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Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — Green Buildings — September 27 - October 10, 2013 — 11B


ashington, DC, — Urban Invest- ment Partners W 114-unit, eight-story apartment building at 1841 Columbia Road, NW UIP completes green roof, roof deck, and energy-saving renovation totalling $7.5 million DC rent control law.” About 38 original residents have remained in their apartments during the renovation. Historic Preservation Review Board.

dedication to the design of high quality, sustainable spaces for GPI and for our clients.” Redland Corporate Center is 100% leased and comprised of two Class A multi-story office buildings totaling 348,469 s/f. The property achieved LEED Gold certification when it was originally built in 2009, utiliz- ing sustainable and renewable resources, minimizing environ- mental waste and pollution, op- timizing indoor air quality, and seeking to reduce or eliminate contact with toxic or hazardous conditions. Other specific green elements integrated throughout Redland Corporate Center include easy access to mass transit, bicycle storage and changing facilities, natural light to 90 percent of interiors, recycled/certified/low- emission building materials, water/energy-efficient fixtures and systems, and low-impact, green housekeeping. n The building’s lobby space has been completely trans- formed. The original “tunnel” entry hall facing Columbia Road, with its worn-out tile and crumbling burgundy curtains, has been added to the property’s 20,000 s/f of ground-level and lower-level retail space. StreetSense of Bethesda, MD is representing the own- ership in leasing the one remaining available retail space. The new main entrance lobby on Mintwood Place features bright, modern dé- cor with a blue, yellow, and white palette, a flat-screen TV, lounge area, concierge desk, leasing office, and new mailboxes. For outgoing mail, however, residents can still use the original cast-iron “let- ter box.” n

Rockville, MD — First PotomacRealtyTrust , a own- er of office and business park properties in the greater Wash- ington, D.C. area, announced that its tenant, Greenman- Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) , was awarded the prestigious LEED CI Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for improvements to its space at Redland Corporate Center in Rockville. GPI, an engineering and con- struction services firm, occupies 7,897 s/f at the property, which is located at 530 Gaither Road. The tenant upgraded its own space on the first floor, focusing on water-use reduction, specifi- cally in the restrooms. The im- provements, coupled with the Gold certified building provided by First Potomac, pushed GPI’s score to a total of 81 points, making GPI’s space eligible for Platinum certification. The certification is only the (UIP) is nearing completion of a $7.5 million renovation of the 114-unit, eight-story apartment building at 1841 Columbia Road, NW, in the heart of the city’s storied Ad- ams Morgan neighborhood. 1841 Columbia enjoys an unsurpassed location on the same block as the highly popu- lar restaurants CaféNapoleon, Mintwood Place, Cashion’s Eat Place, and Perry’s, as well as Yes! Organic Market. UIP acquired the property last year in partnership with IRE of NewYork and Lubert-Adler of Philadelphia. “This has been one of our most exciting projects because of the large scope of work, the building’s prominent location, and the green technology that we have installed,” said UIP principal Steve Schwat.

“We commend Greenman- Pedersen for taking the initia- tive to make its office space LEED Platinum,” said Doug- las Donatelli , chairman and CEO of First Potomac Realty Trust. “In today’s marketplace being green is no longer an op- tion, it is an expectation, and we always appreciate when tenants continue to raise the bar and look for new ways to maximize the sustainable po- tential at our properties.” “Our LEED Platinum cer- tification demonstrates our commitment to the environ- ment and sustainability to our clients and community. We understand the importance of a sustainable engineering design approach to HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems,” said GPI senior vice president Lew Brode. “I congratulate our entire design and construction team for achieving this level of certification. It exemplifies our Originally built in 1930, the building formerly known as “The Alcazar” included antiquated features like min- iature “servants’ entrances,” old-fashioned radiators, and window air conditioners. UIP’s renovation includes an energy-efficient water- sourced heat pump system with separate controls in each apartment, a green roof, residents’ roof deck with pan- oramic views of the city, in- home laundry equipment, upgraded electric service, and all-new kitchens and baths. Original wood floors have been restored, and the servants’ entrances have been closed in to provide additional kitchen space. All windows have been replaced with new ones approved by the city’s

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conditions better for everyone. Long-term residents can now enjoy these improvements without rent increases beyond the standard annual CPI- based amount specified by

“Many of the residents with whom we worked to approve the renovation have been very patient and are now just seeing the finished improve- ments that will make living

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. upgrades focus on water-use reduction First Potomac Realty Trust’s tenant at Redland Corporate Center receives Leed Platinum Certification

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fourth office space in all of Maryland that is LEED (Lead- ership in Energy and Environ- mental Design) CI (Commercial Interiors) Platinum, another of the four being located in the same First Potomac building. GPI is also the first engineer- ing office in Maryland to be awarded the LEED CI Plati-

num certification. LEED for Commercial Interi- ors is the recognized system for certifying high-performance, green tenant spaces that were designed specifically for ten- ants in commercial and insti- tutional buildings who lease their space or do not occupy the entire building.

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