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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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Fire Protection Assessments in High-Rise Buildings

Fire Protection Assessments in High-Rise Buildings

High-rise facilities typically employ numerous safeguards above and beyond most non-high-rise buildings. Additional requirements regarding the number of fire sprinkler risers, sprinkler system design, and required number of exits are also imposed on “very tall” or “super high-rise” buildings (high-rises more than 420 feet in height). Fire protection assessments (FPAs) – essentially comprehensive fire and […]

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Silverstein Makes Its Case for a 100-Story Hudson Yards Skyscraper

Silverstein Makes Its Case for a 100-Story Hudson Yards Skyscraper

Representatives for Silverstein Properties, the developer behind most of the new World Trade Center high-rises, went before the Department of City Planning on July 31st to make their case for a 1,100 foot-tall, 100-story high-rise proposed for a two-acre Hudson Yards site at 520 West 41st Street. If approved, the building would be fourth largest […]

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30-Story Fifth Third Center in Charlotte, NC Sold for $215 Million

30-Story Fifth Third Center in Charlotte, NC Sold for $215 Million

Parmenter Realty Partners is under contract to sell Fifth Third Center in Charlotte, North Carolina for $215 million to Cousins Properties, after purchasing the trophy office tower two years ago for $163 million. The 30-story, 697,817 square foot building is located at 201 North Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, and was purchased by Parmenter Realty […]

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Prominent Fort Lauderdale Office High-Rise Sold for $66.4 Million

Prominent Fort Lauderdale Office High-Rise Sold for $66.4 Million

200 East Broward, a 21-story, Class A 225,650-square-foot office tower located in Fort Lauderdale’s Central Business District has been sold to TA Associates Realty of Boston, MA for $66,400,000, or $294 per square foot. The property was 88% leased to a diverse roster of tenants at the time of the sale. CBRE represented the seller, […]

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Marshall Hotels to Manage Boutique Hotel Rising in Lower Manhattan

Marshall Hotels to Manage Boutique Hotel Rising in Lower Manhattan

Marshall Hotels & Resorts has been selected by owner 10-12 MLane LLC to manage the under-construction 76,000-square-foot Hotel Indigo Manhattan Financial District. The $32 million facility will be the fifth Hotel Indigo in New York City, joining IHG’s existing locations in Brooklyn and Chelsea and two additional hotels that the company plans to develop in […]

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Retailers Signing On at Brookfield’s One New York Plaza Redevelopment

Retailers Signing On at Brookfield’s One New York Plaza Redevelopment

Seven retailers have signed on at Brookfield Property Partners’ 40,000-square foot retail area at One New York Plaza, a 2.6-million-square-foot office building located on the southeastern tip of Manhattan. The property is undergoing a $14-million redevelopment to its retail concourse, located in the two lower levels of One New York Plaza, which will include five […]

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Pair of Mixed-Use High-Rises Sell for $283 Million in L.A.’s Koreatown

Pair of Mixed-Use High-Rises Sell for $283 Million in L.A.’s Koreatown

In the largest multifamily, mixed-use transaction in California this year, a partnership of Capri Capital Partners and TruAmerica Multifamily has acquired the newly-built Vermont, a 464-unit high-rise apartment complex in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, for $283 million. The property also includes 31,000 square feet of retail space and a quarter-acre public courtyard along […]

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Boston’s 34-Story One Beacon Street Tower Sold for $561 Million

Boston’s 34-Story One Beacon Street Tower Sold for $561 Million

MetLife, Inc. and Norges Bank Investment Management have bought the One Beacon Street office building in Boston for approximately $561 million. Built in 1972 and refurbished in 1991, One Beacon Street Tower is Boston’s 14th-tallest building, standing 505 feet tall. MetLife and Norges Bank Investment Management bought the 34-story office tower from a joint venture […]

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Leasing Surge Brings Midtown Manhattan Office Building to Full Occupancy

Leasing Surge Brings Midtown Manhattan Office Building to Full Occupancy

Four leases totaling 48,482 square feet at 110 East 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan have increased occupancy at the landmarked 18-story, 206,853-square-foot office building to 100%. UK-based environmental consultancy SLR Acquisition Corp expanded by 11,305 square feet upon signing a five-year lease amendment to occupy a portion of the eighth floor, bringing its total commitment […]

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Grand Opening for 22-Story Tysons Tower in Northern Virginia

