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August 15, 2008
The Green Sheet

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We are pleased to announce that after Labor Day, our friends at The Tower Companies will become the exclusive sponsor of the Bisnow Green Sheet. They will also serve as an adviser to us on green issues and stories. The firm has been repeatedly recognized this year (by Washingtonian, the Washington Business Journal, and the USGBC-NCR) for environmental leadership. They've cared passionately about green for decades—before green was even an expression, let alone so popular. We are proud to be associated with their mission to make the world a greener, healthier, and happier place.

JBG Submits 2 ND Projects for Certification

JBG is submitting two mixed-use project plans for LEED certification to USGBC, says Anthony Wolf Greenberg – projects that are among the first to be certified under USGBC's LEED ND (neighborhood development) pilot program.

One project is Twinbrook Station in Rockville – at full build-out, a $700 million, 2.2 million SF project that includes 595 condos, 1000 apartments, 220,000 SF of retail, and 325,000 SF of Class A office. JBG is seeking Gold LEED certification for their approved development plan. Phase 1 for Twinbrook – 279 rental units and 15,000 SF of retail -- broke ground in April. It will begin delivering in spring of 2010.

A second project plan JBG will be sending to USGBC for LEED ND is Reston Heights, a $1.8 billion (at full build out) project; it will be 4 million SF, with nine office buildings, two hotels, five residential towers, and 350,000 SF of retail. The company has designed the project to Silver certification.

JBG has several projects in its pipeline that are being designed to LEED, Greenberg says. Designing to a pilot standard, though, is a little different than designing to, say, office LEED (LEED-CS), for which there is an established learning curve, he says.
In a pilot, the standards are "difficult but possible" to achieve, and involve ongoing consultation with USGBC program administrators, he says. Neighborhood Development in particular has been complex given that the standard, which is being applied to a community – not just a single building -- resulted from the collaboration of a few different organizations.

Another green development JBG has in the works is Central Place in Rosslyn, on which demolition is beginning; at full build out it will be a 31-story, 387-foot (courtesy of special FAA approval) 531,000 SF, class A tower designed by Beyer Blinder Belle. It will also include both a 350-unit residential tower and 40,000 SF of ground floor retail and above/below grade parking. JBG is seeking LEED CS Gold certification for the office tower and LEED NC Silver for the residential and retail.

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JPI Foresees Demand for Multifamily LEED

Multifamily LEED is still a rare offering in the DC area, in large part because there is not as much demand for it by apartment dwellers as there is for green office space. That, coupled with the fact that the benefits for designing a LEED certified apartment building largely pass to the tenants (who aren’t demanding such space anyway), means that developers have shied away from such projects. JPI East, though, is forging ahead in developing LEED certified apartment buildings in the area, taking a leap of faith that tenants will eventually recognized its benefits – and that it will figure out a way to pass through some of those benefits to the developer or building owner as well. The company has been doing studies to determine exactly that question, Aaron Liebert, area vice president and managing partner, says.

JPI is breaking ground this September on the first LEED Silver multifamily development in the city for new construction. The 419-unit apartment building is located along Half Street in the Baseball District – the fourth and final apartment building in Capitol Yards, JPI's $500-million master-planned development between the US Capitol and the new Washington Nationals Ballpark. JPI will also begin developing a $120 million or so transit oriented project called Jefferson at Dulles this September, also to be LEED certified, with 400 or so units as part of the mix. Liebert thinks there will more green apartment buildings underway eventually, if only because design teams are beginning to automatically incorporate sustainable development elements into their projects wherever they can.

USGBC’s appointment earlier this year of Nate Kredich to the newly created position of vice president for Residential Market Development is another reason why multifamily LEED should begin to take off. USGBC recently opened certification for LEED for Homes to all developers; prior to this year it was only available for pilot projects.

Indeed, in recent weeks Arlington County has pushed through approval of Shooshan Co.’s plan to transform an industrial site in the Ballston Metro Corridor into a 5.3-acre community called Founders Square. Shooshan plans to develop the five-building project to achieve Silver for both office and residential. [See Bisnow Real Estate issue February 8, “Barron of Ballston” for more details]


Arlington County has also just approved Kimco Realty’s proposed Pentagon Centre, a high density, mixed-use complex in the Pentagon City area, which will be LEED certified as well. Phase 1 of the Phased Development Site Plan the company calls for two office buildings, with both retail and parking. The existing retailers on that strip -- Costco, Marshall’s, Best Buy -- will remain. The two offices will be designed to Silver LEED and the parking garage will have sustainable elements. The first office building, a 20-story, 333,599 SF structure that includes 13,095 SF of ground floor retail, will be the entrance point for the Pentagon City metro. The second 152,112 SF office building will have eight stories, including 14,600 SF of retail.


CB Richard Ellis Investors is retrofitting 30,000 SF of office space at 1501 M Street so that it can become LEED-certified for Commercial Interiors for its latest tenant, the American Wind Energy AssociationChris Bynum, national director with JLL, represented the American Wind Energy Association in the lease transaction. Randy Harrell, Kevin Howard and Joe Coleman, brokers with CBRE, represented CBREI.


Perkins+Will just completed the highest-scoring LEED Platinum building on record -- Dockside Green Residential Phase I, in Victoria, British Columbia. This is the firm’s 29th LEED certified building and its fourth LEED Platinum. In addition to designing Phase 1, Perkins+Will designed the master plan for the entire 15-acre mixed-use Dockside Green development, which is expected to become the first LEED Platinum community in the world.


Mark G. Anderson Consultants, which has offices in DC and Seattle, has been selected as owner’s representative for the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas that will be LEED certified. Other museum projects MGAC has worked on include the Smithsonian Institution, Madame Tussauds and the International Spy Museum.


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