Ushering in the Workspace of the Future: Robinsons Land Tops Off GBF Center 1

The state-of-the-art structure caters to evolving workplace dynamics in the post-pandemic era
by Robinsons Land | Sep 27, 2022
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Robinsons Land Corporation, a leading property developer in the Philippines, recently topped off its newest Grade A, green office building, GBF Center 1. The modern, high-quality, and sustainable development is designed to cater to evolving workplace dynamics in the post-pandemic era.

Celebrating RLC’s GBF Center 1 ceremonial topping off are (from left) Engr. Arthur Carlos, president, Constech; Engr. Emmanuel Arce, RLC Vice President for Construction; Arch. Albert Yu, principal, ASYA; Jericho Go, RLC Senior Vice President and General Manager; Arch. Andrew Yu, director, ASYA; Christina Cobankiat, vice president, Sincere Construction; Engr. Manny Mendoza, chairman, Monocrete Construction; and Engr. Rodanil de Silva, RLC Head of Projects. Image RLC

With the nationwide easing of quarantine restrictions, reopening of borders, and strong recovery of the domestic economy, the office sector of the Philippine real estate industry is expected to take an optimistic turn this year. This positive outlook is anchored on the accelerating transition to on-site work and the continuous expansion of companies, particularly of business process outsourcing firms.

This backdrop provides an opportune time for Robinsons Land Corporation to usher in the workspace of the future with its most prime office development to date. 

Accessibility and Productivity

The 30-story GBF Center 1 is the premier office development in RLC’s Bridgetowne Destination Estate.

Espousing the “Live-Work-Play-Inspire” lifestyle, Bridgetowne provides Filipinos with best-in-class residential condominiums, a luxury lifestyle center, a premium hotel, and world-class office buildings.

The 30.6-hectare destination estate will also include a four-lane 200-meter bridge that will connect Quezon City and Pasig City, highlighted by a 60-meter tall sculpture rising beside it dubbed "The Victor."

Bridgetowne has unrivaled accessibility, being in the vicinity of three major thoroughfares – C5 Road, Ortigas Avenue, and Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Avenue – and is just a few minutes away from a sister development, Robinsons Galleria Corporate Center, on EDSA. This builds a strong case for GBF Center 1 as the ideal address for local and international companies alike.

First-Class Architecture

GBF Center 1 is located at the entrance of Bridgetowne and serves as the gateway to the premier mixed-use destination estate.

The façade of the modern and sustainable office building offers a fresh visual dynamic for the C5 skyline, with its striking geometric form clad in reflective glass. These full glass curtain walls provide breathtaking panoramic views of the Sierra Madre mountain range when facing east and the Ortigas skyline when facing west. Reminiscent of a cut in a gem, one corner of the building gradually slopes and widens as it nears the lower levels, where an LED billboard will be seamlessly incorporated.

In contrast to the classic skyscraper form that tapers inward as it rises, GBF Center 1 inverts this silhouette, gradually widening as it approaches the top. As the views become more spectacular, the floor plates on the higher levels also become larger, adding to their prestige.

Upon completion, GBF Center 1 will be the grandest structure along the C5-Libis IT corridor, setting the standard for design in RLC’s Bridgetowne Destination Estate.

Reliable Partner in Business Growth

Keeping in mind the evolving trends and changing needs of office locators, PEZA-registered GBF Center 1 is designed to suit new workplace dynamics in the post-pandemic era and to support aggressive business expansion plans.

GBF Center 1 offers flexible and expansive office spaces with large floor plates of about 2,500 square meters. It will be sufficiently equipped to support uninterrupted business operations with 100% generator back-up power (n+1 configuration), and to maintain low elevator waiting times with a high elevator-to-leased-area ratio, which helps in improving tenant employee productivity. 

The structure proves that an elegant exterior can be complemented with a technologically advanced interior to promote improved ways of working. GBF Center 1 is calibrated to adapt to the demands of the modern workforce, which will reinforce RLC’s commitment to increasingly go contactless. Some of the modern features within the building include hands-free toilet fixtures and QR-activated turnstiles and elevators.

In addition, RLC puts a premium on its tenants’ security and well-being. It will use a visitor management system, implement standard security checks, install turnstiles and destination-controlled elevators, and deploy round-the-clock CCTV monitoring to guarantee safety inside the building premises. RLC will also install generous provisions for treated outdoor air to deliver an ideal airflow rate exceeding prescribed DOLE standards.

Sustainable and Efficient

Aligned with RLC’s sustainability goals, GBF Center 1 has been designed to minimize its environmental impact to shape an eco-friendly workplace. The office development is equipped with a rainwater collection facility and LED lights. Moreover, it supports sustainable lifestyles through the installation of bicycle racks and charging stations for electric vehicles, among others.

GBF Center is vying for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification.

A Reputable and Trusted Developer

Exuding luxury and excellence, GBF Center 1 stands as a masterpiece in RLC’s high-quality office buildings portfolio.

“The GBF towers are envisioned to be a landmark structure along the C5 IT corridor. The building design, technology, and green building features are meant to stand out. The development is situated at the gateway of Bridgetowne, the country’s premier destination estate, and is intended to set the tone for the entire complex. Bridgetowne has been carefully master planned to offer the best in class for your live, work, play and inspire experience. In our well designed workspaces, we can truly say that work can be fun,” said RLC Senior Vice President and General Manager for Offices, Jericho Go.

RLC is committed to providing exceptional quality and service to its tenants and its employees. It only subscribes to tried, tested, and proven technologies for reliable innovation that drives business growth in an environment designed to encourage everyone to reach greater heights.

Apart from GBF Centers 1 and 2, RLC will continue to add more office buildings to its portfolio to accommodate the needs of tenants in the next five to 10 years, as part of the company’s commitment to contribute to job creation and nation-building.

To learn more about Robinsons Land's GBF Center 1, visit robinsonsoffices.com

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