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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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Park Hyatt Hotel Opens at 90-Story Midtown Manhattan High-Rise

Park Hyatt Hotel Opens at 90-Story Midtown Manhattan High-Rise

Park Hyatt New York, the flagship hotel of the Park Hyatt brand has opened in Midtown Manhattan at 153 West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The hotel is spread across the first 25 floors of the Extell Development’s 90-story One57 tower, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. Hyatt paid $390 million […]

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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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Design-Build Team Selected for Speculative Denver High-Rise

Design-Build Team Selected for Speculative Denver High-Rise

The Weitz Company will soon get to work constructing One Belleview Station, a 16-story, 340,000 square foot, speculative Class A office building, located adjacent to the light rail station at the intersection of I-25 and Belleview Avenue in the Denver Tech Center. Developer Prime West in partnership with Goldman Sachs, selected Weitz to lead the […]

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Steve Frame Joins Lerch Bates SoCal Elevator Consulting Group

Steve Frame Joins Lerch Bates SoCal Elevator Consulting Group

Steve Frame has been named project manager for Lerch Bates’ elevator consulting group. He recently joined the firm in its Lake Forest office in Orange County, Calif. As a project manager, Frame manages vertical transportation consulting services for design, inspection, maintenance, due diligence and modernization throughout Southern California. He most recently served in project management […]

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Four New Hires in JLL’s Boston Project Management Group

Four New Hires in JLL’s Boston Project Management Group

Ted Finnerty joins the Boston team from JLL’s New York office, where he was a Vice President and Associate Director. Prior to coming to Boston, Finnerty led the 12-person capital improvement team for the Empire State Building. The team implemented owner work, over $80 million of construction annually, and oversaw another $60 million annually of […]

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Strong Demand for Space at West Palm Beach High-Rise Complex

Strong Demand for Space at West Palm Beach High-Rise Complex

Phillips Point, built in 1986 is one of West Palm Beach’s most high profile office properties and it continues to enjoy a historically high occupancy rate with $46.5 million in recent leasing transactions. The complex consists of 423,323 rentable square feet in two towers, a 19-story West Tower and a 13-story East Tower and a […]

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Los Angeles High-Rise Installs HVAC Opimization Software

Los Angeles High-Rise Installs HVAC Opimization Software

Constellation Place in Century City, CA is known for its progressive environmental efforts. From solar panels and fuel cells to high-efficiency plumbing and lighting, this 35-story JMB Realty Corp. architectural landmark is setting the bar in efficiency. It is the recipient of the BOMA 360 Performance Program Designation and is officially certified by the city […]

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Empire State Building Cuts $7.5M in Energy Costs Over Past Three Years

Empire State Building Cuts $7.5M in Energy Costs Over Past Three Years

The Empire State Building has surpassed the energy savings guaranteed through its innovative energy-efficiency program for the third consecutive year. This year, the iconic property beat its energy-efficiency guarantee by 15.9 percent, saving $2.8 million. Over the past three years, the program has generated a total of approximately $7.5 million in energy savings at the […]

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Hines Acquires Pier 1 Imports Building in Fort Worth

Hines Acquires Pier 1 Imports Building in Fort Worth

Hines has acquired the landmark Chesapeake Plaza, a 409,977-square-foot, 20-story, Class A office building located on more than 14 acres of land along the Trinity River in Fort Worth’s central business district. It was completed in 2004 and originally developed as the headquarters location for Pier 1 Imports. Pier 1 Imports sold the building to […]

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Complex Financing Arranged for Historic St. Louis High-Rise Redevelopment

Complex Financing Arranged for Historic St. Louis High-Rise Redevelopment

Plymouth, Minnesota-based apartment developer Dominium plans to convert the century-old Arcade Building, located at 800 Olive St. in St. Louis,  into a mixed-use space for university classes and 282 market rate and affordable-housing apartments. U.S. Bank has arranged several tax-credit financing packages of more than $77 million to fund the development. The renovation of the […]

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Restoration Completed at Seattle’s First Skyscraper

Restoration Completed at Seattle’s First Skyscraper

The Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square has completed a 19-month, $750,000 restoration of its historic building. The downtown Seattle hotel, at 612 Second Ave., is an adaptive reuse of the 1904 Historic Alaska Building. While the restored Pioneer Square hotel today houses smartly redesigned rooms, a high-tech lobby and numerous modern amenities, the building’s historic roots […]

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Latest Vertical Transportation News >>

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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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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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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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 >>

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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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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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 Proposes Space Efficient Downtown Pittsburgh Office High-Rise

Developer Proposes Space Efficient Downtown Pittsburgh Office High-Rise

High Rise Facilities | August 8, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Oxford Development  has proposed a  new Class-A 20-story office tower in Downtown Pittsburgh. Previously, the developer had been pitching a 33-story high-rise  to replace an existing building at 441 Smithfield Street. The new tower is being called 350 Fifth and was designed to accommodate two anchor tenants and, if built, would be Pittsburgh’s 40th […]

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Iowa’s Tallest High-Rise, 801 Grand, Has a New Leasing Agent

Iowa’s Tallest High-Rise, 801 Grand, Has a New Leasing Agent

High Rise Facilities | August 8, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa’s tallest office building, 801 Grand, has a new leasing agent. The Principal Financial Group has named the Iowa office of the commercial real estate services firm JLL exclusive leasing agent. JLL will also continue to operate as the building’s Property Manager under the direction of GM Carissa Schmidt. JLL has served as […]

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Groundbreaking for Another High-Rise in Houston’s Energy Center Complex

Groundbreaking for Another High-Rise in Houston’s Energy Center Complex

High Rise Facilities | August 8, 2014

Trammell Crow Company has started construction on Energy Center Five, a speculative Class A, 18 story office tower located on North Eldridge Parkway, just south of Interstate 10, and adjacent to Energy Center Three and Four. Completion is scheduled for 2Q 2016. “Energy Center Five is the fifth and final phase of office development we […]

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Moinian Group Secures Financing for 60-Story Manhattan Residential High-Rise

Moinian Group Secures Financing for 60-Story Manhattan Residential High-Rise

High Rise Facilities | August 8, 2014

The Moinian Group has secured a $539 million loan with the New York State Housing Finance Agency, with credit enhancement from Bank of China and Ullico for its 1.16 million-square-foot luxury 60-story residential rental tower located at the northwest corner of West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue. SL Green will be participating as an investor […]

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Baltimore’s 30-Story HarborView Tower to Undergo Interior Renovations

Baltimore’s 30-Story HarborView Tower to Undergo Interior Renovations

High Rise Facilities | August 8, 2014

On the heels of a $6 million exterior renovation project, The HarborView Towers Council of Unit Owners approved plans for a $1.8 million restoration and redesign of the building’s interior spaces at a board meeting on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The HarborView Towers, which opened in 1993 as a waterfront condominium building, led the residential […]

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Meredith Corp. Renews 23,000 SF Lease at Chicago’s 333 N. Michigan

Meredith Corp. Renews 23,000 SF Lease at Chicago’s 333 N. Michigan

High Rise Facilities | August 7, 2014

Meredith Corporation has renewed its space on the 14th and 15th floors at 333 N. Michigan in Chicago’s loop community. MBRE leases and manages the building which is owned by Wirtz Realty Corporation. Meredith Corporation is a leading media and marketing company serving American women through well-known national brands such as Better Homes and Gardens, […]

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