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Hyatt Center Becomes Largest Building in Chicago to Achieve LEED-EB Platinum Certification

Jones Lang LaSalle oversees 18-month-long certification process for 1.5 million SF office tower

CHICAGO, November 30, 2010 — Hyatt Center has been awarded LEED-EB Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the largest building in the city—and one of the largest buildings in the world—to achieve the council’s most prestigious honor.

The 1.5 million-square-foot, 48-story building—which is managed by Jones Lang LaSalle—was certified under the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB: OM) standard. Each of the building’s 40+ tenants participated , making it one of the most intensive certification processes in terms of size and scope undertaken anywhere to date.

"This designation demonstrates Hyatt Center's commitment to a workplace that supports environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and the health and well-being of all occupants,” said Penny Pritzker, Chairman/CEO of Pritzker Realty Group, and a representative of building ownership. "As more tenant clients look for ‘green’ buildings that are well-located and well-run, we are pleased that Hyatt Center meets those standards.  It's always been an exceptional building; this designation upholds that tradition."

To gain LEED-EB Platinum certification, the Jones Lang LaSalle team, in close cooperation with the building’s ownership and under the direction of General Manager Betty Casties, completed a wide variety of initiatives, including:
  • The retro-commissioning of all building HVAC systems to ensure that they are operating per design and at peak efficiency;

  • Implementing standard temperature settings throughout the building,

  • Reducing weekend hours for HVAC service to “on request:”

  • Reducing overall building static set-point from 1” to 0.8;”

  • Balancing outside air intake with the relief fans and fan-powered boxes;

  • Reducing hours of operation of lobby fans from 24/7 to run “as necessary.”

Two lighting retrofit projects provided additional opportunities for energy reduction and helped raise the building’s ENERGY STAR rating to 86.

LEED-EB Platinum certification would not have been possible without the significant contributions made by the tenants of the building and the many building contractors who contributed to the effort. Hyatt Center is now the largest, by far, of three LEED-EB Platinum buildings in Chicago.

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 2009 global revenue of $2.5 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 1.6 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 approximately $40 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,