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Law Firm Leases 45th Floor of Houston’s San Felipe Plaza

Law Firm Leases 45th Floor of Houston’s San Felipe Plaza

Houston-based personal injury law firm AkinMears has leased the entire 45th floor of San Felipe Plaza, a 46-story high-rise at 5847 San Felipe in Houston. The nearly 20,000-square-foot transaction brings the building to 90.4 percent leased, the first time the property has been above 90 percent leased since 2009, according to broker Cassidy Turley. San […]

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Inside High-Rise Facilities: In-Building Wireless Systems

Inside High-Rise Facilities: In-Building Wireless Systems

Concrete, brick, steel, and low-e glass can all block or distort signals – whether wireless, cellular, or RF. In tall towers that accommodate a large number of tenants or occupants, the demand on wireless infrastructure can also slow or impair signal strength. Combine these two factors, and reliable signal strength is an issue that many […]

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Tony Morille, A Return to Facility Operations

Tony Morille, A Return to Facility Operations

Spending nearly six decades working in facility operations, Tony Morille, former director of operations for Houston’s 27-story Villa d’Este, retired in June. But he has already decided that he can’t stay away from the industry any longer.

“I had decided it was going to be fun being retired, but I’m bored,” says Morille. “I miss the sense of accomplishment. There are so many challenges in what we do – I even miss times when a [...]

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Denver-Based Amstar Buys Unfinished Polish Skyscraper

Denver-Based Amstar Buys Unfinished Polish Skyscraper

Denver-based Amstar has acquired Zlota 44, a luxury residential tower currently under construction in the city center of Warsaw, Poland in an off-market transaction for US$83 million, despite building costs of over US$200 million. The seller, Luxembourg-based Orco Property Group, has had financial problems for many years and was unable to complete the project. Amstar […]

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Residential Conversion Adds Seven Stories to Old Office Building

Residential Conversion Adds Seven Stories to Old Office Building

A recently completed apartment tower in Wheaton, Maryland is the result of an innovative redevelopment of a 45-year-old, former office building which added seven-stories on top of the existing five-story building. Lowe Enterprises is the developer of The George, a 12-story contemporary apartment tower featuring 194 residences, with a spacious rooftop deck and club room. […]

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Chicago High-Rise Owner Turns Under-Used Top Floor into ‘Wow’ Suite

Chicago High-Rise Owner Turns Under-Used Top Floor into ‘Wow’ Suite

A classic Mies van der Rohe-style building, 401 North Michigan was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1960s. Formerly known as the Equitable Building, the 35-story tower sits on the second largest plaza in Chicago. “Pioneer Court is second in size only to the Daley Plaza,” says Eric Taylor, assistant vice president at Zeller Realty Group. “The building purposely has a large plaza area so it could be set back from the road.” [...]

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Deutsche Asset & Wealth Mgmt. Acquires 222 Broadway in Lower Manhattan

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Mgmt. Acquires 222 Broadway in Lower Manhattan

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management has acquired a 95% stake in 222 Broadway in New York City for one of its investment funds, in conjunction with L&L Holding Company, a Manhattan-based owner/operator of Class A properties. L&L Holdings, along with Boston-based Beacon Capital Partners, acquired the building in 2012 from Bank of America Corp. for […]

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MetLife Real Estate Investors Acquires Houston High-Rise Office Building

MetLife Real Estate Investors Acquires Houston High-Rise Office Building

MetLife Real Estate Investors has acquired 3040 Post Oak Boulevard, a 427,486-square-foot, Class A core office high-rise in Houston adjacent to the Galleria. The seller was a joint venture between an affiliate of Five Mile Capital Partners LLC and Crocker Partners. The purchase price was undisclosed. 3040 Post Oak Boulevard is located at the intersection […]

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GSA Seeks Ideas for Redevelopment of Volpe Center in Cambridge, Mass.

