RAD Tower, Har Hotzvim

RAD Group Har Hotzvim Tower
RAD Tower Render Courtesy: Solel Boneh

Har Hotzvim was established in the early 1970s to be the leading high-tech industrial park in Jerusalem. Since its founding, it has grown to become one of the largest technological centers in Israel, accommodating offices of billion-dollar Israeli brands like Teva and Mobileye. Over 10,000 people are employed on the campus and its capacity continues to expand.

More Offices, More Tech

Solel Boneh – Israel’s oldest and largest construction company – recently won a tender to construct one of the most ambitious projects in the technological park. Located at 14 E.S. Artom Street, the RAD Tower (named for the RAD Group) will stand a total of 27 storeys and provide an additional 52,000 square meters of professional space to the area.

The building will not be all that it seems, however. Only 17 floors will be used for office space. The remaining ten floors will be underground. Six underground levels will serve as commuter parking and four will host a server farm. The four-storey data center will be the largest in the Middle East and will ensure security for Israel’s cloud-based future.

The 200 million shekel project will be marketed by Index Real Estate and has an optimistic completion date of 2020.

Transportation Improvements

Small road improvements will be made gradually, according to Deputy Mayor Tamir Nir, but with greater capacity will come more automobile traffic. The Jerusalem Municipality is also preparing some major upgrades to the infrastructure in the area including:

  1. Connecting Shlomo Momo Street to Kiryat HaMada Street.
  2. Improving traffic conditions at the entrance to Hartom Street.
  3. Digging an additional entry tunnel between Kiryat HaMada Street and E.S. Artom Street.

Har Hotzvim Road Map

The Future

Contrary to the planned road improvements, the municipality does not see a future where most commuters will rely on their cars. The blue line of the Jerusalem light rail will eventually be an option for travelers. A 2.2 kilometer underground tunnel running from downtown Jerusalem to the entrance of Har Hotzvim will bypass rush hour traffic, offering a fast and efficient automobile alternative (see the interactive light rail map for more details).

Render of the entrance to the tunnel on Strauss and Yafo Street.
Render of the entrance to the tunnel on Strauss and Yafo Street.

 

RAD Tower, Har Hotzvim

One thought on “RAD Tower, Har Hotzvim

  1. Shimon Elstein Elstein says:

    Another example of irresponsibleplanning by the Jerusalem municipality.
    More and more buildings are going up in Har Hotzvim without any improvements to the roads & parking infrastructure.

    The planned improvements to the roads will only provide minor improvements to the current overload. Drastic increases in office space will greatly increase the number of cars clogging the roads.

    The roads are too narrow, being easily blocked by a stopped taxi or delivery truck.

    The biggest problem is that most of the drivers coming to Har Hotzvim need to make left turns into the park from Golda Meir. Many of them come from Begin and need to cross 3 lanes in order to make the left turns. Until new entrances are added to the park things will only get worse. In just the past few years, the traffic jams into the park have increased by 15 to 20 minutes. Every building that goes up only makes it worse. All the residents of Ramot trying to travel into town also suffer from this. For some reason there is only one road from Ramot into town. This is another planning fiasco by the Jerusalem municipality that needs to be corrected.

    Of course, the Jerusalem municipality gains significant income from every square meter of office space added. THat is the main thing isn’t it? If thousands of residents of Ramot and employees in Har Hotzvim need to waste time every day in traffic it is worth it, isn’t it? It would be too much to expect the Jerusalem municipality to invest some real money to achieve real solutions to the problems.

    And just think what it will be like soon when they start tearing up Golda Meir Blvd to build the Blue Line of the Light Rail.

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