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Company Expands from Taco Bell Parking Lot to San Francisco High-Rise

Company Expands from Taco Bell Parking Lot to San Francisco High-Rise

AnyPerk, an online platform that provides employee perks and discounts to companies of all sizes, has signed a new 13,132-sq. ft. office lease at 33 New Montgomery in San Francisco. Cushman & Wakefield Senior Director Jon Dishotsky and Associate Cutter MacLeod represented AnyPerk in the transaction. The landlord, Equity Office Properties, was represented by Mark […]

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Construction Contract Awarded for Exelon Tower at Baltimore’s Harbor Point

Construction Contract Awarded for Exelon Tower at Baltimore’s Harbor Point

Baltimore’s Harbor Point developer Beatty Development Group has entered into a $165 million contract with Armada Hoffler Construction to build a 900,000 square-foot mixed-use tower. This contract is the culmination of a two-year pre-development effort, most recently delayed awaiting EPA approval. The project will be a 20-story mixed-use development located on Baltimore’s waterfront adjacent to […]

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Once Distressed Chicago Apartment Development Sold for a Profit

Once Distressed Chicago Apartment Development Sold for a Profit

Abacus Capital Group LLC has purchased Trio Apartments in Chicago’s West Loop Multifamily submarket for about $40 million. Trio is a 100-unit, boutique-style luxury downtown apartment tower. HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a joint venture between AEW Capital Management, L.P. and Marquette Companies. the deal has been in the works since […]

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Columbia Property Trust Acquires San Francisco High-Rise for $228.8 Million

Columbia Property Trust Acquires San Francisco High-Rise for $228.8 Million

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. has acquired 221 Main Street, a 16-story, 387,943-square-foot, LEED Platinum Class-A office tower in San Francisco, California, for a total purchase price of $228.8 million. The purchase price includes the Company’s assumption of a $73.0 million interest-only loan secured by the property that matures in May 2017 and bears interest at […]

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World’s Largest High-Rise Data Center Lands its First Tenant

World’s Largest High-Rise Data Center Lands its First Tenant

Intergate.Manhattan, the world’s largest high-rise data center, has found its first mission critical office tenant. Datagram, an internet and hosting provider in the New York metropolitan area has signed a lease at the 1 million-square-foot facility at 375 Pearl Street in Manhattan. Datagram, which is also a brand new, Tier III data center colocation tenant […]

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Long Island City High-Rise Under Construction Gets a Name and an Agent

Long Island City High-Rise Under Construction Gets a Name and an Agent

The World-Wide Group’s 21-story, 421-unit multi-family development continues to rapidly rise at Queens Plaza North and 24th Street in Long Island City, the company has reached two significant project milestones. The building will officially be called “QLIC,” a name chosen to celebrate the flourishing Long Island City neighborhood. Additionally, aptsandlofts.com has been selected as the […]

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Boston RDA Approves 1.2 Million Square-Feet of Development

Boston RDA Approves 1.2 Million Square-Feet of Development

The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board approved a number of projects and initiatives throughout Boston last week. The ten approved development projects represent over $461.2 million of investment in the city and over 1.2 million square feet of development. When these projects break ground, they will create nearly 1,400 construction jobs. The BRA Board voted to […]

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Busy Developer Building Chicago and Houston High-Rises

Busy Developer Building Chicago and Houston High-Rises

Illinois-based Marquette Companies anticipates breaking ground in the second quarter of 2014 on a 364-unit, 29-story apartment building with approximately 7,700 square feet of ground floor retail/restaurant space in downtown Houston. Marquette is utilizing the Downtown Living Initiative (Chapter 380), which is effectively a development grant provided to the first 2,500 units to be developed […]

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Hudson’s Bay Centre High-Rise in Denver Sold for $41.5 Million

Hudson’s Bay Centre High-Rise in Denver Sold for $41.5 Million

A 50/50 partnership between MDC Realty Advisors USA, Inc. and Canada-based Artis REIT has paid $41.5 million for Hudson’s Bay Centre, a Class A, 172,912-square-foot boutique office building in Denver’s central business district. The seller was Hamilton-Titan Partners LLC, a joint venture formed in 2004 between Chicago-based Hamilton Partners Inc., and Denver-based Titan Investments LLC. […]

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LinkedIn Leases Entire High-Rise Under Construction at 222 Second Street in San Francisco

LinkedIn Leases Entire High-Rise Under Construction at 222 Second Street in San Francisco

LinkedIn has signed a lease for the entire 26-story building under construction by Tishman Speyer at 222 Second Street in San Francisco. The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development estimates that the nearly 450,000 square feet of office space can accommodate approximately 2,500 employees. “As a national leader in job creation, San Francisco is […]

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Hitachi to Deliver the World’s Fastest Elevators to Chinese High-Rise

Hitachi to Deliver the World’s Fastest Elevators to Chinese High-Rise

Billed as the world’s fastest elevators, ultra-high-speed lifts from Hitachi will be installed at Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre (1,739 feet tall), a mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou, China. With a speed of 3,937 feet/min (45 mph), the elevator will feature technologies that support safe and comfortable elevator operation, in addition to the drive […]

