Banco Procredit building

Banco Procredit building

This project entailed the construction of a main building of 9,000 m2 and external works of 5,000 m2. The main building comprises five levels and a basement. In structural terms, it is made up of a framework of concrete pillars with fliligran-type floor slabs for a monolithic finish. The building has curtain-wall-type facades made of glass and a metallic liner; the roof of the building is made of impermeable rooftop slabs.

The external works included building access and the parking lots, as well as the construction of streets, pavements and platforms, landscape gardening, control booths, perimeter walls and gates.

Client: Banco PROCREDIT

Start date: 2008

End date: 2010

Bancomer Operations Centre and Bancomer Tower

Bancomer Operations Centre and Bancomer Tower

FCC is constructing the Bancomer Operations Centre and executing the foundations for the Bancomer Tower.

Bancomer Tower

At the beginning of 2014, this will be the second highest skyscraper, at 235 metres, in Mexico City and in the country, after the Reforma Tower at 244 metres.

This tower will be the main headquarters in Mexico of BBVA Bancomer, containing the main offices for this country and for all Latin-America.

This new skyscraper, with its post-modern design, is being constructed in an area of 183,000 square metres, located in front of the Torre Mayor. It will have 50 floors. The design includes green belts and its specifications will allow some 25% energy savings, together with water consumption reduction of between 30% and 50%.

Bancomer Operations Centre

The building is to be the BBVA Bancomer Operations Centre, which will house 4,215 employees and it was designed by the prestigious architecture studio of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; it is being constructed on a 13,442 square metre plot in an area of great expansion called Nuevo Polanco, between Mariano Escobedo Avenue and Calle Laguna de Mayrán.

The building design philosophy was based on space and energy efficiency, supported by the use of cutting-edge technology in order to obtain the building environmental certification under the concept of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Level.

The structure is of reinforced concrete and the floor surfaces vary on various levels to produce a pleasant volumetry of façades, designed with materials having technical properties that reduce electricity consumption.

It will have a total constructed area of 153,256 square metres made up of thirty levels, technical floors and heliport, in addition to nine basements for 2,332 parking spaces, with a building height of 131.65 metres above the grade line.

It will also include a dining room for 900 persons, an auditorium, five terraces, an amenities pavilion and twenty-nine lifts.

Remarkable aspects

  • The mixed concrete and steel tower structure.
  • The very latest seismic technology will be employed, together with the highest safety factors.
  • The tower will integrate high technology and solar protection for energy savings as well as vertical gardens every three floors.

Client: BBVA

Start date: 24/04/2011

End date: Under construction

Banpro corporate building

The Banpro corporate building, Banco de la Producción (the largest private bank in Nicaragua) is an office building for its headquarters, located in District III of the City of Managua on the south side of the Rotonda El Gueguense.

This is an outstanding project because of its elegant architectonic design, which follows modern trends of spatial design and the responsibility of the firm Zurcher Arquitectos (Costa Rica).

The project  consists of exterior gardened areas, 7,296 square metres of parking lots and 9,909 square metres of construction divided on five levels: a basement and four floors.

The basement contains employee parking spaces and the technical rooms. The first level holds the bank, a stock exchange post and money exchange, the employees dining room and public circulation areas. The credit area, human resources, private banking and bank management are all on the second level, together with the public areas and health services. The third level contains the corporate market and risk areas, the legal department and financial management. The fourth level houses the bank's private areas, such as the Presidency and the shareholders assembly room.

The works are designed under a modern-futuristic architectonic concept and the overall design adopts the most innovating spatial trends.

The floor spaces are constructed with a form of prefabricated slab known as filigree, which provides many advantages in execution times.

The works include the use of aluminium and double glazing, which cover large open areas of the façade. This type of glass reflects sunlight and heat and withstands wind pressures.

The Banpro central headquarters have a very small perimeter wall that enables the entire green belt and its façade to be appreciated from all angles.

The building incorporates cutting-edge lift technology and has a structured wiring system with everything associated with electricity, internal networks and the Internet. 

