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Somerset Partner’s 1801 K Street Achieves LEED EB Gold Certification

570,000 square-foot office building in Washington’s CBD receives recognition for energy efficiency and sustainability performance

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 6, 2012 – Somerset Partners today announced that 1801 K Street, a property managed and leased by Jones Lang LaSalle, recently achieved a LEED EB Gold Certification, a designation given to buildings that excel in energy-efficiency and sustainability, and have a low environmental impact.  The building, owned by Somerset Partners and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), underwent a complete renovation and redevelopment in 2009 and has won a number of architectural awards from prestigious architecture, design and real estate organizations.

“Somerset Partners prides itself on its commitment to sustainability, green building practices and being responsive to the needs and desires of tenants,” said Gregory Knoop, Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing, Operations and Management, Somerset Partners. “We believe that we were able to further these principles by achieving a LEED Gold Certification for 1801 K Street.”

LEED EB 2009 (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System for Existing Buildings) promotes high-performance, durable, affordable and environmentally sound practices in existing buildings through a set of performance standards that certify the operations and maintenance of existing commercial, institutional or residential buildings.  It establishes basic requirements of sustainable design in the followings categories: 

Sustainable Sites:  The building garnered several points because of its urban-friendly location in the epicenter of downtown Washington, D.C.   Many employees walk, bike or use public transportation to work, greatly reducing the carbon footprint of the building.

Water Efficiency:  The building’s flow and flush water fixtures were updated, offering significant water savings and earning multiple credits.

Energy and Atmosphere:  The building secured 17 credits for its ENERGY STAR score of 98, which means this building performs in the 98th percentile for energy efficiency as compared to similar buildings in the CBD. In addition, Somerset committed to go through the recommissioning process after the base building renovation to ensure that the upgraded HVAC systems, including new chillers, were at peak performance. 

Material and Resources: Waste management practices encourage recycling throughout the building.

Indoor Air Quality:  A consideration of the indoor air quality and comfort of tenants, along with green cleaning policies and product purchases, led to the attainment of several credits.

Credits are earned when requirements in a given category are met.  To achieve a LEED EB Gold Certification, 60 to 79 of the approximately 110 available points must be earned.

“Somerset was committed to providing a LEED certified Trophy building, and while they wanted to earn “Gold” they were only able to justify a “Silver” level budget,” said Marybeth Coleman, Jones Lang LaSalle, LEED Consultant. “Using a variety of innovative and resourceful strategies we achieved the “Gold” certification and used only 50 percent of the allocated funds.”

Owned by Somerset Partners LLC, 1801 K Street is one of the largest private office buildings in Washington, D.C.  Tenants include KPMG, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards,  Lockton, Inc. and Robbins Russell.  The almost 600,000-square-foot property is located in the Central Business District just four blocks from the White House with close proximity to both the Farragut North and Farragut West metro lines.

1801 K Street features an interior that has virtually no columns and an exterior energy efficient glass curtain wall that provides stunning views of Washington, D.C.  Additionally, the building has a redesigned lobby and offers efficient floor plates and floor-to-ceiling windows.

About Somerset Partners LLC
Somerset Partners is a New York-based private investment firm with commercial and residential properties throughout the United States. As a commercial real estate owner, the firm’s mission is to offer a best-in-class office environment; unprecedented in its attention to detail and level of service for discerning tenants. For further information, please visit

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.9 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,