16B — February 26 - March 10, 2016 — Green Buildings — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


G reen B uildings & E nvironmental S ervices $10,000 in Honorariums to be awarded in 2016

Cleary Gottlieb Steen signs 114,598 s/f lease at Skanska office building development

11th Annual Environmental Community Service Award

the year of the firm’s founding. “Cleary Gottlieb’s lease com- mitment at 2112 Penn occur- ring so early in the building’s construction is a vote of confi- dence for the project and allows us to truly customize the space to better meet their current and future needs,” said Robert Ward , executive vice president Skanska USA Commercial Development in Washington, DC. “With a premier location on Pennsylvania Avenue, our highly sustainable, innovative and elegant new building in the Central Business District of- fers Cleary Gottlieb employees easy access to amenities and transportation options.” Brian Raher from Cush- man&Wakefield represented Skanska and Moshe Sukenik and Aaron Katz from New- mark Grubb Knight Frank represented Cleary Gottlieb. In addition to 2112 Penn- sylvania Ave., NW, Skanska’s fourth development in the greater Washington region, the firm is developing 99 MSt., SE, a 235,000 s/f office building un- der construction in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Plan- ning is underway for Tyber Place, a three-building, mixed- use development in NoMa, that will include office, multifamily apartments and retail. n For community partner or- ganizations, ADVANCE en- ables them to build and oper- ate a sustainable building, or make sustainability enhance- ments to existing buildings, by connecting them to resources that they may not have had access to before. ADVANCE is designed to meet organiza- tions and communities wher- ever they are on the path to sustainability and assist them along that path. Community partner orga- nizations embark on the path to sustainability leadership by working collaboratively with the USGBC community through the four phases of ADVANCE including: START, PLAN, FOCUS, and LEAD. “I am excited to serve as a Regional Community Liaison for Pennsylvania, focusing on launching ADVANCE within our communities,” said Dice. “I am looking forward to helping make the places we live hap- pier and healthier, ultimately making a positive and lasting contribution to the sustain- ability movement. n

WASHINGTON, DC — Skanska USA Commer- cial Development, Inc. an- nounced that Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a glob- al law firm, has signed a lease for 114,598 s/f at 2112 Penn- sylvania Ave., NW. This lease agreement comes three months after Skanska announced the speculative start of the project. 2112 Pennsylvania Ave., NW will be an 11-story, 250,000- s/f Trophy office building that includes 10,000 s/f of ground floor retail delivering in the first quarter of 2018. “We were attracted to the building’s LEED Gold status, world-class design and efficient footprint which suited our size and requirements,” said Mark Nelson, administrative partner of Cleary Gottlieb’s Washing- ton, DC office. “The new build- ing is very close to our current location, ensuring a seamless transition and convenience for both our clients and our personnel.” Cleary Gottlieb will occupy the top five floors of the build- ing with a lease start date of January 1, 2019. Cleary Gottlieb has 16 offices around the world. The firm, currently located at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, has been operat- ing in Washington since 1946, HARRISBURG, PA — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and K&W Engineers ’ Greg Dice an- nounced their collaboration to help communities and organi- zations move along a path to advance energy, resource and health performance in the places they occupy by intro- ducing their new ADVANCE Program. The initiative seeks to broaden USGBC’s mission of “green buildings for all” by making resources and exper- tise available to broader com- munity-based organizations such as nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and social service groups. As a USGBC ADVANCE Regional Community Liaison, Dice will serve as the region’s lead in connecting communi- ties, sharing local sustain- ability stories, and building up the next generation of leaders. Dice is one of 48 skilled-based volunteers nation-wide chosen to serve in this capacity to increase community access to sustainability resources.

