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Apr. 17, 2013

KBS REIT II and Hines Announce LEED Platinum Certification of 300 North LaSalle Office Tower

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

KBS REIT II and Hines recently announced that 300 North LaSalle in Chicago has been awarded Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings category. The tower had previously received a Gold certification under the LEED for Core & Shell Rating System. Developed by Hines, 300 North LaSalle was completed in 2009 and purchased by KBS REIT II in 2010. The company continues to manage the tower.

Located on the north bank of the Chicago River between the River North District and the Central Business District, the 57-story tower offers 200 feet of frontage along the river, including a large waterfront café and an outdoor plaza with seating. Standing tall at 775 feet, the 1.3 million-square-foot building is amongst the tallest buildings in Chicago.

The 57-story energy efficient office tower was designed by Pickard Chilton and features a façade clad in articulated glass and stainless steel that maximizes the introduction of daylight but also minimizes solar gain.

In order to achieve the goal of Platinum certification, green features including river-water intakes for denser water; a recycling program for paper, glass, aluminum and plastic; a green roof to reduce heat island effect; low-flow water fixtures across the building; and light switches with motion detectors had to be implemented at the property. Hines also offers its Green Office for Tenants program, which assists in giving tenants options to reduce their carbon footprint.

The office building is currently 99 percent leased, and major tenants include The Boston Consulting Group, GTCR, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Quarles & Brady LLP.

“300 North LaSalle achieving LEED Platinum demonstrates our commitment to the environment, as well as our sustainability efforts to our tenants and community. This tower adds stature and prominence to Chicago’s great skyline while respecting our mission in sustainable design,” said Hines Vice President of Property Management Lance Knez.

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