Manila Bulletin 4/23/2008

Ayala Land Inc. and General Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding for the use of GE’s eco-friendly products, technologies, and services in ALI’s 1,700-hectare Nuvali project in Canlubang, Laguna.

In a press briefing yesterday, ALI president Jaime Ayala said, through this corporate partnership, GE and ALI will work together to promote green buildings and houses in the real estate development project by showcasing green innovations for the community and the home.

GE president for Philippines, Singapore and Cambodia Colin Low said the partnership will promote GE’s ecomagination products which is a comprehensive package of energy-efficient, certified appliances, lighting, water process technologies, advanced building design and real-time energy management systems, among others.

“We at GE are proud to announce this strategic marketing collaboration with Ayala Land for its Nuvali project. This is a breakthrough project for GE in the Philippines and marks our first major partnership with the leading real estate developer in Southeast Asia,” said Low.

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing


A New Metro Manila

August 18, 2008

Urban living. Yes, it’s hip. Yes, it’s fast. Yes, it’s exciting. Yet, it’s also traffic-choked, polluted and cluttered. In the rapidly developing and densely populated jungle that is Metro Manila, we can’t help but be frustrated by all the troubles that the bustling metropolis is throwing at us.

Here’s an interesting proposition: Why not put up another metropolis?

It is with this in mind that Ayala Land is pushing through with the country’s most massive real estate undertaking to date. Nuvali, as they call this groundbreaking project, will change the social and economic landscape of the province of Laguna as it is set to be Ayala Land’s largest master-planned regional hub in the Philippines.

“It terms of size, it’s about eight times the size of the Makati Central Business District and is roughly an hour away from Makati. The development is well-connected but is also the gateway to Region 4—so we feel that its size and its location will really make Nuvali a metropolis that has strong regional connections,” shares Jim Ayala, president of Ayala Land.

This 1,600-hectare ecologically, socially and economically sustainable community will have urban centers, residential enclaves, business initiatives and infrastructure developments. Punctuating the aesthethics are a man-made lake and a Discovery Center.

The Nuvali residences

Nuvali will feature the simultaneous launch of three different residential developments from Ayala Land and its subsidiaries, each with its distinct lifestyle offerings designed to answer to the diverse needs of its particular market segment, allowing Nuvali’s new way of life to be more accessible to a broader market.

Abrio, the first Ayala Land Premier property within Nuvali, will usher in a new level of privacy, security, and sustainability that will set the standard for the company’s next-generation exclusive neighborhoods.

Vibrant urban living without compromise is brought in by Community Innovations’ Treveia. A distinct blueprint combines comprehensive and innovative amenities, venues for community convergence and architecturally modern homes anchored on Nuvali’s sustainable vision. Offering a healthful, family-nurturing and eco-friendly urban life within a progressive development like Nuvali defines Treveia as a sprawling, green community where future residents can balance urban conveniences with personal relationships and health.

Avida Settings provides a creatively designed eco-friendly community intended to promote close family relationships and underscores a unique master plan that incorporates the green ribbon concept (bringing nature literally to the doorsteps of its residents).

“Nuvali offers a lifestyle where it’s focused on life and nature as well as technology and productivity leading to what we hope becomes a new way of life,” Ayala discloses.

Lifestyle elevation

“Undertaking a development such as Nuvali is a very exciting and collaborative process—much of it starts with our urban planners. We look at what’s happening at a regional level and then look at what we can do to elevate the lifestyle of Filipino communities,” says Ayala. “We’ve also put in quite a number of new dimensions that really define Nuvali as the ultimate address for balanced living.”

Pedestrian-friendly paths and transit systems contribute to making Nuvali’s vision of breaking the stereotype that an urban lifestyle is chaotic. To foster eco-friendly living, passive green design and technology will also be in place such as permeable paving and bio-swales for the streets and double-piping to reuse water. Construction of high-rises and solar panels will optimize the benefits of shade and direct sun to ensure efficient energy use.

“Because of the way we’re designing our community, you’ll probably decide to walk or take your bike instead of driving. There are many features that we have planned that make it safer for pedestrians and bikers such us tree-lined sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes,” Ayala equips. “In terms of public transportation, we will be very strict with respect to the kind of engines the buses will use, for example, to reduce smoke-belching and ensure that the air is fresh and clean. All of this means that Nuvali will be the ideal place to live a balanced lifestyle.”

The idea is that by blending the potential of a progressive community with respect for the natural environment, Nuvali will translate urban ideals into a more balanced and happier lifestyle. Nuvali strikes the ideal balance between Filipino lifestyle essentials and responsible urban planning and design.

He further adds, “It’s much more natural for us to be interacting with nature than walking in a concrete jungle—but at the same time, we want a community to be progressive and productive as well. Nuvali is really about the evolution of living, so we are making deliberate moves to ensure that people can co-exist with nature in a sustainable and productive way.”

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing

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

Business Mirror 6/5/2008

Answering the global call for a greener way of life, real-estate leader Ayala Land responds with its vision of sustainable living in Nuvali.

Nuvali — an innovation in master-planned development, combining the latest in green building technology with sustainable planning, architecture and construction — aims to become the country’s first ecopolis, a place where both people and nature thrive.

This commitment can be seen in all aspects of the community — in its retail and corporate spaces, as well as its residential enclaves.

Its streets use bioswales that help filter groundwater and permeable paving that helps reduce d effects

It will also have sewer treatment plants enhanced with green wetlands for more efficient sewer management.

Nuvali’s homes will include earth-friendly features like double piping which allows water to be recycled.

Outside are tree-lined pedestrian and bike lanes.

Residents can ride in the privately managed transit system circulating within Nuvali and linking to Metro Manila and other regional hub like Alabang and Batangas that uses only environmentally friendly vehicles.

Ayala Land hopes that all this will lead to a healthier, less stressful kind of life that they call “evoliving” which is the “seamless weaving of life, nature and technology to secure a vibrant future.”

Ayala Land and its subsidiaries launched three different residential developments in Nuvali — Ayala Premier, Community Innovations and Avida.

It has also recently sealed a landmark partnership with General Electric Inc. (GE), which will allow to take advantage of GE’s advanced, energy-efficient technology to help Nuvali citizens live and work in a sustainable manner.