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Baltimore’s HarborView Towers Completes Interior Renovations

Baltimore’s HarborView Towers Completes Interior Renovations

The HarborView Towers, a fixture in Baltimore’s skyline for more than 20 years, recently received a makeover. The Council of Unit Owners at The HarborView Towers invested more than $1.8 million to modernize the building’s public spaces. More than 6,000 square feet of the building were updated as part of this project, which includes the Towers’ clubhouse as well […]

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Dallas’ Occidental Tower Sells for About $95M to Joint Venture

Dallas’ Occidental Tower Sells for About $95M to Joint Venture

On behalf of it’s institutional investors, New York Life Real Estate Investors and Encore Office have acquired 5005 LBJ Tower, formerly known as Occidental Tower. According to local media reports, the purchase price was about $95 million. The 24-story, 549,170 square foot office building is located in Dallas, Texas at the northwest corner of the Dallas North […]

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Tishman Speyer Unveils Bjarke Ingels’ Design for The Spiral at 66 Hudson Blvd.

Tishman Speyer Unveils Bjarke Ingels’ Design for The Spiral at 66 Hudson Blvd.

Tishman Speyer has unveiled the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group conceptual design for its planned 65-story tower at 66 Hudson Boulevard in Manhattan. Called The Spiral, the 2.85 million square-foot tower will rise to 1,005 feet and feature a cascading series of landscaped terraces and hanging gardens as its signature element, both functionally and visually. The terraces will ascend, one per […]

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Developer Secures Loan to Build Luxury High-Rise Apartments in Stamford, CT

Developer Secures Loan to Build Luxury High-Rise Apartments in Stamford, CT

A joint venture between entities controlled by Trinity Financial and Berkshire Group has secured a $51.3 million construction loan for the development of Park Square West Phase IV Apartments, a 209-unit, luxury high-rise apartment building in Stamford, Connecticut. CBRE Capital Markets’ Debt & Structured Finance team arranged the LIBOR-based, floating-rate construction loan with financing provided by Citizens Bank. CBRE also […]

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Renovations at 400 Madison Avenue Paying off with New Leases

Renovations at 400 Madison Avenue Paying off with New Leases

After an $11 million capital improvement program, 400 Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan has seen a flurry of leasing activity. JLL has completed 15 new and renewal transactions totaling 40,000 square feet for building owner ASB Capital Management and property manager Macklowe Management including 14,000 square feet in transactions still pending. The 21-story Class A, […]

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Honeywell Acquires Xtralis for $480 Million

Honeywell Acquires Xtralis for $480 Million

Honeywell is acquiring Xtralis, a leading global provider of aspirating smoke detection along with advanced perimeter security technologies and video analytics software, for $480 million. Xtralis aspirating smoke detection solutions protect many Fortune 500 companies, iconic sites and critical infrastructures worldwide. They are used in data centers, historical buildings, airports, industrial sites and manufacturing facilities to […]

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Groundbreaking for 99 Hudson, New Jersey’s Future Tallest High-Rise

Groundbreaking for 99 Hudson, New Jersey’s Future Tallest High-Rise

Plaza Construction has broken ground on China Overseas America’s Jersey City high-rise 99 Hudson St. At 79 stories tall and measuring 900 feet from sea level, 99 Hudson will be the tallest building in the state of New Jersey, surpassing the 781-foot tall Goldman Sachs building at 30 Hudson. The new tower will comprise nearly 800 condominiums […]

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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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Durst Promotes Leasing Professionals Ashlea Aaron and Karen Kuznik

Durst Promotes Leasing Professionals Ashlea Aaron and Karen Kuznik

The Durst Organization has promoted Ashlea Aaron to Vice President of Leasing and Karen Kuznick to Leasing Manager. Ashlea Aaron led the 100% lease-up of The Durst Organization’s 1.5 million square foot East Side Portfolio and Karen Kuznick has led the successful pre-built and build-to-suit program at One World Trade Center which has leased 160,000 square […]

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High-Rise and Elementary School Planned at 77 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan

High-Rise and Elementary School Planned at 77 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan

Trinity Place Holdings plans to build a 285,000-square-foot, mixed-use development project at 77 Greenwich Street in New York City’s Financial District neighborhood. The plans call for approximately 85 luxury residential condominiums and 7,000 square feet of retail space on Greenwich Street, as well as the recently announced 476-seat elementary school serving District 2. “We are […]

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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 >>

Chicago’s 111 South Wacker Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Chicago’s 111 South Wacker Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Chicago’s 111 South Wacker, a 51-story, 1.1 million-square-foot Class A office tower, has been at the forefront of LEED certification since its completion in 2005, when the building became the first speculative, high-rise office development awarded LEED Gold certification in the Core & Shell category from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building was […]

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Downtown Houston High-Rise Earns Platinum Under LEED VC Program

Downtown Houston High-Rise Earns Platinum Under LEED VC Program

Hines’ downtown Houston office tower 717 Texas has been certified at the Platinum level under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Volume Certification (LEED VC) Program. In 2014, Hines rolled out the LEED VC Program, which was created in partnership with the USGBC with the goals of identifying the uniformity and similarities across the […]

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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 >>

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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Deploying a Crisis Awareness Solution in a High-Rise