Grand Opening for 22-Story Tysons Tower in Northern Virginia

Macerich has officially opened the first phase of its large-scale, mixed-use urban expansion at Tysons Corner Center in Northern Virginia, including the 22-story Tysons Tower office building, signature outdoor Plaza and a new mall entrance that connects the high-performing retail property with the new development. Together with Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Macerich’s long-standing partner at […]

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Germany’s Post Tower Wins CTBUH 10-Year Award for Performance

Germany’s Post Tower Wins CTBUH 10-Year Award for Performance

Post Tower, a 163-meter office tower in Bonn, Germany, has received the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The 10 Year Award recognizes proven value and performance in a tall building, across one or more of a wide range of criteria, 10 years after a building has completed. […]

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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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Hawaii Updates Elevator Codes, Requires Written Maintenance Program

Hawaii Updates Elevator Codes, Requires Written Maintenance Program

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) has adopted new elevator standards effective this month. The adoption of the proposed administrative rules will bring elevator standards up to the 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards for new elevators and the 2011 ASME code for existing elevators. The revised rules also […]

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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 >>

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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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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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 >>

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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U.S. Bank Plaza in Minneapolis Awarded LEED Gold

U.S. Bank Plaza in Minneapolis Awarded LEED Gold

U.S. Bank Plaza in Minneapolis has received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) Rating System. The 22 and 40-story, Class A office towers are located in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, U.S. Bank Plaza contains 1.3 million rentable square […]

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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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Brookfield Names Paul Schulman President of U.S. Office Operations

Brookfield Names Paul Schulman President of U.S. Office Operations

High Rise Facilities | July 25, 2014

Brookfield Office Properties has named Paul Schulman President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Commercial Operations, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s 57-million-square-foot U.S. office business. Mr. Schulman will oversee functions including asset management, leasing, and operations of Brookfield’s 63-property U.S. portfolio located throughout New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Houston, Denver, […]

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Half Empty Dallas High-Rise, 1700 Pacific, Finally Finds a Buyer

Half Empty Dallas High-Rise, 1700 Pacific, Finally Finds a Buyer

High Rise Facilities | July 24, 2014

1700 Pacific, a Class A office tower in the Dallas Central Business District has been sold to Quebec, Canada-based Olymbec Group for an undisclosed price. The building has been on the market since last year. The 49-story office tower has 1.3 million square feet, three levels of on-site parking and an off-site parking garage connected […]

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One World Trade Center’s Massive Cement Core Provides Strength, Safety

One World Trade Center’s Massive Cement Core Provides Strength, Safety

High Rise Facilities | July 24, 2014

Rising a symbolic 1,776 feet above the skyline of Manhattan and standing as the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center is setting new standards in building a more resilient, safe and sustainable urban landscape. Monumental in scale, this landmark 104-story tower features 3,500,000 square feet of space that will accommodate activities […]

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SL Green and Jeff Sutton Sell Student Dormitory High-Rise at 180 Broadway

SL Green and Jeff Sutton Sell Student Dormitory High-Rise at 180 Broadway

High Rise Facilities | July 23, 2014

SL Green Realty and billionaire developer Jeff Sutton, have sold their Pace University dormitory high-rise at 180 Broadway for $222.5 million. The deal includes all their interests, including their fee position and retail condominium unit. SL Green owns the dormitory portion while Sutton owns the retail. the buyer was not immediately disclosed. 180 Broadway is […]

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Optical Turnstile Reads QR Code from Visitor Smartphone to Allow Entry

Optical Turnstile Reads QR Code from Visitor Smartphone to Allow Entry

Press Release | July 22, 2014

Smarter Security, a provider of entrance control and outdoor security solutions, has announced the availability of FastScan TVS PS, which is the latest model of the tenant/visitor system the company first released in 2008. The PS model allows the use of two modern technologies, QR codes and smartphones, to assist visitors in quickly and securely […]

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Six Tips to Keep Building Occupants Safe from Summer Fire Hazards

Six Tips to Keep Building Occupants Safe from Summer Fire Hazards

Press Release | July 22, 2014

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), summer fires rank second in incidence rates compared to other seasons, averaging almost 5,000 fires per day. “During the summer, we are most concerned with fire hazards associated with fireworks,” said Jamie Samide, Senior Director of Marketing, Cintas, a provider of fire protection services. “However, grills, camp […]

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