Strategically Green - NAIOP Sustainable Development Award Honors Bissell for Boyle and Harris Office Buildings

Winter 2011
Sustainable Development Award Winner photos courtesy of Bissell

North Carolina-based Bissell was named the recipient of NAIOP’s annual Sustainable Development Award, presented during a special ceremony at Development ’11: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate. Bissell was honored for the Boyle and Harris office project, twin ten-story commercial structures located in Charlotte, N.C.

“This project exemplifies the dedication of our members to create innovative and sustainable projects that contribute value not only to the developments themselves, but to the community and people they serve,” said NAIOP President and CEO Thomas J. Bisacquino. “The Sustainable Development Award is one of many ways that NAIOP reiter­ates its commitment to sustainable development. NAIOP and its member companies are strong proponents of energy efficiency and are committed to continuing to couple increased efficiencies with the overall prosperity of the industry.”

The Boyle and Harris buildings were awarded LEED® Gold Certification for the project’s unique green design and construction features (see below).

Exterior of Boyle Office Building

Photo courtesy of Bissell

Founded in 1964, Bissell is widely recognized as the principal devel­oper of Charlotte’s Ballantyne and SouthPark developments – two of the Southeast’s largest and most successful mixed-use communities. The company has had a primary focus during the past 15 years on the devel­opment of the 2,000-acre Ballantyne master-planned community. Ballan­tyne features numerous residential options in addition to schools, medi­cal offices, childcare facilities, retail, restaurants, hotels, fitness facilities and more than 3.5 million square feet of commercial office space. Bissell’s Ballantyne Corporate Park features more than one million square feet of LEED Gold-certified office build­ings, representing one of the largest commitments to the development of sustainable, fully speculative office space in the Southeast.

2011 Marks Seventh Annual Award for NAIOP

NAIOP established the Sustain­able Development Award in 2005 to recognize the growing number of firms engaged in green development. NAIOP and its member companies are committed to developing model properties adhering to the highest standards in the industry and believe that socially conscious development is essential to the economic vitality of the industry.

Applicants were judged on a num­ber of criteria, including company commitment to sustainability, project history, economic analysis, water ef­ficiency, energy efficiency, accessibil­ity, innovation and other sustainable attributes. Entries for the award were reviewed by industry leaders.

Previous recipients of the award in­clude: (2010) Vulcan Real Estate and Pacific Plaza LLC; (2009) ProLogis and Forest City Covington; (2008) Aardex LLC and Hamilton Partners; (2007) Georgetown Company and Liberty Property Trust; (2006) Hines; and (2005) Corporate Office Proper­ties Trust.

Quick Facts: Boyle and Harris Buildings

Building location: Charlotte, N.C. (Ballantyne Corporate Park).

Square footage: Twin 10-story towers comprised of more than 500,000 square feet of Class A office space with associated structured parking on 11.96 acres.

Certification: LEED® Gold

Materials Use: All materials used on the project were low-VOC, including flooring, coatings and carpet systems, paints, sealants and adhesives.

More than 35 percent of the total building materials content, by value, was manufactured using recycled materials.

Energy and Water Efficiency: The 2 x 2 and 2 x 4 building envelopes, HVAC systems and lighting were designed to maximize energy performance, as each floor can be run independently.

Solar hot water heaters, located on the roofs, provide hot water in all public restrooms.

Accessibility: Each building’s parking deck features 49 preferred parking spaces for use by Low-Emitting, Fuel Efficient (LEV/FEV) vehicles only.

Innovation: Boyle and Harris feature expansive yet ef­ficient high-performance glazing, offering daylighting for more than 90 percent of the buildings’ occupants while reducing energy consumptions from HVAC use.

Site Development: The design with incorporated parking decks maximizes space around the buildings. The complex provides open space that exceeds local zoning requirements by a minimum of 25 percent, reducing storm water runoff and lessening the impact of heat island effect through habitat destruction.