Deploying a Crisis Awareness Solution in a High-Rise

Most office buildings have an access control system that controls and monitors who enters a specific part of the building. To date, however, no high-rise building has had a crisis management system in place that can alert building security and law enforcement about an intruder, active shooter, medical condition, missing person, or disturbance. Until now, […]

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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 >>

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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Transamerica Pyramid to Light up the Night as the Big Game Comes to Bay Area

Transamerica Pyramid to Light up the Night as the Big Game Comes to Bay Area

High Rise Facilities | February 1, 2016

The Transamerica Pyramid is taking the celebration of the Super Bowl, coming to Santa Clara, CA on February 7th, to the next level with special lighting of celebratory colors from February 1 – February 7. At 853-feet-tall, The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway […]

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40-Story Luxury Residential High-Rise Underway on Santa Monica Boulevard

40-Story Luxury Residential High-Rise Underway on Santa Monica Boulevard

High Rise Facilities | January 29, 2016

New artist renderings for Ten Thousand, a 40-story luxury high-rise residential tower currently underway on Santa Monica Boulevard, have been revealed by developer Crescent Heights. Set to open this summer at the edge of Century City and Beverly Hills, Ten Thousand will be home to 283 two- and three-bedroom residences all boasting dramatic floor-to-ceiling vistas framed by […]

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High-Rise Apartment Tower to Be Built in Texas Medical Center

High-Rise Apartment Tower to Be Built in Texas Medical Center

High Rise Facilities | January 29, 2016

Greystar and Medistar Corporation have formed a joint venture to develop Ascent Med Center, a luxury apartment community located in Houston, Texas. The 35-story high-rise development will feature 375 apartment homes at the corner of Travis Street and Old Main Street in the Texas Medical Center (TMC). “Ascent Med Center was designed with a top-notch amenity package, high […]

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Nordstrom Menswear to Anchor SL Green and Moinian Group’s 3 Columbus Circle

Nordstrom Menswear to Anchor SL Green and Moinian Group’s 3 Columbus Circle

High Rise Facilities | January 28, 2016

New York City commercial property owner SL Green Realty and The Moinian Group have signed a 23-year, 43,000-square-foot lease with Nordstrom to anchor three levels of retail space at 3 Columbus Circle. The complex transaction involved a series of lease modifications and relocations including the buyout of the corner bank branch in advance of lease expiration, […]

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Recently Upgraded High-Rise at 555 Madison Attracts Upscale Tenants

Recently Upgraded High-Rise at 555 Madison Attracts Upscale Tenants

High Rise Facilities | January 27, 2016

Bulgari, an upscale Italian jeweler, has leased 23,167-square-feet comprising the entire ninth floor of The Coates Building located at 555 Madison Avenue on the corner of 56th Street on Manhattan’s East Side. Taking a 15-year lease, Bulgari’s arrival reinforces the property’s growing reputation as one of Manhattan’s foremost centers for the offices of high-end clothiers, designers, […]

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Carey Watermark Acquires High-Rise Hotel in Booming Bellevue Market

Carey Watermark Acquires High-Rise Hotel in Booming Bellevue Market

High Rise Facilities | January 26, 2016

Carey Watermark Investors 2 Incorporated (CWI 2), a non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in hotels, has acquired the Seattle Marriott Bellevue. The newly developed hotel includes 384 guestrooms and is located in Bellevue, Washington, which has evolved from a Seattle suburb into a vibrant, independent city as a result of the high-tech […]

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Shorenstein Acquires Downtown Pittsburgh’s One Oxford Centre

Shorenstein Acquires Downtown Pittsburgh’s One Oxford Centre

High Rise Facilities | January 25, 2016

Oxford Development Company has sold One Oxford Centre, a one million-square-foot, Class A, trophy office tower in downtown Pittsburgh, to Shorenstein Properties. HFF marketed the property and worked on behalf of the new owner to place the acquisition loan with Helaba and CIBC. While no terms were revealed, the firm is believed to have paid […]

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Durst Signs ING to 4 Floor Lease at 1133 Avenue of the Americas

Durst Signs ING to 4 Floor Lease at 1133 Avenue of the Americas

High Rise Facilities | January 20, 2016

The Durst Organization has signed ING Financial Holdings Corporation (ING) to a 10 year lease for 132,400 square feet on the seventh through tenth floors of 1133 Avenue of the Americas. ING’s new American headquarters in New York City features a double-height space and 1,600 sqft outdoor amenity area. A $10 million building enhancement program […]

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What to Do if You’re in a Stalled Elevator

What to Do if You’re in a Stalled Elevator

High Rise Facilities | January 15, 2016

Though elevator accidents are very rare, in light of a few recent tragic and highly publicized incidents involving stalled elevators, it is important to restate the many measures the building transportation industry undertakes to provide a consistently high standard of safety. Building owners and managers should make sure their tenants understand these safety guidelines to reduce […]

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Fuel Cell System to Be Installed at Morgan Stanley’s High-Rise Headquarters

Fuel Cell System to Be Installed at Morgan Stanley’s High-Rise Headquarters

High Rise Facilities | January 13, 2016

Bloom Energy will install a fuel cell system at Morgan Stanley’s high-rise global headquarters in New York City’s Times Square neighborhood. The fuel cell project at 1585 Broadway is expected to be fully operational in late 2016 and will provide approximately 750 kW of 24×7 high quality power to the Morgan Stanley building, equal to […]

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