MIAMI, FL – June 11, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Taylor & Mathis of Florida and AEW Capital Management, L.P. announced today that 355 Alhambra located in downtown Coral Gables received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Recertification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) leading-edge system for designing and constructing a sustainable, energy-efficient and high-performance building. Green building strategies offer tangible ways for companies to improve their work environment and minimize their environmental impact while strengthening the bottom line.
355 Alhambra is owned by AEW Capital Management (AEW) on behalf of one of its institutional clients and is managed by Taylor & Mathis of Florida. The property has been named Outstanding Office Building of the Year from 2005 to 2015 by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Miami-Dade, and in 2013/2015 by the BOMA Southern Region.
“355 Alhambra has very strong ownership in AEW, a firm that is committed to the community, the environment and to maintaining its properties at their optimum level of performance,” stated Taylor & Mathis Director of Operations, Marlene Diaz. “Lisa Mitchell, the property manager at 355 along with her staff, have been able to achieve with these goals and objectives and their commitment to excellence has surpassed expectations. Achieving the LEED Recertification was of no surprise to those that are familiar with the ownership, and staff of this location, as they are an amazing group of professionals and an example to the commercial real-estate sector. This will be added to their long list of recognitions and achievements.”
Environmental features that led to the 16-story, 224,000-square-foot Class A office building’s recertification included:
– Energy Conservation: Energy Star rating of 91 (highest score is 100). The building’s high energy efficiency is due to the installation of a state of the art Building Automation System that controls its HVAC system and lighting; occupancy sensors installed in restrooms and interior equipment rooms eliminate the need for lighting in unoccupied areas; energy efficient lighting is installed throughout the building; variable frequency drives installed on equipment motors reduce electricity usage; CO2 sensors installed on air conditioning equipment maximize fresh air intake while reducing the need to cool non-essential outside air.
– Water Conservation: Indoor water usage has been reduced by 30% by the installation of sink aerators and low flow restroom fixtures, and landscaping water usage has been reduced by 75% by the installation of a low volume irrigation system, rain gauge moisture sensors, and the installation of native and adaptive plans that require minimal watering.
– Waste Reduction: A comprehensive recycling system that collects office paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, light bulbs and ballasts, batteries, and durable goods such as computers and office equipment. Construction debris is also recycled. 95% of the building’s waste is being diverted from landfills.
– Green Cleaning and Pest Control: Use of safe and eco-friendly cleaning products; use of recycled paper products in restrooms, and the Integrated Pest Management Policy reduces the need for pesticides inside the building and on exterior landscaping.
About AEW Capital Management L.P.
Founded in 1981, AEW Capital Management, L.P. (AEW) provides real estate investment management services to investors worldwide. One of the world’s leading real estate investment advisors, AEW and its affiliates manage over $47 billion of property and securities in North America, Europe and Asia (as of March 31, 2015). Grounded in research and experienced in the complexities of the real estate and capital markets, AEW actively manages portfolios in both the public and private property markets and across the risk/return spectrum. AEW and its affiliates have offices in Boston, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as additional offices in eight European cities. For more information please visit www.aew.com.
About Taylor & Mathis of Florida
Taylor & Mathis of Florida, Inc. handles leasing and management responsibilities for 355 Alhambra. The Company oversees a 13 million square foot Florida portfolio concentrating on management, leasing, construction and development. Founded in 1967, the company has developed properties exceeding $1.9 billion in value and has established itself as one of the most respected regional real estate firms in the United States. Based in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise, Taylor & Mathis concentrates its business activity in primary growth markets in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.TaylorMathis.com or www.taylormathisflorida.com
About U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising 76 local chapters, more than 13,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 181,000 professionals who hold LEED credentials, USGBC is a driving force in the green building industry. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
Marlene Diaz, Taylor & Mathis
mdiaz (at) taylormathis (dot) com