De­vel­oper tops off green build­ing in BGC

Manila Bulletin - - Property News - Artist’s per­spec­tive of The Fi­nance Cen­tre in Boni­fa­cio Global City.

When Dai­ichi Prop­er­ties broke ground for The Fi­nance Cen­tre in Boni­fa­cio Global City in June of 2014, it promised to build a world-class of­fice build­ing that will have mod­ern yet sus­tain­able and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly fea­tures.

Three years later, the de­vel­oper de­liv­ers by giv­ing the lo­cal real es­tate in­dus­try one of the best of­fice devel- op­ments to­day with the top­ping-off rites for the 42-storey The Fi­nance Cen­tre last Feb. 27. The build­ing will be com­pleted in the se­cond quar­ter of 2018.

The Fi­nance Cen­tre was de­signed by world-renowned ar­chi­tec­tural firm Gensler, which also de­signed the head­quar­ters of Face­book, Airbnb, and Uniqlo.

Lo­cated at the cor­ner of 26th and 9th Av­enues, The Fi­nance Cen­tre fea­tures open spa­ces that aim to in­spire cre­ativ­ity and col­lab­o­ra­tion—an ex­pan­sive 1,700-sqm plaza with wa­ter fea­tures, as well as a sky gar­den above its re­tail podium.

The build­ing also has open, col­umn-free floor lay­outs that give ten­ants the free­dom to cre­ate their own op­ti­mal work en­vi­ron­ments based on the needs of their busi­ness.

“We made a prom­ise at the start of the devel­op­ment that we will build a world-class build­ing that the lo­cal real es­tate in­dus­try can be proud of,” said Char­maine Uy, SVP at Dai­ichi. “To de­liver on that prom­ise, we saw to it that we strictly fol­lowed the de­sign spec­i­fi­ca­tions of our part­ner Gensler as well as the di­rec­tions of our struc­tural en­gi­neers.”

For this pro­ject, the de­vel­oper re­tained the ser­vices of New York-based Thorn­ton To­masetti and Makati-based Sy^2 for struc­tural engineerin­g, us­ing per­for­mance-based de­sign prin­ci­ples.

Dai­ichi’s struc­tural eval­u­a­tion ef­forts in­clude per­for­mance-based tests that cover not only seis­mic re­silience but also struc­tural re­silience to wind, which is par­tic­u­larly crit­i­cal to high­rise build­ings in a coun­try that is vis­ited by mul­ti­ple ty­phoons a year.

“Our build­ings are de­signed to be nat­u­rally re­sis­tant to both earth­quakes and strong ty­phoons,” added Uy. Tes­ta­ment to the build­ing’s ex­cel­lence, even be­fore its com­ple­tion, The Fi­nance Cen­tre al­ready won the Five-Star Best Of­fice Devel­op­ment given by the Asia Pa­cific Prop­erty Awards in 2016—the third award that Dai­ichi Prop­er­ties got for its of­fice de­vel­op­ments.

The build­ing is also LEED pre­cer­ti­fied Gold, one of the few build­ings in the coun­try to have such dis­tinc­tion.

Top­ping-off rites, from left: Engr. Jose Lu­cio Men­doza (AVP Op­er­a­tions, EEI), Engr. An­dres Tum­bokon III (VP Op­er­a­tions, EEI), Engr. An­to­nio Pas­cua (Se­nior EVP, EEI), Sal­vador Uy (pres­i­dent, Dai­ichi Prop­er­ties), Char­maine Uy (SVP, Dai­ichi Prop­er­ties),...

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