EBM Tower

This building is the main office for the US. division of the powerful and renowned Hamburg-based Euro Business Machines corporation. EBM manufactures all manner of computer systems and high-tech hardware, and is the largest of the big high-tech corporations. The architecture is striking, with the cross section of the building resembling a jagged sided square with truncated corners. The exterior is equally interesting, with a lattice work of black, tubular girders crossing over the recessed, mirrored windows. At either side of all four flattened corners, glass walled exterior elevators travel in the first groove formed by the angular walls. There are also interior elevators and stairways. The white EBM logo is prominently displayed on the top stories of all four of the walls formed by the flattened corners. There is a combination heliport/AV-4 pad on the roof. There is a subterranean parking lot and loading area and ten underground manufacturing levels below that. (The underground levels are in addition to the 112 above ground stories.)

EBM prides itself on its public relations and paternal image, and consequently, there are many public service areas in the building. There is a grand reception area on the ground floor, in the center of a mall-like indoor pavilion. From there, with proper authorization, one may use the interior elevators, which go to the corporate floors and subterranean levels. The exterior glass elevators service only the first eight pavilion floors, the 9th through 15th floor (which are subcontracted out as office space to other businesses), and the rooftop restaurant and observation deck on the 112th floor. They will stop at the intervening EBM floors only if one has the appropriate card key. The pavilion itself is composed of wide walkways circling the insides of the first eight floors. The fourth side of this enormous, open space is dominated by a huge marble-walled cylinder, encasing the interior elevators, stairwells, building service ducts, and the structural core. There are thirty-six businesses in the pavilion, including restaurants, cafes, bookstores, boutiques, clothing stores, gift stores, and EBM showrooms and display areas. The rooftop restaurant is exclusive and expensive, but the Observation deck is not. There are also employee cafeterias, recreation centers, and surgical and medical facilities not open to the public.

The EBM building is the most accessible of all the high-tech corp offices. The greater part of the parking area is open to the public, although the executive lots and loading docks are off limits to unauthorized vehicles, and the entire area is patrolled. The first fifteen floors of the building, including the open pavilion and subcontracted floors are publicly accessible, as are the rooftop restaurant and observation deck. Access to the roof itself, the EBM floors, and the subterranean floors are restricted to employees and authorized personnel. There are guided tours of the non-proprietary areas of the manufacturing section. All persons entering the building at any point are subject to discreet metal detector and explosive sniffer tests. All areas are patrolled 24 hours a day.

EBM Tower

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