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Jan. 27, 2014

Brookhollow Central II & III Awarded LEED Gold; Skanska’s Capitol Tower Earns LEED v4 Platinum Pre-Certification

By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor

Brookhollow Central II and III, two office properties on Houston’s Brookhollow Central campus, along with Buckhead Tower at Lenox Square in Atlanta, were recently awarded a certification for LEED™ Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council. All three buildings are owned and managed by Miami-based Parmenter Realty Partners.

Brookhollow Central is a three-building, 800,000-square-foot office park located on a 10-acre tract at Highway 290 and the 610 Loop. On-site amenities include postal and courier services, an auditorium, shoe shine  and car wash services, a delicatessen and a fitness center. The compound was awarded Energy Star labels in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for its operating efficiency, according to the development’s website.

“The award of LEED Gold certification at our three properties demonstrates Parmenter’s dedication to providing value to our tenants by delivering more efficient and cost-effective services and supporting our desire to be responsible global citizens,” said Steve Harrison, managing director of facilities and sustainability at Parmenter.

Sustainable features recognized by the LEED Gold certification include improved operations and tenant comfort through implementation of a comprehensive re-commissioning program for the building operations, HVAC equipment and lighting, to identify opportunities to optimize performance, and direction of the janitorial services vendor’s operation to deliver environmentally friendly cleaning services.

As a leader in sustainability in the commercial real estate industry, Parmenter Realty Partners strives to maximize building performance portfolio-wide. With the latest achievements, the company now owns and operates 12 LEED-certified properties, representing more than 4.6 million square feet.

In other news, Citybizlist reports that Skanska USA Commercial Development’s Capitol Tower has received LEED v4 Platinum pre-certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Gensler-designed office building is one of only three core and shell projects nationally to be pre-certified under the new version of LEED.

To be located at 808 Capitol St. in downtown Houston, the 750,000-square-foot Class A tower will feature innovative design features and sustainability elements, including a high-performance building façade that significantly reduces solar gain; daylight harvesting technology to save energy; a garage with occupancy lighting sensors and a green rooftop; alternative vehicle charging stations; as well as a rainwater collection system for reuse in landscape irrigation and water closets.

“Skanska made it clear from the beginning of the design process that they wanted this to be the most sustainable building in Houston,” said Gensler Principal Kristopher Stuart in a statement. “We really pushed our team to move beyond anything we have done before to create a building that offers an exceptional work environment in a high-performance envelope that will dramatically reduce operating costs. The design also places an extraordinary emphasis on public spaces and pedestrian experiences, which we believe will greatly enhance and enrich Houston’s urban fabric.”

Photo credits: Brookhollow Central courtesy of Parmenter Realty Partners via official website; Rendering of Capitol Tower via Citybizlist

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