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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.

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