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Durst Teams-Up with Lincoln Equities on Massive Queens Residential Project

Durst Teams-Up with Lincoln Equities on Massive Queens Residential Project

The Durst Organization is investing $1.5 billion in a residential and retail development on the Halletts Peninsular in Astoria Queens. The development will build 2,404 units of rental housing, including 483 affordable units in eight high-rise buildings up to 40-stories tall. The project will transform an undeveloped and isolated stretch of the Queens waterfront into […]

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36-Story Regions Tower in Indianapolis Sold for $48 Million

36-Story Regions Tower in Indianapolis Sold for $48 Million

A partnership between McKnight Realty and the Maurer Family and Bob Schloss has sold Regions Tower, located in the heart of Indianapolis’ Central Business District. Nightingale Properties purchased the 36-story office tower for $48 million. JLL arranged the financing which was provided by Citibank and includes future funding for capital improvements and leasing costs. With […]

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CBRE Global Investors Acquires 100 High Street in Boston

CBRE Global Investors Acquires 100 High Street in Boston

CBRE Global Investors has acquired 100 High Street in Boston, Massachusetts, the 28-story trophy office tower and associated 273-space below-grade parking garage, from Oxford Properties. The Cushman & Wakefield team led by President Robert Griffin, Vice Chairman Edward Maher and Executive Director Matt Pullen oversaw the transaction. 100 High Street is a distinctive blue-glass, 546,336 […]

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Cushman & Wakefield Named Leasing Agent for 650 California Street

Cushman & Wakefield Named Leasing Agent for 650 California Street

Cushman & Wakefield has been appointed exclusive leasing agent for the office high-rise 650 California Street in San Francisco. Atlanta-based Columbia Property Trust recently purchased the building from New York City-based Tishman Speyer and Prudential Real Estate. The 478,392 sq. ft., 33-story, Class-A building is located within the highly desirable Financial District sub-market in downtown […]

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Chetrit Group Buys Two Upper East Side Residential High-Rises

Chetrit Group Buys Two Upper East Side Residential High-Rises

The estate of Harry Helmsley’s former business partner Irving Schneider has sold Yorkshire Towers and Lexington Towers, two Upper East Side residential buildings with a combined 861 rental units to a venture controlled by The Chetrit Group and Laurence Gluck. The price was not disclosed but is estimated at close to $500 million. More than […]

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InterContinental to Operate Hotel at New Wilshire Grand Skyscraper in L.A.

InterContinental to Operate Hotel at New Wilshire Grand Skyscraper in L.A.

U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), will operate the hotel at the new $1.1 billion Wilshire Grand high-rise under construction in downtown Los Angeles. The skyscraper, being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. and Hanjin Group, will feature a 900-room hotel — the largest InterContinental hotel in the Americas region. The hotel will be the first […]

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Ross Stores Buys 21-Story 1372 Broadway in Manhattan

Ross Stores Buys 21-Story 1372 Broadway in Manhattan

Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm, announced today that it has sold, on behalf of a controlled affiliate, the leasehold interest in an office building located at 1372 Broadway in New York City to an affiliate of Ross Stores, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The 21-story, 572,000 square-foot building […]

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Boston’s 101 Seaport High-Rise Office Tower Topped Out

Boston’s 101 Seaport High-Rise Office Tower Topped Out

Boston’s 101 Seaport, a $126 million, 17-story, 440,000 square-foot office tower with 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail targeting LEED Platinum certification, celebrated a topping out today. To celebrate the occasion, local political officials along with executives from builder Skanska and anchor tenant PwC US joined a crew of more than 120 construction workers […]

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Hill Int’l Leases Two Floors at Philly’s One Commerce Square for New Headquarters

Hill Int’l Leases Two Floors at Philly’s One Commerce Square for New Headquarters

Construction risk manager Hill International has signed a lease with Brandywine Realty Trust for approximately 60,000 square feet of trophy-class office space at One Commerce Square located at 2005 Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hill will be moving its global corporate headquarters from Marlton, New Jersey and consolidating space with its existing Philadelphia office in […]

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Scale Tilting in Favor Of Landlords in Several Major U.S. Office Markets

