Delivering internationally awarded office buildings

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In Photo: On top of state-of-the-art amenities and a unique visual identity, the award-winning project of Daiichi Properties boasts structural resilience to wind and earthquakes.

IN the years that I have known them, I have been a constant witness to the consistent excellence of Daiichi Properties’s office developments. That said, I am especially thrilled to see yet another world-class, sustainable and environment-friendly office building completed in one of the country’s most progressive districts.

One of the most exciting developments shaping Metro Manila in recent years, The Finance Centre in Bonifacio Global City is testament to the brilliance that Daiichi Properties aspire to echo in their office spaces.

Delivering on that promise, the leading office developer finally held the topping-off rites for their latest award-winning project on February 27. The world-class office building is set to be formally completed in the second quarter of 2018.

Daiichi Properties Senior Vice President Charmaine Uy (second from left) receives the Best Office Development-Philippines award for The Finance Centre from Grohe COO Nishant Grover. With them are Lord Courtown (left), one of three chairmen of the awards’ judging panel, and Stuart Shield (right), chairman of the International Property Awards.

Award-winning office space

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Months ahead of its topping-off ceremony, The Finance Centre was awarded the Five-Star Best Office Development by the Asia Pacific Property Awards in 2016, in recognition of its exemplary design, quality, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability. Being the third time that Daiichi has won the award—first for One World Place in 2013 then World Plaza in 2015—the distinction has once again cemented Daiichi’s standing as one of the leading office-space developers in the country.

“We constantly drive toward redefining our industry, and our latest achievements are merely a manifestation of our company’s culture,” said Daiichi SVP Charmaine Uy, who represented Daiichi at the awarding ceremony in Malaysia. “Our people have been the reason for these wins. We pride ourselves in having exceptionally passionate and innovative people with shared values and goals.”

The third to give Daiichi Properties an international accolade, The Finance Centre held its topping-off rites on February 27 and is scheduled to be formally completed in the second quarter of 2018.

Cutting-edge spaces that foster collaboration

For 27 years Daiichi has been committed to providing Metro Manila’s forward-looking financial districts with state-of-the-art office spaces that will match their dynamic needs. Designed by internationally renowned architectural firm Gensler, Daiichi’s latest project is a 42-story premium Grade A building that boasts several notable features. Check this out: a spacious 1,700-square-meter plaza with water features and sunken gardens, 31 floors of office spaces, a retail podium with a sky garden, a floor for health and wellness amenities, and open, column-free floor layouts that allow tenants to design their work spaces according to their own requirements.

As for the choice to make the building’s office spaces more open and highly customizable, Daiichi Properties continued to integrate their vision of work spaces, buildings and communities as being more attuned to the changing concept of work. Striving to catch up with the demand for so-called office spaces of the future, Daiichi also sought to implement the highly networked, multipurpose and highly collaborative features of its previous projects in this new venture.

Apart from the need for a distinct visual identity for The Finance Centre, Daiichi and Gensler worked together to design a unique building form with a final layout that could respond to the various planning needs of future tenants.

Performance-based design and structural soundness

To ensure cutting-edge structural performance for this project, Daiichi put New York-based Thornton Tomasettti and Makati-based Sy^2 at the helm of its structural engineering requirements based on performance-based design principles. The Finance Centre, thus, proudly joins other iconic structures across the globe, such as The Shanghai Tower, that were structurally engineered by the esteemed firm.

With at least 20 typhoons slamming the Philippines each year, performance-based tests that ensure structural resilience to wind, side by side with seismic resilience, became crucial for engineering The Finance Centre. According to Uy, this commitment to structural soundness has been a practice by Daiichi long before the prevalence of earthquake scares, and also in response to the growing need for buildings in Metro Manila to withstand strong typhoons.

Calling the corner of the 26th and 9th avenues its home, The Finance Centre is poised to become one of the most vibrant additions to BGC’s major office and residential buildings, hotels, restaurants  and cosmopolitan establishments.

Daiichi Properties have been delivering award-winning office developments with consistency, which is a definite boon to the local real-estate industry. I am positive that with the world-class developments of innovative companies like Daiichi, our country’s property development landscape is on the way to become the most progressive that it has ever been.