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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.

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