SM Prime builds better, greener offices
E-com Centers at the Mall of Asia Complex
Many people have
become more aware of the importance of sustainability in everyday living during
the two years that the world faced the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental
awareness has caught on through practices such as shifting to paperless,
reducing plastic use and planting more trees. For property developers, taking
part in this movement means transitioning into green buildings and developments.
Such is the case
for SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), a publicly listed subsidiary of SM
Investments Corporation (SMIC) that is committed to building innovative and
sustainable lifestyle cities. SM Prime is future-proofing its developments to
be more responsive and adaptive to community needs and the effects of climate
change in line with comprehensive sustainability goals ranging from energy to
Over the years, SM
Prime has continued to elevate its approach to building and development of
community spaces. All these green initiatives have been recognized by
reputable and well-known organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) which awarded Conrad Hotel Manila and SM Aura Premier the Gold
certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2016
and 2017, respectively.
“When we build, we
build with the community in mind. This is why it is important to integrate
sustainability in our developments and operations. We remain committed as an
environmentally-conscious and responsible integrated property developer ready
to serve the ever-changing needs and aspirations of our communities and
stakeholders,” said SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim.
Building green office spaces
SM’s Commercial Property Group is renowned for balancing green design
features with operational and practical considerations, enabling more companies
and locators to enjoy environmentally sound commercial developments.
The CPG’s flagship properties are its five E-com Centers – all
future-forward buildings catering mainly to technological, business process
outsourcing, and Fortune 500 companies. All five E-com Centers are located in
the MOA Complex. Each building has a proportionate amount of green open spaces
and communal areas where workers can socialize and decompress from work.
CPG further promotes sustainable practices with its LEED gold-certified office buildings, solidifying its foothold and commitment to building green offices and commercial developments. These certifications are a testament to SM Prime’s dedication to reducing its contribution to global climate change—all while enhancing the quality of life within its communities.
The ThreeE-com Center boasts architectural wonders and green features that eventually earned its LEED Gold certification. These include water recycling for landscape and non-potable use. The building is fitted with glass windows that minimizes heat from entering the building, allowing tenants to use less air conditioning. This 15-storey, semi-circular twin-tower office building features function and aesthetic complemented with state-of-the-art facilities. While it was the first office building in the Mall of Asia Complex to receive such an honor, the new FourE-com Center also recently achieved the same certification—designed with its tenants’ needs in mind, improving work-life balance and office culture accordingly.
Both designed by
globally renowned firm, Arquitectonica, the Three and Four E-coms are unique
amongst business centers. “We designed the E-coms to functionally meet the BPO
industry’s need for large, continuous floorplates, but also sculpted them in
interesting ways so as to allow views and airflows between the buildings, while
also, of course, giving them interesting architectural identities. At the same
time, their landscaped podium decks create attractive communal green spaces for
the tenants; they are envisaged to be interconnected via landscaped skybridges
in the future. The combination of all these factors, architectural design and
green spaces, have made the E-coms highly attractive to multinational companies
and brands,” said David Zaballero, Arquitectonica Director.
SM Mega Tower
Prime’s tallest skyscraper located along EDSA will also join the company’s
growing roster of LEED-certified green buildings. Called Mega Tower, the
50-story office building is future-ready as it provides spaces that respect
both its tenants and nature itself.
located in the busy Ortigas Centre, the 50-storey LEED registered skyscraper is
flexibly designed to meet the requirements of both corporate and BPO tenants.
Though its design is highly sculptural, each floorplate remains efficiently
planned – combining functionality and iconic identity.
sustainability in property development means having the whole life cycle of a
building in mind. We invest a tenth of our capital expenditure to ensure that
sustainability is integrated into our properties as we carefully plan our
developments for our communities, the environment, and future generations ,” SM
Prime’s Mr. Lim said.
collaboration with the SM Group’s other business units, the CPG’s multi-segment
or mixed-use approach maximizes the socio-economic potential of its buildings
and developments. As a result, SM’s commercial developments are connected to
our malls, residences, and parks and civic spaces. Notably, they are all easily accessible to
transport hubs to ensure mobility for pedestrians and the commuting public.
This interconnectivity, alongside each property’s green and safety features,
reduces the company’s carbon footprint, attracts more tenants and locators, and
encourages greater productivity among its workforce.
About SM Prime
Prime Holdings Inc., one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia,
is committed to providing safe and sustainable spaces for its stakeholders. Its development strategy is anchored on the
responsible use of resources. In the communities it serves, it is able to
promote resource conservation, environmental protection, and disaster
resiliency by implementing solutions for water, waste, and energy management.
Prime is a key player in the SM Green Movement that aims to improve the quality
of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet,
green living and a green culture.
out more about SM Prime and the SM Green Movement-- visit www.smprime.com and