and training. All minimize the impact of cleaning on the health of janitors, building occupants, and visitors, while protecting the environment as a […]

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Green Building Industry Groups Agree to Collaborate

Green Building Industry Groups Agree to Collaborate

The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The unprecedented […]

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Does a “Green” Office Make You More Productive?

Does a “Green” Office Make You More Productive?

Does a green workplace make employees more productive, as environmental sustainability experts have long argued? Many studies have linked green offices to improvements in productivity. On the other hand, there are also reports of buildings that have compromised on comfort in order to achieve higher energy efficiency. Commercial real estate services firm JLL created a […]

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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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Report: Office Renovations Surge in New York City

Report: Office Renovations Surge in New York City

High Rise Facilities | September 11, 2014

New York City’s private and public building owners initiated $5.7 billion worth of alteration and renovation (A&R) projects in 2013, a 5 percent increase from 2012, and a 25 percent increase from 2011. The upward trend has continued through the first six months of 2014, with A&R construction starts valued at $3.6 billion, according to […]

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Paramount Group Acquires San Francisco High-Rise Near Transbay Development

Paramount Group Acquires San Francisco High-Rise Near Transbay Development

High Rise Facilities | September 10, 2014

Paramount Group, Inc., New York’s largest privately held real estate investment and management firm, has acquired 50 Beale Street, a Class A office high-rise located in San Francisco’s South Financial District. This is Paramount’s second acquisition in the San Francisco market. The seller was a joint venture of Mitsubishi Estate New York and Rockefeller Group […]

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Video Advertising Firm Leases Entire 55th Floor of Empire State Building

Video Advertising Firm Leases Entire 55th Floor of Empire State Building

High Rise Facilities | September 10, 2014

BrightRoll, Inc., a video advertising technology platform, has leased the entire 55th floor, consisting of 26,286 square feet, at the Empire State Building, for its new East Coast headquarters. BrightRoll joins two other leading technology firms who have recently leased space in the iconic skyscraper – LinkedIn and Shutterstock. Deborah van der Heyden and Paul […]

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New High-Rise Residential Tower Nears Completion in Chicago’s River North

New High-Rise Residential Tower Nears Completion in Chicago’s River North

High Rise Facilities | September 10, 2014

A joint venture between by Gerding Edlen — a West Coast-based real estate investment and development company — and Chicago based developer Fred Latsko of Structured Management Midwest, is nearing completion on a new, residential high-rise that will serve Chicago’s River North community. The tower, known as Jones Chicago, is a 25-story, 188-unit luxury apartment […]

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Austin, Texas High-Rise Nearly Complete and 95% Leased

Austin, Texas High-Rise Nearly Complete and 95% Leased

High Rise Facilities | September 10, 2014

Colorado Tower, a 29-story high-rise office building under construction at Third and Colorado streets in downtown Austin, Texas, is now 95 percent leased. The developer, Cousins Properties, has signed five new leases totaling 157,279 square feet. Leasing at the 373,000 square-foot, Class-A office development is now 95 percent, up from 51 percent on June 30, […]

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Columbia Property Trust Acquires San Francisco High-Rise for $309 Million

Columbia Property Trust Acquires San Francisco High-Rise for $309 Million

High Rise Facilities | September 9, 2014

Columbia Property Trust has acquired 650 California Street, a 33-story, 478,392-square-feet Class-A office tower in San Francisco from Tishman Speyer and Prudential Real Estate Investors for $309 million. The building was designed by Edward Charles Bassett of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for Hartford Insurance. At the time of its completion in 1964, it was California’s […]

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