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Con Edison Installing Solar Panels at Its Manhattan Office Tower

Con Edison Installing Solar Panels at Its Manhattan Office Tower

Con Edison is installing a solar array at its landmark office tower in Manhattan. The utility giant has installed more than 200 panels atop a 19th-story roof at 4 Irving Place. The panels, manufactured in the United States by Suniva Inc., generate 40 kilowatts of renewable power. That’s enough electricity to light two floors at […]

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High-Rise Elevator Test Facility Will Tower Over Ancient German Church Steeples

High-Rise Elevator Test Facility Will Tower Over Ancient German Church Steeples

Founded by the Romans, the small town of Rottweil is located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps, in southwest Germany. The old city is famous for its medieval center and for its traditional carnival, called “Fasnet” in the local Swabian dialect. The oldest town in the region, Rottweil’s appearance has changed very little […]

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Schindler Opens New Elevator Manufacturing Plant in Hanover, PA

Schindler Opens New Elevator Manufacturing Plant in Hanover, PA

A new state-of-the-art elevator manufacturing facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania has earned North America’s first LEED Gold green building certification for an elevator manufacturing plant. The plant, celebrating its grand opening today, is one of two Schindler Elevator manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. The other is in Clinton, North Carolina. The 150,000 square-foot Hanover facility […]

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Schindler Elevators Now Featured on MasterSpec Construction Specifications

Schindler Elevators Now Featured on MasterSpec Construction Specifications

Schindler’s elevator and escalator products are now featured on MasterSpec/SpecAgent, providing architects, engineers, and other design and specification professionals comprehensive and technically correct specifications and background research information. With an enhanced listing, MasterSpec users can now view and download product information, product brochures, and layout data sheets on Schindler’s top products including Schindler 330A, Schindler […]

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Mechanical & Plumbing >>

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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Restroom Faucets Get Smart

Restroom Faucets Get Smart

It may seem like all touchless restroom faucet fixtures are created equal (and have been that way for the past few years). Recently, however, manufacturers have unveiled new technology that offers helpful benefits and savings for facilities professionals. The latest commercial faucet lines offer smart fixtures that don’t just dispense water for hand-washing – they […]

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UFAD Robot Cleans Beneath Raised Floor Systems

UFAD Robot Cleans Beneath Raised Floor Systems

Martins Maintenance is one of the largest family-run commercial cleaning companies in the northeast with over 200 clients in 10 states. Among those clients is a Fortune 500 company occupying a high-rise office building. The firm called on the aid of Manuel Martins Jr. and Jordan Amaral to help solve an interesting problem at their […]

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Building Envelope & Facade Access >>

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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High-Rise Hotel Analyzes Window Film Effectiveness

High-Rise Hotel Analyzes Window Film Effectiveness

What’s the best way to prove that your green investments are paying off? To measure the savings on utility bills, and improvements that tenants are experiencing as a result of your investment.

Whether you’re cutting back on energy use due to mandates or voluntary efforts, quantifying the savings from your green initiatives can help determine whether the purchases are truly worth it (or at least offset implementation costs). This data can go a long way toward supporting other green investments in the future as well. It can also be a solid indicator of improved building performance, which could make your facility more attractive to tenants or prospective buyers.

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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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Elevator Modernization: Tips on Project Planning, Budgeting, and Management

Elevator Modernization: Tips on Project Planning, Budgeting, and Management

“Think about a LinkedIn or Shutterstock employee,” says Thomas Durels, executive vice president, chief of property operations and leasing for Empire State Realty Trust. “Those are our tenants; they’re working at the Empire State Building any time, day or night. They’re traveling to and from restaurants, a fitness center, conference space, and their workspaces – all under one roof. We’re contributing to their productivity by making sure they don’t have to wait in line for…

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Innovative Products >>

Rebates May Cover Entire Cost of LED Parking Garage Fixture

Rebates May Cover Entire Cost of LED Parking Garage Fixture

Independence LED Lighting, the award-winning U.S. manufacturer of LED products, announced today that the DesignLights Consortium(DLC) approved its high-efficiency LED Parking Garage Fixture for their Qualified Products List. Energy rebates in select markets will now cover up to the cost of the fixture. The DLC approval came on Earth Day 2014, a timely reminder that […]

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First Certified Fire-Rated Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass Curtain Wall Door System

First Certified Fire-Rated Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass Curtain Wall Door System

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, a leading manufacturer of fire-rated glazing and framing, has launched the Vetrotech HI System, an assembly of high-strength VDS curtain wall and door profiles and Contraflam HI glazing. “Vetrotech HI is the first certified fire-rated solution on the market that has hurricane impact resistance feature built-in to curtain,” says Kevin Frisone, National Sales […]

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Realistic Interactive 3-D Views of Floor Plans and Tenant Maps

Realistic Interactive 3-D Views of Floor Plans and Tenant Maps

The Sanborn Map Company has expanded its innovative 3-D product line with the groundbreaking Sanborn 3D Stacking Plans. Stacking plans originated as two-dimensional charts displaying the arrangement of tenants on floors in high-rise office buildings or condominiums. They are typically shaded or color-coded to represent lease terms of the building’s tenants, such as expiration date […]

