Nuvali Design Revolutions Taking Place in the Workplace

August 18, 2008

New work environments with the look and feel of a dynamic university are being introduced by Ayala Land to rapidly growing industries including the business processing outsourcing segment.

Picking up from successful models abroad like Silicon Valley and the Infosys Campuses in India, the real estate firm is building two IT campuses in the next two years.

A cluster of low-rise buildings built around a central amenity like a park or a lake, this new office format “creates a conducive workplace for young employees who are more at home with the informality and less structured ambience of the university rather than the corporate appeal of the office tower,” according to Marivic Anonuevo, head of Ayala Land’s Corporate Business Group.

Prospective clients seeking to expand their IT-driven businesses beyond Metro Manila are particularly keen about its proposed 30-hectare technology campus at a new 1,600-hectare community in Canlubang.

Envisioned to be a regional growth center, the community was recently named Nuvali and will encompass business, retail and entertainment spaces built around a vast lake with an area of 40,000 sqm.

Ayala Land will kick off the Nuvali community with the construction of an IT campus. The campus’ first building, a four-story structure, offers 10,805 sqm of office space.

Along with other key amenities of Nuvali, the BPO building to be completed in 2008 will be oriented towards the spacious lake. The four-story edifice will offer the youthful workforce expected to work in the area with refreshing views of water and the other natural attractions of this emerging community.

Appropriately, this IT campus was recently named the Technopod at Nuvali.

For business owners, Ayala Land offers the advantage of being able to quickly construct more cost-efficient buildings as needed in its vast Technopod location. The company can also put up mini-campuses dedicated for a specific client if that is desired.

Prior to the Canlubang project, Ayala Land will inaugurate by the end of the year the UP North Science and Technology Park. With a long-term land lease arrangement negotiated with the University of the Philippines, the 37.5-hectare Diliman project consists of 10 low-rise buildings to be built in phases. It offers high-tech companies easy access to the different research departments of the university. It will also incorporate a retail center and eventually a businessman’s hotel.

The Canlubang development is likewise envisioned as a fully-integrated community with retail, commercial, residential, transport and even recreational components.

Ma. Carmela Ignacio, senior pision manager of ALI’s Corporate Business Division, said that BPOs generally require a high level of service from developers.

Since these firms usually operate from late at night to the wee hours, they require 24/7 technical support and tight security not only within the premises but also for their employees as they arrive and leave the place.

Moreover, employees are provided with quick access to retail and dining establishments and even sports facilities. Lodgings for employees also figure into the BPO equation because they hire a good number of agents from the provinces.

These firms are also visited often by clients and regional executives who need accommodations near their places of work. Thus, a BPO or IT campus will also usually include a businessman’s hotel.

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing

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