Scale Tilting in Favor Of Landlords in Several Major U.S. Office Markets

The delicate balance between a landlord-favorable market and a tenant-favorable market is approaching a tipping point in several major U.S. cities, according to CBRE’s latest OccupierView report, which analyzes the nation’s office markets from the tenant perspective. Tightening conditions are challenging tenants in most downtown areas from both cost and availability perspectives, the report finds, […]

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New Leasing Agent and Renovations for One Chase Manhattan Plaza

New Leasing Agent and Renovations for One Chase Manhattan Plaza

Fosun Property Holdings has retained JLL to handle the leasing of One Chase Manhattan Plaza, a Manhattan high-rise office building that Fosun purchased in December, 2013. Locate in the Wall Street Financial Distric, the 60-story, 2.2 million-square-foot class-A office building will have more than 1 million square feet of office space available for new tenants […]

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Cassidy Turley Agrees to be Acquired by DTZ Investment Consortium

Cassidy Turley Agrees to be Acquired by DTZ Investment Consortium

Washington, D.C.-based Cassidy Turley has agreed to be acquired by DTZ Investment Holdings, which itself is being acquired by a consortium comprised of TPG, PAG Asia Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The consortium’s acquisition of DTZ is currently scheduled to close around October 31, 2014. The acquisition of Cassidy Turley is expected to close […]

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Schindler Introduces Next Generation of Web Based Elevator Monitoring Tools

Schindler Introduces Next Generation of Web Based Elevator Monitoring Tools

Schindler Elevator has announced the next generation of its Customer Score Card, an online tool that provides users with detailed information on all Schindler maintained equipment. Customer Score Card was first introduced in the 1990s. The latest version allows for secure accounts accessible from a computer or a tablet. Designed as a performance indicator with […]

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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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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 >>

Opening Plenary Speakers Announced for Greenbuild 2014

Opening Plenary Speakers Announced for Greenbuild 2014

Opening Plenary speakers for USGBC’s 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo will include author and environmentalist Paul Hawken; investor, philanthropist, and advanced energy advocate Tom Steyer; and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The Opening Plenary takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the New Orleans Superdome. Hawken, Steyer and Gov. O’Malley will take the stage […]

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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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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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PM Realty Group Decides to Manage Residential High-Rises In-House

PM Realty Group Decides to Manage Residential High-Rises In-House

High Rise Facilities | September 19, 2014

Houston-based PM Realty Group (PMRG), has brought property management services in-house for its multi-family division. The firm has hired 30-year industry veteran Joan Maxwell as Senior Vice President who will work with PMRG Executive Vice President Bryant Nail to expand the business in key markets through the United States, the company announced. Prior to joining […]

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Coworking Center to Open at One South Wacker Office Tower in Chicago

Coworking Center to Open at One South Wacker Office Tower in Chicago

High Rise Facilities | September 18, 2014

As part of a dramatic repositioning of its acquisition of its 1.2 million square foot office building at One South Wacker Drive in Chicago, an Harbor Group International has signed New York’s Serendipity Labs to open and manage a 30,000 square foot co-working lounge and conference center on the Mezzanine level and second floor of […]

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Irvine, CA Office High-Rise Achieves 43.7% Reduction in HVAC Energy Use

Irvine, CA Office High-Rise Achieves 43.7% Reduction in HVAC Energy Use

High Rise Facilities | September 18, 2014

An initial two-day validation exercise at 2600 Michelson, a 300,000-square-foot, high-rise office tower in Irvine, California, revealed that the building’s recent HVAC efficiency upgrade will provide a 43.7% reduction in HVAC energy usage. This reduction equates to a projected savings of nearly one million kWh per year. The 16-story tower, built in 1986, is owned […]

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Another Private Sector Tenant Signs on at 4 World Trade Center

Another Private Sector Tenant Signs on at 4 World Trade Center

High Rise Facilities | September 18, 2014

Silverstein Properties announced today that investment research provider Morningstar, Inc. has signed a 10-year, 30,000 square foot lease at 4 World Trade Center. The company expects to move to the 48th floor of 4 World Trade Center in mid-2015. “The new World Trade Center is open and great companies want to be here,” said Larry […]

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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

High Rise Facilities | September 17, 2014

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

High Rise Facilities | September 17, 2014

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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