Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Card Reader Cometh

Some of you may have noticed that some changes have been happening downstairs on our main lobby doors. But for those of you whose faces have been buried in your newspaper or your latte while you sprint through the lobby to the elevators, let me fill you in on what's going on.

A Card Reader security system is being installed in the front door and hooked up to a single elevator, which will allow after-hours access to your floor. One swipe will get you in the building. Another swipe in the elevator will get you to the floor that your card gives you access to. After that, it's back to the good old-fashioned key to get into your suite. This system, once we implement it, will hinder people from coming in after-hours and wandering from floor to floor.

Along with this project, we've taken the liberty of upgrading a few non-compliant building features for ADA access. New braille has been installed in all of our passenger elevators. We are also retro-fitting the main lobby doors with new panic-hardware, which will allow fail-safe mechanical egress of the building's front doors in the event of an emergency.

Allowing for a few more kinks to be worked out of their implementation, we expect to have the ADA items finished and the Card Reader up and running by mid-July.

Stay tuned for an announcement about training for the Card-Reader access system called OneFacility, which we will announce before the system is put into operation.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Out with the Old, in with the New.

No it's not New Years... that only comes once every year.

It's the end of an era. The era of Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal's tenure at 685 Market Street.

As most of our tenants may have noticed, Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal moved out last month over Memorial Day Weekend. They are now located "downtown" at 525 Market Street, in another Cushman & Wakefield managed building (see, it wasn't us! really!).

As much as we regret seeing them leave, we were very happy to welcome a new tenant to our building last month: JTB USA and JTB International. According to it's website "Since its establishment in 1964, JTB USA, Inc., a US subsidiary of JTB Corp., has grown from a travel information service bureau for Japanese travelers to the US to a full-service travel management company meeting the needs of all travelers.
Today, with access to a worldwide network of affiliates, JTB USA provides global travel management services for business and leisure travelers in the US markets. Travelers appreciate JTB USA's superior service capabilities in all areas of the world

So if any of you have been itching to plan a trip to Japan, stop by suite 200 and meet your new neighbors!