The one-stop curtain wall provider
Since ALT Limited was created more than a quarter of a century ago, it has established itself as a top-class service provider in Asia and further afield
LT Limited has been in operation for more than a quarter of a century in the façade consultancy industry, advancing over time to become a one-stop provider and the leading consultant in Asia.
The Company was founded in 1991 by Principal, Joe Theodore Khoury, and soon after it began its now extensive portfolio of work on a number of highprofile assignments. The initial projects included Taichung Tower in Taiwan, Seocho Fashion Centre in Korea and the Hong Kong Electric Company headquarters.
Khoury begins: “Over the years we have established partnerships with the world’s top architects and owners, playing a vital role in the development of facade systems for various celebrated landmarks around the world.”
After a relatively short period of time in operation, ALT expanded its efforts into the Philippine market, with noteworthy projects that included the GT International Tower, RCBC Plaza, Rockwell Centre, The Manansala, One McKinley, One Legazpi Park and Pacific Plaza.
A year later in 1998, ALT was awarded the most prestigious project in the Far East, the Taipei 101. Before the Burj Khalifa - another ALT project - was built in 2010, the Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world and perfectly supported the Company’s portfolio of 100-storey projects. These skyscraper developments include Shanghai World Financial Centre, International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen and Lotte Tower in Seoul.
“The bulk of our projects are situated in Asia, due to the fact that our offices are set‐up in Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur,” continues Khoury. “This year we have worked to expand our reach through the opening of our Cebu City office, the second largest city in the Philippines that perfectly caters for the quickly expanding Visayas‐Mindanao building construction, and soon we will be opening offices in Indonesia and Thailand.
“Our expertise in the market stems from more than two decades of design and practical experience in façade consultancy, adopting a proactive approach and formulating viable solutions. We address the concerns and coordinate closely with clients before the design has the opportunity to evolve too far.
“Our design team operates on state-of-the-art software in order to achieve accurate results in drawings and reviews, alongside utilising regular training and research to keep us abreast of the latest design trends, design engineering and technical management of cladding and wall systems.”
At ALT the Company brings together the best minds, who are all well-versed in all aspects of the façade consultancy business in order to provide the best possible service.
In its present form ALT’s operations are run by more than 100 personnel; half of which are highly experienced engineers and designers, and all of which hail from different countries and cover a variety of 10 languages.
“The progression of our employees is incredibly important to us, and in order to monitor progress we carry out annual performance assessments for our employees,” explains Khoury. “We more often than not send our employees to training opportunities abroad, including visits to the latest technology and testing facilities available in the market.”
Every employee within the Company works under the philosophy of
accountability, which subsequently encourages a sense of ownership on each and every project they are involved in.
Khoury adds: “We believe that hands-on experience in dealing with the projects is the best way to educate yourself, especially in the case of the complex world of façade design. In general our philosophy is to hire locally, which is predominantly due to the language, industry familiarity and at the same time local culture.”
ALT has built its foundations as a market leading company in façade consultancy, however, with the recent emergence of 3D-based platforms,
sustainability and green building initiatives - as well as the growing popularity of façade access and maintenance strategies for buildings - the Company has recently diversified its services.
“Now we are BIM (Building Information Modelling) –ready, offering LEED and façade access consultancy, allowing us to take on more of a holistic approach to each of our projects when it comes to both design and construction,” continues Khoury.
“Now our services are available for owners, developers and architects across façade, LEED and facade access consultancy services, design and engineering development, structural analysis of systems, value engineering and cost estimate, procurement and subcontractor selection, new material review study, peer review and due diligence studies among many more.”
Over the years there have been three constant strategies that ensured success in every project undertaken by ALT: persistence, quality and experience and the continuation of education.
“We have been privileged to work on some of the most prestigious projects in the world and are excited to work on a selection of new projects that are in the pipeline at present,” affirms Khoury. “These projects include the Benpres Redevelopment in the Philippines, Duo in Singapore and Landmark Pinnacle in London.
“There are several exciting projects in the Asian region at present -
particularly in China - and as we have strategic offices in China, Manila and Kuala Lumpur we are easily able to service the area accordingly.
“Utilising local representation has been key to all of our projects, not only those in the pipeline but also the current projects we are handling, making for the smooth coordination of both design and construction at all times.”
