ProLogis and Forest City Covington Named 2009 Sustainable Development Award Winners
By: Sarah A. Milans, marketing manager, NAIOP
Award Winners 2009
ProLogis and Forest City Covington have been recognized as Sustainable Development Award winners, an annual honor given by NAIOP. Both companies were honored during NAIOP’s October meeting, Development ’09: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate, in Chicago.
For the first time, awards were given for both industrial and office projects. ProLogis received recognition for its industrial project, the S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., building in Sturtevant, Wis.; and Forest City Covington for its office building that houses Fidelity Investments at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque, N.M.
Award winners are selected on several rigorous criteria, including company commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency, innovation, economic viability and other sustainable attributes.
Previous recipients of the award include: Corporate Office Properties Trust for 318 Sentinel, Annapolis Junction, Md. (2005); Hines for 1180 Peachtree, Atlanta, Ga. (2006); the Georgetown Company, New York, N.Y. for the speculative Lazarus Building, and Liberty Property Trust, Milwaukee, Wis., for the build-to-suit JohnsonDiversey (2007); Aardex LLC, Golden, Colo., for its speculative project, The Signature Center, and Hamilton Partners, Mettawa, Ill., for its build-to-suit project, HSBC-North America Headquarters (2008).
Developed in consultation with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Sustainable Development Award was created in 2005 to recognize the growing number of firms engaging in green development. NAIOP and its member companies are committed to developing leading-edge properties adhering to the highest standards in the industry and believe that socially conscious development is essential to the economic vitality of the commercial real estate industry and the nation.
S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.: Modern, Sustainable Distribution Center Reduces Operational Expenses and Improves Customer Service
The S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., building is a state-of-the-art, 432,000-square-foot distribution center that is located less than one mile from S. C. Johnson’s manufacturing facility in Sturtevant, Wis. The facility is registered with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), certified LEED Gold and boasts 282,750 square feet of open space, which is 406 percent more than the minimum code requirements.
The S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., building is exemplary in its depth of sustainable design. The building achieved excellent water efficiency, open space, recycled content and recycled materials performance. Additional sustainable features include:
Use of high-quality materials to reduce replacement and maintenance costs, including a durable roof.
Diversion and recycling of more than 85 percent of construction debris from landfills. In addition, 42 percent of content utilized for the completed building was recycled and more than 46 percent of construction materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
Installation of a geothermal HVAC system in the building’s office area to save on energy costs and improve internal air quality at the facility.
Inclusion of 60 clerestory windows, 42 vision panels in the dock doors and 22-foot glass storefronts in the building’s design allowing employees to use natural light as a source of interior illumination.
Bicycle racks, shower facilities, carpool and high-efficiency vehicle parking spaces to encourage alternative transportation options.
Fidelity Investments at Mesa del Sol: Targeted to be First LEED Gold Certified at Master Planned Community
Mesa del Sol is a mixed-use, master-planned community project in Albuquerque, N.M. The project is being developed over the next 35 to 50 years on once state-owned land by a public-private partnership led by Forest City Covington, which is a joint venture between units of Covington Capital and Forest City Enterprises. Mesa del Sol combines job creation and sustainable urban community planning, providing a strategic balance of environmental resources, economic objectives and social amenities.
The Fidelity Investments building is a two-story, 217,892-square-foot structure standing on 24.8 acres of land. At full build-out, the Fidelity Investment structure creates more than 1,250 new jobs and gives employees the option to purchase homes at Mesa del Sol so they can walk or bike to work, effectively improving the lifestyle for these employees and reducing environment hazards at the same time. The building promotes efficiency through the following channels:
Selecting construction materials, including concrete and steel, based on their post-industrial and post-consumer recycled content. Additionally, 94 percent of all shell construction waste material was recycled.
Using recessed windows that provide shade from direct sun and feature insulated window glazing to block heat in the summer and cold in the winter.
Installing high-efficiency fixtures throughout the entire building, resulting in a 30 percent savings in water.
Using a chilled water system with cooling towers for air conditioning.
A visitor parking lot created from pervious concrete, allowing rainwater to seep into the ground, thereby recharging ground water and reducing stormwater runoff.
"These projects symbolize the innovation, creativity and sustainable approach that our members are utilizing to develop model properties, said NAIOP president Thomas J. Bisacquino. The Sustainable Development Award is one of many ways that NAIOP exemplifies its commitment to sustainable development. NAIOP and its member companies are strong proponents of energy efficiency and are dedicated to continuing to couple increased efficiencies with the overall prosperity of the industry."