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EMC Insurance Companies

Owner: EMC Insurance

Architectural and Engineering Design Services: BBS Architects | Engineers

Construction Completed: 2018

Client Need: EMC Insurance Companies purchased the 21-story Hub Tower in 2010.  The high rise building, built in 1985, is adjacent to their main campus in downtown Des Moines.  After the purchase, EMC began updating building finishes and infrastructure.  In 2017, BBS and elevator consultant Lerch Bates undertook a project to modernize the building’s six main high-rise elevators with re-built motors, new, ADA compliant car interiors, new controllers, and a new control system. 

BBS Approach: The destination dispatch control system allows a potential rider to select their destination floor as they summon an elevator.  The system then assigns them an elevator to ride, grouping riders by destination floor.  This concept is designed to cut time waiting on elevator cabs and also to make rides faster.  The system learns rider patterns based on time of day and uses predictive algorithms to stage cars closer to anticipated demand.

Project Results: Hub tower was the first Midwestern high-rise to employ destination dispatch elevator control.

Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Dodge House Renovations
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Reid “E” Research Facility
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Corporate Headquarters
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Memorial Union Food Court
Utah Farm Bureau Center
Parking Garage
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Science Center - New Facility
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Biological Sciences Facility
College of Human Sciences
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
Levitt Center for University Advancement
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
Extension 4-H Youth Building
ABC - Office Build-Out
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Iowa City Federal Building - VHA Renovations
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
Corporate Highrise
Des Moines Public Market
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
219 Eighth Street
IADA Office Renovation
Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Executive Suites Renovation
Office Renovation
Hub Tower Conference Center
Home Office Building with Expansion
ETRC Howe Hall
Iowa Events Center
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
ETRC Hoover Hall
Covered Walkway
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
New Office
Goodnow Hall Restoration & Renovation
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