Landmark Pinnacle - launched by developer Chalegrove Properties Limited (CPL) - will be Europe’s tallest and most luxurious residential tower, located in Canary Wharf, with the best views in London.
The building will be the final addition to the Landmark Trilogy, comprising the 45‐floor Landmark East and
30‐floor Landmark West.
Through the combination of thoughtful design, spectacular views and world-class amenities, the ultimate living space has been created in one of London’s fastest growing areas.
With Squire and Partners as the design architect, ALT designed the façade to be a fully-unitised system, complete with argon‐filled, laminated insulated glass units (IGU); corrugated aluminium profiled metal spandrel panel, argon‐ filled laminated IGU sliding panels and a monolithic glass sliding door.
Despite facing challenging design requirements throughout the project, ALT was able to customise its designs in order to attain the intent required by the developer.
DUO, which was developed and owned by M+S Pte Ltd. is the largest integrated development in the fastchanging Ophir-Rochor precinct and is elevating the area’s standing as a premium city destination for leisure and business, housing the first luxury lifestyle Andaz Hotel in Southeast Asia and attracting multinational and Fortune 500 companies to relocate to DUO.
Designed by the award-winning architect, Ole Scheeren, Duo is the newest and largest integrated development to be completed in the area and home to the only Grade-A office space in the precinct.
The development is a mixed-use building with two towers, providing space for office, retail, hotel and residential purposes.
To bring Ole Scheeren’s design to life, the façade system designed by
ALT is a fully-unitised creation with hexagonal and vertical fin patterns – serving as shade from the sun - located on the towers and the glass is highperformance with ceramic frits.
A number of challenges were encountered during both the design and construction stages, with the Singapore code limiting the outdoor reflectance of glass usage. Due to the
fact that the design architect desired a metallic look to blend in with the hexagonal and vertical features, the winning combination of low-e coating and ceramic frit allowed ALT to meet the maximum reflectance.
The Benpres Building - originally known as the Chronicle Building - is an impressive six-storey Filipino modernist building, built in 1971.
With Don Eugenio Lopez’s commitment to building a world-class print media in those days, the Benpres Building was built to house the Lopez Group’s Manila Chronicle – one of the finest newspapers in Philippine history. As the family diversified into other businesses, the building also became home to First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPHC), the Lopez-owned holding company with interests in key industries such as clean energy generation, property, construction, and manufacturing, and its subsidiaries.
As the first construction project of FPHC and as a testament to the Company’s commitment to sustainability, the building is being redeveloped with the intention of creating a highly energy-efficient office HQ building. This has been ensured through the close collaboration with KPF (Architectural Design Consultant), PRSP (Architect of Record),
Meinhardt (MEPFS), SY2 (Structural), BUROHAPPOLD (Environmental/ Sustainability), and ALT (Façade Consultant).
The project’s construction is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, followed by a fourth quarter unveiling in 2022.
Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects in terms of façade design for ALT was the north-south façade which features a slanting glass wall, including operable windows at the bottom of the unit. In comparison to the conventional flat and fullyunitised systems, the slanting glass
required a thorough design of the vertical framing which included connectors or sleeves to make the panel work as one unit.
Although the Company’s history is firmly cemented in the Asian region, it also has strong connections in the far east where ALT provides services to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt and Qatar, as well as Italy, the UK, the US, Argentina and Chile.
“Despite the fact that we are independent and work towards remaining un-biased in the market, we also recognise that it is important to familiarise ourselves with all local manufacturers, suppliers and installers as buying local materials is far more economical than importing,” concludes Khoury. “It is a combination of our attitude, talent within the team and extensive industry experience that has led to our success, and we hope that moving forward this will enable us to expand into other markets as a multi-discipline company.”
Marina Bay Financial Centre, Singapore
GT Tower, Manila
Ping An IFC North Tower
Shangri La at the Fort
Artist’s impression of Landmark Pinnacle on the right of the image and existing Canary Wharf buildings on the left
DUO by Ole Scheeren ©Buro-OS Photo by Iwan Baan
International Commerce Center, Hong Kong
One Shenzhen Bay Tower, China
Grand Hyatt hotel and residences, Manila
The Star, Singapore