by Leziel G. Bandiola and Bubot V. Sueta, JUNE 2021
As we celebrate our 4th Anniversary, one of the most remarkable wins that we had this year is transferring to our new home, the MPT South Hub. This month marks also our 4th month since we transferred. Let us tour you on the design and specification of our new home and how it helps and contributes to our environment.
MPT South Hub
MPT South Hub houses the Management and Operations of Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South). A LEED Registered building aiming for GOLD certification, the Hub is a four-story office with a total floor area of 5,237 square meters (56,372 square feet) and located at Alapan II-B, Imus City Cavite.
MPT South Hub’s design aesthetics is modern-industrial. It takes on a bridge structure-like design. Its symbolic meaning is it bridges the elements of infrastructure, engineering, and environment in the company’s business. In the way bridges connect lands, the same way MPT South Hub connects to its employees, customers, communities, and stakeholders.
The HUB has a full view of its surroundings, it allows natural daylight and air, connecting the occupants to the environment its nature, space, and place conditions. The HUB is Biophilic in design, it articulates the relationships between nature, human biology, and the design of the built environment, it underscores the aspect of humankind’s innate biological connection with nature.
Some of MPTS Hub sustainable features include:
- HUB positioning is strategically oriented, the glass walls do not have direct exposure to the East-West sun, reducing heat gain, hence enhancing the air-cooling systems.
- The building is enclosed with passive energy-saving Low-E (low emissivity) glass facade walls which minimizes infrared and ultraviolet rays but allows for full daylight illumination.
- The HUB is designed to consume at least 40% less indoor water with the use of modern water-efficient fixtures, and 50% less outdoor water for non-potable through rain-water harvesting.
- Equipped with active energy-saving equipment, the building is designed to consume at least 38% less energy.
- Solar panels are installed on all car parking sheds to reduce the buildings carbon dioxide emission while at the same time-saving extra on energy consumption.
- Modern but an energy-efficient air-conditioning system that has both supply and exhaust of natural air provides both cooling comfort and healthy fresh air environment to occupants.
- Air conditioning system refrigerants contain no ozone-depleting substances.
- LED lighting fixtures are used and are time-controlled to reduce light pollution.
- The entire building will be controlled by a Building Management System (BMS).
The Hive is LEED Registered and aiming for CERTIFIED Level. It is a 1,665 sq.m. recreational facility featuring a basketball court, lockers, band room, small classrooms, and gym.
Solar panels are installed on the roof of the Hive.
It has well ventilated covered court and airconditioned classroom and gym.
Tollways Development and Engineering Head Art H. Monge best summarizes the purpose of pursing the LEED Certification. He said, “LEED transforms our practices to sustainable and health ways. It ensures wellness of people, care of environment and economically sound business decisions.”
MPT South has proven yet again its commitment to the environment and sustainability. May each of us be also an individual advocate of the environment and sustainability.
Visit of MPTC Executives at the MPT South Hub and Hive last June 23, 2021
Photo by Fred Santos, CSM
About the writers:
Leziel G. Bandiola. On the job with ISO 9001 Quality Management System for more than five years and counting. Since I transferred here in MPTS I have been exposed to Environment, Safety and Health. I have been with the newsletter team for more than a year now, a lot of lesson was learned and more exciting facts to unveiled as I work with this growing team.<3
Bubot V. Sueta. Environment Safety and Health Specialist, father of three beautiful children, a loving and faithful husband…. Graduated in Centro Escolar University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication Major in Broadcast. A Safety Officer for 10 years. Safety at work and home are his priorities. Ensures that the Project Site are free from hazards, all workers at site are knowledgeable on their activity and have a core value of safety awareness. The goal is to deliver the project on time with Quality and most importantly with ZERO Loss Time Incident.