PBCom Tower

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PBCom Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 6795 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Coordinates 14°33′29.90″N 121°1′9.51″E / 14.5583056°N 121.0193083°E / 14.5583056; 121.0193083Coordinates: 14°33′29.90″N 121°1′9.51″E / 14.5583056°N 121.0193083°E / 14.5583056; 121.0193083
Construction started 1998
Opening 2000
Cost US$74,000,000 [1]
Owner Philippine Bank of Communications
Height
Antenna spire 259 m (849.7 ft)
Roof 241 m (790.7 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 52 aboveground, 7 belowground
Floor area 119,905 m2 (1,291,000 sq ft) [1][2]
Lifts/elevators 17
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP; GF & Partners Architects [3]
Developer Philippine Bank of Communications & Filinvest Development Corporation
Structural engineer Aromin & Sy + Associates, Inc.[4]
Main contractor Samsung Construction Company Philippines, Inc. [5]
References
[2][6][7]

The Philippine Bank of Communications Tower, more commonly known as PBCom Tower, is an office skyscraper ranked officially as the tallest building in the Philippines since 2000. It has a total ground to architectural top height of 259 metres (850 ft), with 52 storeys [8] including an 8-level radio tower. It is a joint development of Filinvest Asia Corporation (FAC) and the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom). The building is the home of PBCom, one of the oldest Philippine banks. The bank occupies the building's first ten floors, with a food court on the seventh floor. It is also home to a competitor bank, East West Bank, which is based in the building's twentieth and twenty-first floors, which are controlled by Filinvest Land.

Location[edit]

The building is located at Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street in Makati City, right inside the Makati Central Business District. The stretch of Ayala Avenue where PBCom Tower is located also has the main branches of the following banks Quadrant Information Services Inc., Metrobank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Banco de Oro(Equitable PCI Towers IⅈEquitable Bank Tower), Export and Industry Bank. It houses international call centers such as Stream Global Services, Citibank, Convergys, HSBC HDPP, IBM Daksh, and ICT.

Design and construction[edit]

PBCom Tower was designed by local architectural firm GF & Partners Architects, in cooperation with international architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP;[3] and structural design was provided by local engineering company Aromin & Sy + Associates.[4] Project and construction management services was provided by I.A. Campbell & Associates, a Philippine-based project management company,[1] while construction works was done by Samsung Engineering & Construction's local branch Samsung Construction Company Philippines, Inc. Samsung is known as the builder of the world's tallest buildings, including the Petronas Twin Towers, Taipei 101, and the Burj Khalifa.[9]

Besides these companies, other members of the design team include Edgett Williams Consulting Group (Elevator Design), Golder Associates, Inc. (Seismic Study); Fisher, Marantz, Rentro, Stone (Lighting consultant); Shel Milson & Wilke (Acoustic Analysis); CDC Limited (Curtain Wall design); Control Risks, Inc. (Security System design); N.B.F. Water & Wastewater Services (Sanitary System design); DCCD Engineering Corp. (Electrical Systems design); R.J. Calpo & Partners (Mechanical Systems design); and Radian Technology, Inc. (Fire Protection System design).[10]

Its exterior double-glazed, unitized curtain walls in aluminum frames, together with a monumental lighting effect, create a facade that reflects a fusion of art and function. Its interiors are an elegant interplay of glass, natural stone and metal. A landscaped garden in stepped podium also adds to the natural effect of the building's design. The building also utilizes tinted insulated vision glass in full height for the curtain walls to seal off heat and noise [10]

The offices spaces feature high ceiling headroom to enhance cozy working atmosphere; perimeter columns to provide flexibility in interior space planning; provision for raised access floor or underslab ducts; and having continuous wide panels in full height glazing allow magnificent views while providing ample natural light into the offices.[10]

Amenities[edit]

The building also has banking facilities for efficient business transactions; food court with outdoor garden cafe; a business center to complement corporate operations; and a roofdeck helipad for alternate transport access and emergency evacuation.[10]

Other amenities include a 100% standby generators, lightning protection and grounding systems, structured cabling system for high-speed transmission of data, video and voice communications, provision for fiber optic telecommunications system, advanced building management system, CCTV monitoring at strategic locations controlled at the central command station on a 24-hour basis, fire alarm and automatic fire sprinkler systems, dual water supply with water treatment facility, underground and overhead water reservoir, 2 individually controlled Air Handling Units per floor with allotted air condition load for after-office use, a communications tower, voice and smoke evacuation systems and a gondola system for building exterior maintenance.[10]

The building is equipped with 17 high-speed tower lifts in 3 zones lift-group to ensure minimum waiting time, 4 shuttle lifts for parking and amenity floors and 1 service elevator for all floors.[10]

The building's parking facilities have a secure and integrated multi-level design with paging system and a drivers’ lounge.[10]

The PBCom Tower has been designated by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as one of only two certified Information Technology (IT) buildings in the country. IT companies occupying the PBCom Tower will enjoy special tax incentives and other privileges from the government.[11]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c I.A. Campbell & Associates, Inc.Projects - PBCom Tower
  2. ^ a b Skyscraperpage.com "PBCom Tower" page
  3. ^ a b GF & Partners Architects. The construction of PBCom Tower was started in November 1995 and was completed on April 26, 2000, and its opening on June 21, 2000. Our Projects - Completed Office Buildings
  4. ^ a b Aromin & Sy + Associates Our Projects
  5. ^ Filinvest Group Official Website "Operating Highlights - Property Development" page
  6. ^ Emporis.com PBCom Tower
  7. ^ HLURB website List of Makati Projects
  8. ^ Filinvest Official Website PBCom Tower page.
  9. ^ Samsung C&T Website Products & Services - Super Highrise
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Filinvest Group website PBCom Tower Design Team
  11. ^ Philippine Economic Zone Authority List of Economic Zones - NCR Makati - PBCom Tower

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