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Firm underscores position as sustainability stakeholder in Philadelphia
Jones Lang LaSalle, the leading financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate, announced that it has set a new industry standard by achieving Philadelphia’s first-ever LEED Platinum Certification for Commercial Interiors (CI). This marks JLL’s first Platinum Certified LEED CI office in the Americas.
LEED for CI is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green tenant spaces that are healthy and productive places to work, less-costly to operate and have a reduced environmental footprint. Established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the industry’s authority on sustainable building design and construction, and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), Platinum Certification represents the most prestigious LEED level.
With fewer than 230 Platinum Certified LEED CI projects globally, and just 165 in the U.S., JLL’s recent award demonstrates the firm’s commitment to best-in-class sustainability practices.
“Jones Lang LaSalle has long been a leader in delivering the most innovative green services for our clients and advising on ways to maximize their investments in sustainability, and our office’s LEED Certification is clear testament to the fact that we practice what we preach,” said Michael McCurdy, Market Director of JLL Philadelphia. “We’re delighted and proud to be the leading firm in City Center to achieve Platinum Certification for LEED CI in our own office, and look forward to partnering with clients to ensure they realize the environmental impact, energy and cost reductions of a robust sustainability program.”
The CI Platinum certification resulted from the cross-platform, collaborative efforts of JLL’s Project and Development Services team, Commissioning Services, and Global Facilities teams, and through partnerships with local experts from Re:Vision Architecture, InPosse Engineering, LAM Partners, Lutron, Knoll, Herman Miller and Interface.
The office’s green renovation project began when JLL relocated offices to the 10,500-square-foot space on the 25th floor of 1650 Arch Street last year. Built in 1974, the property recent underwent sustainability-focused upgrades to the lobby and mechanical systems; today, the new office is a state-of-the art regional hub for JLL that sets a new local standard for a collaborative workplace and sustainable design. The project team took a “less is more” approach, designing with a smaller footprint to accommodate 40 full-time employees. The flexible space design is positioned to accommodate for future growth, and is organized around dynamic workplace neighborhoods that include a mix of structured and informal meeting spaces to facilitate collaboration in a variety of forms. The efficient layout utilized an adaptive daylighting control system to optimize energy consumption, which is 55 percent less than the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey’s (CBECS) average for existing office space. Another focus for the project was to improve indoor air quality, which was achieved through carefully selected building materials during the renovation.
“We wanted to create a space that is efficient, sustainable and also reflects the company values of collaboration, and how we view the workplace of the future. At the same time, we were hoping to create a space that is inviting for our local employees as well as employees and guests who reside elsewhere. Finally, we wanted capture the feeling of being unique to Philadelphia while maintaining our corporate culture and brand in a fun environment,” said McCurdy.The trend towards green buildings in corporate real estate shows no signs of slowing. Corporate space occupiers will be looking at commercial interiors as a means to build healthier and more productive workplaces for employees that are less costly to operate and have a reduced negative impact on the environment.
About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.7 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.
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