Higher Ground

An of­fice tower poised to change the way work spa­ces are de­signed

Red Magazine - - Special Feature - WORDS HONEY BAUTISTA

Soft gray glass, char­coal-gray alu­minum mul­lions, nat­u­ral char­coal-gray slate jux­ta­posed with ver­ti­cal wooden fins—the Me­narco Tower’s façade is about re­straint and el­e­gance. But apart from its strik­ing ex­te­ri­ors, this of­fice devel­op­ment is set to in­tro­duce a new method to how work spa­ces are built.

Cre­ated and con­cep­tu­al­ized around the idea of putting peo­ple first, the Me­narco Tower is the first and only of­fice in the Philip­pines to reg­is­ter for a WELL cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the In­ter­na­tional WELL Build­ing In­sti­tute. WELL mea­sures and mon­tiors seven dif­fer­ent ar­eas that could greatly af­fect an em­ployee's health and wellness: air, wa­ter, nour­ish­ment, light, fit­ness, com­fort, and the mind. To com­ply with WELL’s stan­dards, Me­narco will un­dergo an on-site as­s­es­ment and per­for­mance test­ing. This devel­op­ment came with newly im­proved air-con­di­tion­ing units and a wellness floor to pro­mote an ac­tive life­style among its ten­ants.

Me­narco Tower is also a cer­ti­fied Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign (LEED) Gold Tower. LEED uses an in­ter­na­tional and in­de­pen­dent green build­ing rat­ing sys­tem to en­sure that ev­ery struc­ture does not only cater to the con­cerns of peo­ple but ben­e­fits the en­vi­ron­ment as well.

With its ded­i­ca­tion to pro­vid­ing a space that is con­ducive to work, is safe, and con­trib­utes to its res­i­dents’ over­all well-be­ing, the Me­narco Tower sets a class of its own.

Me­nardo R. Jimenez, chair­man of the Me­narco Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and the artist's per­spec­tive of Me­narco Tower's main re­cep­tion

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