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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.

Ames Laboratory TASF and Spedding Hall Arc Flash Study
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Office Renovation
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Hub Tower Conference Center
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
New Office
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Richard Bolling Federal Building Study and Arc Flash Assesment
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Executive Suites Renovation
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Science Center - New Facility
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
Reid “E” Research Facility
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Ames Laboratory Metal Development and Wilhelm Hall Electrical Upgrades
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Biological Sciences Facility
IADA Office Renovation
ETRC Howe Hall
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Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Federal Building Study and Arc Flash Assessment
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Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Levitt Center for University Advancement
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
ETRC Hoover Hall
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Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Ames Laboratory Metal Development and Wilhelm Hall Electrical Study
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Corporate Headquarters Renovation
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
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Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
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