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Feb. 4, 2013

901 New York Avenue Awarded LEED Gold Certification

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

The 901 New York Avenue office building, a skyscraper located at 901 New York Ave., N.W., in Washington, D.C., has earned LEED-EB Gold certification. The property is co-owned by Boston Properties and an institutional client advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Boston Properties developed the 11-story Class A office building in an effort to help revitalize the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. It was completed in 2005, at a cost of $54 million. The 530,000-square-foot office building features four levels of below-grade parking, as well as 25,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. It was designed by Davis Carter Scott of McLean, Va. N.W. Clark Construction Group L.L.C. served as general contractor.

The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED-EB Gold certification to buildings with a maximized operational efficiency and minimal environmental impacts. In order to achieve Gold certification, 901 New York Avenue implemented many sustainability actions, such as recycling more than 50 percent of the daily ongoing waste stream; achieving an ENERGY STAR label; introducing water-efficient plumbing fixtures; diverting 100 percent of the electronic equipment solid waste from the landfill as part of a comprehensive recycling program; reducing CO2 emissions; and more. Leonardo Academy, a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability, was the LEED consultant supporting the successful achievement of the Gold certification.

Jeff Garner, director of engineering for Boston Properties’ Washington, D.C., region, said, “We are very proud to achieve LEED-EB O&M Gold certification for 901 New York Avenue. This initial certification was an especially rewarding process for the entire 901 New York Avenue property management team that ultimately made this effort a reality. Although we enjoyed a good start from our favorable sustainable site base and existing efficiency/conservation programs, actually obtaining certification required a tremendous amount of research, investigation, implementation, improvements and documentation, not to mention the commitment and support from our tenants. We are extremely pleased of what was accomplished and look forward to the continued privilege of operating the building as a LEED Gold facility.”

Photo credit: Boston Properties

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