PGIM Real Estate, SJP Properties and Norges Bank Investment Management | 11 Times Square, New York
At 11 Times Square, PGIM Real Estate and its joint venture partners SJP Properties and Norges Bank Investment Management have deployed a number of measures to ensure security of the building, while still ensuring smooth operations between building management and tenants. The access control system, CCTV and visitor management system are all provided via BluB0x. When a new tenant moves in, PGIM Real Estate receives a list of tenant employees with their primary office floor to then issue access cards for their entry via the turnstiles at the elevator banks in the main lobby.
PGIM Real Estate’s card access system is integrated with the elevator Destination Dispatch system so when a tenant presents their access card at the turnstile, they will receive their elevator designation on the turnstile screen. If they intend to go to another floor, they simply present their access card at the kiosk in the elevator lobby and select the floor they wish to go to for a new elevator designation.
Further modifications were made to future-proof the infrastructure and enable innovation. For example, the card readers at the turnstiles were replaced with QR code readers. These allow tenants to hold their access card a further distance from the turnstile, avoiding having their access card actually touch the turnstile. In conjunction with the new readers, new tops were required for the turnstiles to accommodate the new reader configuration.
QR code readers also allow tenants to use their phones to activate the turnstile from a certain distance, without the use of their access card. The same functionality can be provided on guest passes.
To support a safe return to work post-COVID, a new module has been added called ‘Fit to Work’. Every night at midnight, tenant access cards are deactivated. Tenant employees are asked to log into BluSky (the website for BluB0x) via the web or an app every day. From there they can access ‘Fit to Work’ where they are asked one question: ‘Do you certify that, for today, you meet all conditions established by your employer and the facility in which you work?’. Once they answer affirmatively, their access card is reactivated within seconds, allowing them entry through the building turnstiles.
Further to this, employers are required to have a plan for their employees to facilitate social distancing, limiting occupancy, limiting large group gatherings, and detailing measures taken by the employer to enable contact tracing.