HILADELPHIA, PA – The Environmen- tal Community Ser- vice Award, presented by Wawa , 6abc , and the envi- ronmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP (MGKF) , celebrates more than a decade of supporting environmental programs that improve the local community. The goal of the Environmental Community Service Award is to recognize two schools (6th to 12th grades) for their out- standing programs that en- hance and improve the quality of life in their communities as well as raise awareness of environmental concerns. Un- derstanding the importance of encouraging schools to launch or sustain environmental pro- grams, media partner 6abc will help increase awareness of the award with their audi- ences throughout the Dela- ware Valley. Each year two schools re- ceive a $5,000 honorarium to further their environmental programs. The application for this year’s Environmental Community Service Award is available online at www. mankogold.com/about-com- munity.html. All applica- tions must be signed by a school official and submitted by Monday, March 21, 2016. They should be sent to envi- ronmentalaward@mankogold. com. Surprise presentations will be made at the winning schools prior to Earth Day, April 22, 2016. Since the program’s incep- tion, 20 schools in the tri-state area have been recognized for their outstanding programs. Last year, George W. Nebin- ger School in Philadelphia won for their entire campaign –“Go Green—One Team One Planet”. Their outdoor learn- ing lab benefits students, families, and the community. Other supporting programs are in partnership with the Delaware Estuary, the Phila- delphia Water Department, PhiladelphiaWater Works In- terpretive Center, and Philly Magic Gardens. The Douglass School in Wilmington, Delaware, for at- risk students, was recognized for their S.a.L.T. program— Students Serving Society and Learning Too. This multi- level program includes plant- ing and harvesting vegetables in partnership with Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids. Robb Fox , partner of P

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP who founded the Envi- ronmental Community Ser- vice awardmore than a decade ago, is proud of everything that has been accomplished through this award. “Every year I look forward to learning more about the great work be- ing done in the schools and the positive impact their projects have on the community.” Richard Wood , director of sustainability and govern- ment relations, for Wawa, said “We have always felt that this award program is a unique way to recognize students for their efforts to make our planet more sustainable and share their ideas and achieve- ments with the community.” Bernie Prazenica , 6abc president and General Man- ager, is delighted to once again partner with the En- vironmental Community Service Award. “At 6abc, we take pride in the many ways we work to protect the environment and promote sustainability. The Action News team looks forward to showcasing the work of these bright, innovative students, while bringing focus to envi- ronmental concerns right here in our neighborhoods.” The individuals who judge the programs are all experts in the field of the environment and science. They are repre- sentatives from The Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Fair- mount Water Works Inter- pretive Center, Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, and Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control along with someone representing each sponsor -- Wawa, 6abc, and MGKF. IN OTHER NEWS... Brenda Hustis Gotanda , a partner with Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP (MGKF) will be a panelist for, “Green Leases for the Next Gen- eration of Sustainable Build- ings.” The program is part of the Tri-State Sustainability Symposium hosted by the Delaware Valley Green Build- ing Council and will be held at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center on Friday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. MGKF is also a sponsor of the symposium. At the firm, Gotanda leads its sustainability practice group, providing strategic

guidance to clients seeking to reduce risk and enhance value by integrating sus- tainable practices into core operations. She has over 20 years of experience represent- ing and counseling clients on environmental, health and safety regulatory compli- ance, transaction, permitting and enforcement matters. Her practice addresses a broad range of complex is- sues involving the regula- tion of water, waste, air, and chemical substances; business and real estate transactions; green building, green claims, renewable energy, and sus- tainability; site remediation and brownfield redevelop- ment; occupational safety and health; and spill prevention and emergency response. She played a key role in overseeing the sustainable design and construction of the new MGKF headquarters in 2014. MGKF’s commer- cial interior buildout proj- ect achieved the prestigious LEEDGold certification under the LEED Green Building Rating System for Interior Design and Construction: Commercial Interiors (LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors). MGKF is the first law firm in the Philadelphia region to achieve Gold level certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors for its office space. Gotanda serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a National Estu- ary Program, and previously served on the Board of Direc- tors of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. She is a LEED Accredited Profes- sional. She founded and leads the Sustainability Directors’ Roundtable, a key forum for sustainability directors and managers in our region. She is also a co-founder and Direc- tor Emeritus of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals of Greater Philadelphia . Gotanda has served as Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Com- mittee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as Chair of the Radnor Township Envi- ronmental Advisory Council, on the Greenbuild 2013 Host Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Shofuso Japa- nese House and Garden. She is a frequent speaker and author on topics of environ- mental law, green building, and sustainability. n

K&W Engineers to launch USGBC’s ADVANCE Initiative

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