GSA Seeks Ideas for Redevelopment of Volpe Center in Cambridge, Mass.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking creative ideas from the real estate development community to redevelop the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) property in Cambridge, Mass. across the street from the Kendall Square Marriott hotel, near the MIT/Kendall Square stop on the MBTA […]

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42% Vacant One World Trade Center Set to Open Q1 2015

42% Vacant One World Trade Center Set to Open Q1 2015

The Durst Organization has signed Australia-based Servcorp, a provider of equipped executive offices and virtual office space, to a 15-year, 34,775-square-foot, full “tower floor” lease on the 85th floor of One World Trade Center. With the closing of this transaction, the 3.0-million-square-foot office tower is now 57.5-percent leased. Tower floors occupy the 64th through 90th […]

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KBS REIT III Acquires 171 17th Street in Atlanta for $132.5 Million

KBS REIT III Acquires 171 17th Street in Atlanta for $132.5 Million

Newport Beach, California-based KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III (KBS REIT III) has acquired 171 17th Street, a 21-story, trophy quality office building in Atlanta for $132.5 million plus closing costs. JP Morgan was the seller. It was 89-percent leased at closing. 171 17th Street is a 509,237-square-foot property that was the world’s first LEED […]

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Savanna Acquires Controlling Interest in One Court Square

Savanna Acquires Controlling Interest in One Court Square

Controlling interest in One Court Square, a 1.5 million square-foot Class A office and retail building in Long Island City, has been acquired by Savanna, a New York-based real estate private equity firm, along with an undisclosed partner. David Werner and his investor group, which sold the controlling interest, will also remain a partner in […]

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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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Schindler Elevator Brings State-Of-The-Art Mobility to 4 World Trade Center

Schindler Elevator Brings State-Of-The-Art Mobility to 4 World Trade Center

Schindler Elevator Corporation has provided state-of-the-art elevator technology at 4 World Trade Center including 37 custom high-performance Schindler 7000 elevators (34 passenger cars with Schindler’s industry-leading PORT Technology destination-dispatch system, and three high-rise service cars). Schindler also provided two custom hydraulic elevators, two geared service elevators, and six Schindler 9300 escalators to transport passengers to […]

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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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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 >>

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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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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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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Developer Obtains Loan to Build 51-Story Miami Residential High-Rise

Developer Obtains Loan to Build 51-Story Miami Residential High-Rise

High Rise Facilities | August 25, 2014

A joint-venture between Eastview Development and GTIS Partners has closed on a $120 million loan from Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies to fund construction of Biscayne Beach, a 51-story, 399 unit luxury condominium under development at 711 NE 29th Street in Miami’s East Edgewater neighborhood. Construction of Biscayne Beach began in June 2014 with completion […]

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New Manager for Three Downtown Manhattan Residential Towers

New Manager for Three Downtown Manhattan Residential Towers

High Rise Facilities | August 22, 2014

DTH Capital has selected FirstService Residential as managing agent for three luxury towers located in Manhattan’s Financial District. The high-rise buildings—located at 20 Exchange Place, 63 Wall Street, and 67 Wall Street—collectively include 1,353 rental apartments. 20 Exchange Place, designated a New York City Landmark and one of tallest residential buildings in Lower Manhattan, is […]

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Historic Chicago High-Rise Uses New Software to Assist First Responders

Historic Chicago High-Rise Uses New Software to Assist First Responders

High Rise Facilities | August 22, 2014

209 East Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is adopting new software technology to help protect guests, staff and property. The software will make available to the Chicago fire and police departments critical knowledge of the luxury apartments and grounds – an important tool for a city with more than 700 non-sprinklered heritage high-rises. Designed by […]

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550 Biltmore in Coral Gables Attracts Latin American Headquarters

550 Biltmore in Coral Gables Attracts Latin American Headquarters

High Rise Facilities | August 21, 2014

On the heels of signing UBS to the largest Coral Gables lease of the year, Taylor & Mathis has secured an additional $25 million in leases at the iconic 550 Biltmore. The Taylor & Mathis leasing team of Brian Gale and Ryan Holtzman negotiated the transactions on behalf of owner AEW. In a new to […]

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Cushman & Wakefield Appoints New Head of U.S. Property Management

Cushman & Wakefield Appoints New Head of U.S. Property Management

High Rise Facilities | August 21, 2014

Michael Prabhu has joined Cushman & Wakefield as the U.S. head of Property Management. As a Leader within the group, and based in downtown Los Angeles, Mr. Prabhu’s focus will be on the strategic growth of the firm’s property management business in the U.S. “Property Management is a critical part of our Investor Services platform. […]

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Kimpton to Convert Historic Chicago High-Rise into Boutique Hotel

Kimpton to Convert Historic Chicago High-Rise into Boutique Hotel

High Rise Facilities | August 20, 2014

Kimpton Hotel Group has acquired one of Chicago’s most threatened historic structures and plans to convert it into a four-star, 281-room hotel in the Central Loop district. Kimpton has purchased the 14-story New York Life Insurance Building at 39 South LaSalle Street in the Loop neighborhood in from Hamilton Partners. Including the cost of acquiring […]

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