RCBC Plaza
General information
StatusCompleted
TypeOffice
Location6819 Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, 1227 Makati, Philippines
Coordinates14°33′38.74″N 121°0′59.52″E / 14.5607611°N 121.0165333°E / 14.5607611; 121.0165333Coordinates: 14°33′38.74″N 121°0′59.52″E / 14.5607611°N 121.0165333°E / 14.5607611; 121.0165333
Construction started1996
Completed2001
Opening2001
CostUS$400 million
OwnerRCBC Realty Corporation
Height
RoofTower 1: 192 m (629.92 ft)
Tower 2: 170 m (557.74 ft)
Technical details
Floor countTower 1: 46 aboveground, 7 belowground
Tower 2: 41 aboveground, 7 belowground
Floor areaTower 1: 79,757 m2 (858,000 sq ft)
Tower 2: 71,368 m2 (768,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevatorsTower 1: 24
Tower 2: 19
Design and construction
Architect(s)Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLD; W.V. Coscolluela & Associates
DeveloperRCBC Realty Corporation
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates, formerly Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire; R.S. Caparros Associates & Company
Main contractorEEI Corporation in Joint Venture with Walter Construction of Australia (Formerly Concrete Constructions) and Walter Bau of Germany - ECW JV
References
[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

RCBC Plaza is an office skyscraper complex located in Makati, Philippines. It is home to the offices of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) and is composed of two buildings: the taller RCBC Plaza Yuchengco Tower and the smaller RCBC Plaza Tower 2. The taller tower stands at 192 meters (630 ft) from the ground to its architectural top,[5] and is currently the 8th-tallest complete building in Makati, and is the 16th-tallest building in the Philippines, while the shorter tower stands at 170 meters (560 ft). At the time of its completion, the complex, as a whole, was considered by its developers to be the largest and most modern office development in the country.[7]

Design and construction

The RCBC Plaza was designed by international architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, in cooperation with local architectural firm W.V. Coscolluela & Associates. The structural design was provided by international engineering company Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire in cooperation with local engineering company R.S. Caparros Associates & Company. Project management services was provided by Bovis Lend Lease, while construction management works were provided by Pacific Orient Consultants & Management, Inc. The Main Contractor was ECW Joint Venture consisting of EEI Corporation (Philippines), Concrete Constructions (Australia) and Walter Bau (Germany). The superstructure construction works were self performed by ECW JV. EEI Corporation is also a part of the Yuchengco Group of Companies.[10]

Besides these groups, other members of the design team include Ove Arup & Partners New York (Conceptual Services/Engineering/Transport & Traffic), DCCD Engineering Corp. (Electrical, Mechanical, Sanitary & Fire Protection Engineers); Davis Langdon & Seah (Quantity Surveyors); Hassell Ltd. (Landscape Consultants); ALT Cladding & Design (Cladding Consultants); Fisher Marantz Renfro Stone (Architectural and Theatre Lighting); and Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC [1]. (Acoustical Consultants).[10]

The external finishes of the buildings feature aluminum panels with fluorocarbon paint finish to towers, curtain wall of clear and solar reflective glass and stone cladding to podium.[11]

Location

RCBC Plaza stands on an island site bounded by major thoroughfares in the Makati Central Business District. To its north runs Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and to its west, Ayala Avenue.[12] Around its area are the Glorietta Mall and Ayala Center, educational institutions like the Asian Institute of Management, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Ateneo Law School, Mapua Institute of Technology Makati Campus, Centro Escolar University Makati Campus, CEU School of Law and Jurisprudence and the Far Eastern University Makati Campus - Business School . It is also a few blocks away from deluxe hotels like Makati Shangri-La, The Peninsula Manila, Mandarin Oriental Manila, The InterContinental Hotel, Dusit Hotel plus the service facilities of the Makati Medical Center and the Central Post Office.

The RCBC Plaza is the home of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), as well as the Yuchengco Institute for Advanced Studies (a partnership between RCBC and De La Salle University Professional Schools) and Yuchengco Museum.[13][14]

It also houses the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, an auditorium with a capacity of 450 seats.[15]

Features and amenities

Yuchengco Museum at the building's base.
Yuchengco Museum at the building's base.

The building complex features include perimeter located columns that offer a whole floor efficiency of 90% - 91%; floor to Ceiling height of 2.75 meters with provision for raised flooring; external Curtain Wall System facade; provision for Executive Toilet; Fiber Optic Telecommunication Backbone carrying telephone, data, security and building management signals; Fire Protection System with sprinklers, smoke detectors and pressurized stairwells; designated High Loading Zone; 100% emergency back-up power System; State-of-the-art invisible security system; central chiller-type Air-conditioning System; and digitally controlled and monitored Building Automation System.[16]

Amenities of the complex include banking chambers; convenience and specialty shops; gymnasium and health spa; food court restaurant; open-air courtyard; and a chapel. Parking services are available with its 7-Level Basement that can accommodate up to 1,670 cars.[16] De La Salle University also operates in RCBC Plaza offering professional and graduate programs including its Masters in Business Administration program.

See also

References

  1. ^ Emporis Two RCBC Plaza, Makati
  2. ^ Emporis RCBC Plaza Yuchengco Tower
  3. ^ Skyscraperpage Two RCBC Plaza, Makati
  4. ^ Skyscraperpage.com Yuchengco Tower
  5. ^ a b Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Tallest Buildings in the Philippines (as of October 2008)
  6. ^ HLURB website Masterlist of Projects - Makati City Archived 2007-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b RCBC Plaza website RCBC Plaza Archived 2009-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ R.S. Caparros Associates & Company The RCBC Plaza
  9. ^ EEI Corporation List of Completed Projects - Building Projects - Office Archived 2010-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b RCBC Plaza website RCBC Plaza Project Consultants Archived 2009-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ RCBC Plaza website RCBC Plaza Technical Specifications Archived 2009-11-07 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ RCBC Plaza website RCBC Plaza Location Archived 2009-10-31 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Philippine Business Magazine Volume 9 No. 1 - Towers of Power
  14. ^ RCBC Plaza website RCBC Plaza Overview Archived 2009-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "RCBC Plaza". www.rcbcplaza.com.ph. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  16. ^ a b RCBC Plaza website RCBC Plaza Key Features and Amenities Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine