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Tysons Corner, VA

One Potomac Yard Earns DC Earth/Green Building TOBY Award

Local TOBY Award latest acknowledgement for the building’s dedication to sustainability

TYSONS CORNER, VA, August 31, 2009 — Jones Lang LaSalle and J.P. Morgan Asset Management jointly announced today that One Potomac Yard has been awarded the Earth/Green Building TOBY Award by the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Greater Washington, D.C., the local chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).  One Potomac Yard will now advance to the Regional TOBY Competition; winners of which advance to the International Competition.
“This is a great honor for us,” said Maureen Dowling, Jones Lang LaSalle’s General Manager of One Potomac Yard.  “Sustainability is a major component of our building platform.  We are committed to working with our staff and tenants on conserving energy, promoting green programs and reducing our overall carbon footprint.  We are very pleased to have been recognized by AOBA for our on-going efforts.”
Entrants for the Earth/Green Building TOBY Award were judged on several sustainable categories, including:  reduction of environmental risk, indoor air quality/green cleaning, recycling, energy conservation, water conservation, interior finishes, green purchasing policy and tenant communications/education.
Among the sustainable features of One Potomac Yard are the use of:
• Harvested lighting systems;
• Bio-fuel for emergency generators;
• An extensive Transportation Management Plan for building tenants;
• Recycling, which diverts 50 percent of the project’s waste;
• Eco-friendly water systems, which reduce water consumption by 39%.
“One Potomac Yard is a shining example of how buildings can provide a comfortable work environment and promote energy efficiency,” said Caroline Kruger, Regional Property Manager/Property Management for Boston Properties and the Chair of the local TOBY Award program.  “It is a wonderful building with fabulous green programs.”
In addition to this latest award, One Potomac Yard recently earned an Energy Star Label from the Environmental Protection Agency for its outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency and an AIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions) Certificate of Appreciation from the Arlington County Board for its commitment to improve the environment, reduce waste and implement sustainable business practices.
Further, in August 2008 the building earned the prestigious LEED EB certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the first building in the State of Virginia to achieve the LEED EB Gold standard. It was also previously honored as one of the largest LEED New Construction Gold certified office buildings on the East Coast.
Owned by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and managed by Jones Lang LaSalle, One Potomac Yard was among the first office buildings under construction at Potomac Yard, Arlington County’s premier urban redevelopment project, located just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan National Airport.  The 12-story, 315,231-square-foot office building was completed in March 2006.
Now in its 25th year, the TOBY Award is recognized as the most distinguished and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry, rewarding quality and excellence in office building management. All facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated during the on-site building inspections and portfolio judging. This includes such areas as tenant relations programs, community involvement, emergency evacuation and procedures manuals and continuing education for building personnel. Floor plans and photographs complete the portfolio.
The competition consists of three levels of judging. Local BOMA Associations hold the first level of competition. Winning entrants then produce a portfolio submission and advance to the Regional level, and finally, Regional winners advance to the International level. International winners are recognized at BOMA International's Annual Convention in June of each year.
About J.P. Morgan Asset Management
J.P. Morgan Asset Management is a global asset management leader providing world-class investment solutions to institutions, individuals and financial intermediaries.  The firm is responsible for approximately $1.1 trillion in assets under management (based on assets under management for the Asset Management division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. as of June 30 2009), including approximately $42.7 billion in real estate and infrastructure assets managed by J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets.  With a 39-year history of successful investing and a staff of approximately 375 professionals, J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets identifies, analyzes, negotiates, acquires, develops, redevelops, renovates, operates, maintains, finances and sells assets, on behalf of its clients.  J.P. Morgan Asset Management's broad investment capabilities and framework for analyzing opportunities in today's complex real estate and infrastructure markets provide critical insights for its institutional clients in both the public and private markets.
About AOBA
AOBA is the leading membership organization representing owners/managers of commercial office buildings and multi-family residential real estate in the Washington, DC region. AOBA members enjoy membership benefits in its national affiliates: the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and the National Apartment Association. For details, visit
About BOMA International
Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. The 18,000-plus members of BOMA International own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial properties in North America and abroad. BOMA’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at
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 2008 global revenue of $2.7 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.4 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 more than $36 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our Web site,
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