Hallmark Development’s first office building at Offices at Park Place in Clearwater, Fla., has been awarded LEED-Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings. The Offices at Park Place structure is the first new office building in Tampa Bay to achieve this prestigious recognition.
“It is an honor to be officially recognized as one of Pinellas County’s healthiest buildings. This was a milestone in commercial green building for Clearwater, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to green building in 2009, ” said Paul Engelhardt, Vice-President of Hallmark Development. “We feel strongly about the benefits of green buildings. We just registered our second office building in the park with the USGBC LEED program. It is already 40% pre-leased and we are getting ready to start construction.”
The project was completed in partnership with builders The Murray Company and architects Collman & Karsky. The LEED rating system evaluates the building’s energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as its incorporation of a variety of other sustainable strategies. The LEED process also verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. The program was established to encourage market leaders to design and construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health, ” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as the Offices at Park Place is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”
The Offices at Park Place (http://hallmarkdevelopment.net/parkplace-features.htm) building includes a number of green design and construction features that positively affect building occupants and the broader community. These features include: room lighting that turns off when not in use, cool roof, building positioning to maximize natural light, tinted windows to maximize natural light while blocking heat, low-flow fixtures and water conservation shower heads. Other features include recycled and low-toxicity materials, preferred parking for high-efficiency vehicles and showers for staff members who bicycle to work. The building is home to the global headquarters of TUI Marine.