Cham­pi­oning Cre­ativ­ity

Asia Outlook - - Contents - Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Man­ager: Tom Cul­lum

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.

In­dus­try ex­per­tise

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.”

Sus­tain­able emer­gence

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.”

Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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

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.

Ben­pres re­de­vel­op­ment

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.”

Burj Khal­ifa

Ma­rina Bay Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre, Sin­ga­pore

Taipei 101

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

Ben­pres re­de­vel­op­ment

One Shen­zhen Bay Tower, China

Grand Hy­att ho­tel and res­i­dences, Manila

The Star, Sin­ga­pore

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