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Parsippany, NJ

Jones Lang LaSalle Markets MetroPark’s Only LEED Silver Certified Office Building

LaSalle Investment Management’s 333 Thornall is the only existing, multi-tenanted building in MetroPark to achieve LEED Silver certification


Parsippany, N.J., March 2, 2010 —LaSalle Investment Management, an independent subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle, recently announced that it has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at 333 Thornall St. in MetroPark, N.J. The building, known as Metroview, is exclusively leased by Jones Lang LaSalle and is the only multi-tenanted building in MetroPark to achieve LEED Silver certification under the Existing Building standard. It is also the first property owned by LaSalle Investment Management in New Jersey to achieve LEED certification.
 
LEED is the nationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance, green buildings. Certification for Existing Buildings helps building owners and operators maximize operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impact, addressing whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues, including chemical, water and energy use, exterior maintenance programs and systems upgrades.
 
“The distinction of this property being the only office building in MetroPark to achieve LEED Silver certification provides it with a significant advantage in the marketplace, in that it is now able to meet the environmental efficiency requirements of today’s tenants,” stated Kevin Carton, vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle and leasing agent for the property. “The changes made at Metroview have improved air quality and reduced water and energy use, while providing a more-productive work environment for building tenants, who have been very receptive to new protocols.”
 
At Metroview, LaSalle Investment Management was able to reduce overall energy usage by sub-metering tenant spaces, shutting off non-essential lights during the nights and weekends and replacing mercury-powered lights in outside parking structures with more environmentally friendly bulbs. LaSalle Investment Management also installed low-flow water fixtures throughout the building’s bathrooms and kitchens.
 
With the help of the on-site property management performed by Kwartler Associates, Metroview now employs a green cleaning program that uses no harsh chemicals, such as ammonia or bleach. Tenants have also been taking part in a recycling program that separates paper, metals and plastic at the office building, as well as a monthly lunch and learn series that teaches them how to carry the theme of sustainability into their homes.
 
LaSalle Investment Management pursued certification at Metroview as a way to set it apart from other MetroPark buildings, none of which have achieved LEED certification. While the initial investment for refurbishing the building to achieve Silver certification was considerable, the cost savings to the tenants will be noticeable immediately, by way of reduced energy bills.
 
“Today’s leading corporations demand green space. We field questions about LEED certification and Energy Star ratings from at least four out of five tours that we give at the building,” Carton said. “Metroview is a prime building to have certified, as it is marketed toward larger, corporate tenants. We want to provide the best environment possible for our tenants and that increasingly means being mindful of the environmental factors of construction, remodeling and operations.”
 
Metroview is located less than half a mile from MetroPark Train Station in Edison, N.J., and in close proximity to the Garden State Parkway. The building has suites ranging in size from 2,500 square feet to 51,000 square feet available for lease.
 
LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world’s leading real estate investment managers, with approximately $50 billion in public and private property equity investments. An independent subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle, LaSalle Investment Management has committed to developing leading-edge trends in the real estate industry and advocating and implementing sustainable design and sound environmental practices throughout its portfolio. Jones Lang LaSalle has extensive knowledge of LEED credit requirements, coordinates project teams to achieve LEED certification, performs technical analysis to verify work of all team members and implements the LEED process from start to finish.
 
About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. By using less energy, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.