Environmental Protection

Office Park in Atlanta Receives LEED Gold Certification

Shorenstein Properties LLC obtains LEED Gold certification for its office park in Atlanta, Ga.

Shorenstein Properties LLC announced it has received LEED certification at the Gold level, Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), for Palisades Office Park, a Class A complex in Atlanta’s dynamic Central Perimeter office market.

Palisades Office Park is almost 640,000 square feet of Class A office space in four buildings within a 23-acre park like setting featuring a four-acre lake. Other amenities include a conference facility, fitness center, two-hole putting green and a café. The buildings carry an ENERGY STAR rating of 84.

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance addresses energy efficiency, whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades. The system helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

Some of the highlights of the sustainability program at Palisades Office Park include a parking deck retrofit using 32-watt spring lamps instead of 175-watt HID, and the addition of photo cells to control outer row lights during day light hours, a water heater retrofit resulting in a 50% reduction in electricity use, the conversion of lobby lights and all outside lighting to LED, the use of lake water for irrigation, and electronic monitoring of all cooling tower water usage.

This brings to 23 the number of properties that have successfully achieved LEED certification at the Silver level or higher under Shorenstein’s ownership and management. Nineteen properties currently owned by the company are LEED certified, fifteen of which are at the Gold level. The company is in the formal process of pursuing LEED certification for four additional properties.

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