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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.

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