Remarkable aspects

  • Presented with the second Cemex 2009 International Works Award in the accessibility category.
  • Banpro headquarters with a modern-futuristic architectonic design that includes the most innovating trends.
  • The use of double glazing for the façade that reflects sunlight, heat and withstands wind pressure.

Client: Desarrollo inmobiliario El Renacer

Start date: 2007

End date: 2009

Castellana Tower (Madrid)

This is the highest skyscraper in Madrid, with a height of 250 metres

The Castellana Tower is a skyscraper in Madrid, located with three others within the complex called the Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA), in the Fuencarral-El Pardo district. Its 250 metres of height make it the highest building in Spain, the fourth in the European Union and the tenth in all Europe.

The building was designed by architect Norman Foster and has two types of elevation.

- Glazed elevation, which is open and wide to the south and north, farmed by the vertical cores on the sides.

- Stepped elevation to the east and west, composed of a solid slender core in the foreground and the glazed floors in the background

The tower has a double structure; a main reinforced concrete structure formed by the vertical cores that form a frame to support the weight of the building and the horizontal wind forces; and the secondary metal structure that forms the various levels, grouped into three blocks of eleven, twelve and eleven floors.

The secondary structure of steel beams is designed based on large spans of up to 15 x 18 metres between supports. Because of this structure of exterior cores and large spans, a very extensive office surface area is achieved that is practically unobstructed, with identical repetition in height that endows the building with flexibility and rationalisation for optimum architectonic and commercial exploitation

The building construction includes another group of technical buildings, well above the roof over the last office floor, thus creating an arch that visually lightens the highest part of the tower.

The first technical floor is 24 metres from the ground and produces a spectacular reception hall, which is a completely open large-volume space. Included in the high part of this large hall space is an auditorium, with capacity for 300 people and which hangs from the technical floor structure.

There are five parking floors below the grade line, with a total 1,150-vehicle capacity. The second basement has a double-height space with outside access for use as unloading docks. 

Remarkable aspects

  • It is the highest skyscraper in Madrid and is 250 metres high.
  • It was designed by Norman Foster and includes two types of elevation; one glazed and open, framed by the vertical cores on the sides and another stepped one that consists of a sold slender core and glazed floors.

Client: Repsol YPF

Start date: 2004

End date: 2008

Ciudad de la justicia Valencia

Se trata de una edificación singular destinada a aglutinar las diferentes dependencias judiciales de Valencia.

Contiene los juzgados y salas de vistas correspondientes a los diversos juzgados de tipo penal, civil y social, zonas para deliberación y reposo de los juzgados, calabozos, áreas de almacén, archivo y aparcamiento, así como otros servicios vinculados: registro civil, fiscalía, colegios de abogados y procuradores, instituto de medicina legal, sala de bodas , cafeterías, etc.

El edificio cuenta con dos plantas bajo rasante, de unos 21.000 m2 cada una, y una edificación sobre rasante de unos 72.000 m2. Bajo las mismas se sitúan todas las dependencias de uso no público, aparcamientos, almacenes, archivos, cuartos de instalaciones, etc., así como los servicios técnicos y complementarios. En total comprende 114.000 m2 construidos En la planta baja del edificio principal se encuentra el acceso general y los servicios de mayor utilización: Registro Civil, salón de actos, sala de prensa, cafetería, salas de vistas y zonas de espera. En las cinco plantas altas se disponen todas las dependencias correspondientes a los juzgados y en la sobrecubierta se sitúa la maquinaria de climatización los centros de transformación y grupos electrógenos.

En sus dependencias interiores destaca el atrio por sus dimensiones con unos 200 metros de longitud, 18 de anchura y 30 de altura, potenciadas por el gran paramento acristalado del acceso principal y el lucernario de cubierta.

Por otra parte, con igual criterio que en el edificio principal, en la planta baja del llamado por su uso continuo, Edificio 24 h, se sitúan la sala de bodas, las recintos de los colegios de abogados y procuradores y los accesos principales. Las plantas altas están reservadas para las dependencias administrativas y los juzgados.