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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.

Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Office Renovation
Federal Building Study and Arc Flash Assessment
Geoffroy Residence Hall
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
New Office
Levitt Center for University Advancement
Extension 4-H Youth Building
Hub Tower Conference Center
Ames Laboratory TASF and Spedding Hall Arc Flash Study
Executive Suites Renovation
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
Ames Laboratory Metal Development and Wilhelm Hall Electrical Study
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
Covered Walkway
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
Reid “E” Research Facility
ETRC Hoover Hall
Home Office Building with Expansion
Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Iowa City Federal Building - VHA Renovations
Utah Farm Bureau Center
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
ABC - Office Build-Out
Parking Garage
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Iowa Events Center
Science Center - New Facility
Ames Laboratory Metal Development and Wilhelm Hall Electrical Upgrades
ETRC Howe Hall
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Camp Dodge Urban Assault Course
Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
IADA Office Renovation
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
Biological Sciences Facility
Richard Bolling Federal Building Study and Arc Flash Assesment
College of Human Sciences
Memorial Union Food Court
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
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Dodge House Renovations
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
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