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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.

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