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Sustainable High-Rise >>

Top 7 Strategies for “Greening” Cities this Earth Day

Top 7 Strategies for “Greening” Cities this Earth Day

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has issued its “Top 7 Strategies” for commercial real estate professionals to help make cities green, complementing the 2014 Earth Day “Green Cities Campaign.” With the office building industry accounting for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, BOMA has committed to helping its members and […]

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Largest Net-Zero Energy Office Tower in U.S. Opens in San Diego

Largest Net-Zero Energy Office Tower in U.S. Opens in San Diego

Believed to be the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the United States, a 13-story office tower has just been completed in La Jolla, California. Tower II at La Jolla Commons is the new San Diego headquarters of LPL Financial LLC, an RIA custodian. In the weeks leading up to the office’s opening, more […]

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Researchers Developing High-Rise Windows Capable of Generating Electricty

Researchers Developing High-Rise Windows Capable of Generating Electricty

An innovative developer of next generation alternative and renewable energy technologies hopes to soon be outfitting high-rise buildings with windows that generate electricity. Maryland-based New Energy Technologies has already developed see-through coatings capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics. Their newest window arrays, which they call SolarWindow, measure ablout 36 square-inches and have highly-uniform, colored […]

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Energy & Power Management >>

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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Turn Building System Data into Actionable Insight

Turn Building System Data into Actionable Insight

Many high-rise facilities have evolved to become multi-function, multi-tenant spaces where tenants can live, work, and shop all in one building. Managing a large space can be a challenge when trying to provide a comfortable environment while maximizing energy efficiency and keeping building costs low. The balance between happy tenants and reasonable costs can be […]

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Security & Access Control >>

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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The 5 Rings of High-Rise Residential Security

The 5 Rings of High-Rise Residential Security

Tenants living in residential high-rises have different security expectations based on a wide variety of factors, says Daun St. Amand, vice president at RTKL Associates. “They ebb and flow relative to several things.”

Security levels and expectations vary…

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Developer Reacquires Atlanta High-Rise it Built 50 Years Ago

Developer Reacquires Atlanta High-Rise it Built 50 Years Ago

High Rise Facilities | April 21, 2014

An Atlanta-based developer, Portman Holdings, has purchased 230 Peachtree Street, a 414,768-square-foot office tower in downtown Atlanta. The 50-year-old building was first developed as an office building by Portman in 1965 as part of the Peachtree Center mixed-use development. Renovation will commence immediately to convert the 27-story building. Upon completion, office space will occupy approximately […]

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Massachusetts Hotels Must Comply with Food Waste Disposal Ban by October

Massachusetts Hotels Must Comply with Food Waste Disposal Ban by October

High Rise Facilities | April 21, 2014

Massachusetts’ statewide commercial food waste disposal ban will take effect on Oct. 1, 2014. The ban was designed to divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the state’s waste stream. Large hotels are among the estimated 1,700 facilities that will be impacted. “We are committed to protecting our natural resources and creating […]

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Law Firm Leases 440,000 SF at 1221 Avenue of the Americas

Law Firm Leases 440,000 SF at 1221 Avenue of the Americas

High Rise Facilities | April 18, 2014

White & Case LLP, a global law firm with operations in 26 countries, plans to relocate but will remain on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The firm has signed a 440,000-square-foot long-term lease at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, which is owned by The Rockefeller Group. The leased space includes the top floors in the […]

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Report: Manhattan Office Asking Rents Re-Priced Upward in Q1 2014

Report: Manhattan Office Asking Rents Re-Priced Upward in Q1 2014

High Rise Facilities | April 18, 2014

Manhattan office space that was re-priced higher in the first quarter 2014 was significantly greater than the space re-priced lower. Downtown led the asking rents re-pricing with 1.5 million square feet re-priced in the quarter, nearly doubling Midtown space re-pricings, according to a report from CBRE. “Clearly, Downtown is leading the upward re-pricing trend. Asking […]

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Groundbreaking for Mixed Use High-Rise in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square

Groundbreaking for Mixed Use High-Rise in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square

High Rise Facilities | April 18, 2014

MB1 Capital Partners and Aquinas Realty Partners today announced the official groundbreaking for the construction of the AQ Rittenhouse, a mixed-use, apartment-retail-classroom tower at 2021 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. The $40 million complex, due to be completed by the end of the year, will be constructed on the site of the former Philadelphia […]

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More Tenants Sign On at Manhattan Spec Tower 250 West 55th Street

More Tenants Sign On at Manhattan Spec Tower 250 West 55th Street

High Rise Facilities | April 18, 2014

Veracen Partners is among a set of several new tenants to take space at Boston Properties’ 250 West 55th Street, signing a 10-year, 11,263-square-foot lease for a portion of the 16th floor at the 38-story tower. CBRE, which represented the landlord, announced the lease concurrently with a 7,196-square-foot deal with RTW Investments & LifeSci Capital […]

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