September 7th Designated “110 Tower Day”

Written by on September 14, 2011 in News - No comments

110 Tower, the 30-story, 391,473 square-foot ‘class-A’ office building located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Central Business District, is pleased to announce that Mayor Jack Seiler and the City Commission of Fort Lauderdale have designated September 7, 2011 as “110 Tower Day” in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

The Proclamation, presented by Commissioner Romney Rogers during the City Commission meeting on September 7, was issued in recognition of 110 Tower earning the prestigious LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and comes merely two weeks after 110 Tower also won the GalaVerde award in the LEED for Existing Buildings category presented by USGBC’s South Florida Chapter.

110 Tower is currently the only option for tenants seeking a LEED Gold certified building within a multi-tenant high-rise office tower in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Less than 300 buildings worldwide have received 110 Tower’s high-level distinction. In addition, 110 Tower achieved an ENERGY STAR® rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the only building in the Central Business District to earn this recognition.

David Castilla, president, GenCap Partners, representing the owner of 110 Tower, accepted the proclamation on the team’s behalf, thanking the City of Fort Lauderdale for their unwavering support and reinforcing the team’s commitment to strong sustainability policies in order to afford tenants and surrounding neighbors the long-term benefits their investment provides.

110 Tower is in the midst of a comprehensive $15 million renovation program that includes upgrades to the ground floor lobby, new interior and exterior retail spaces, upgraded upper-floor common areas, restroom and other interior spaces, replacement and improvement of all building primary mechanical systems, and a unique exterior lighting system. Since coming on board as the building’s property management and commercial leasing team in 2009, Transwestern has leased more than 200,000 square feet of office space of which 90,000 are new tenants. 110 Tower’s onsite property management team utilized the expertise of Transwestern Sustainability Services, a LEED consulting firm based in Milwaukee, to achieve their goals for 110 Tower. The team included AECOM, City Construction, Coastal Building Maintenance, ECO and DebonAir Mechanical.

In order to achieve the heightened standards of LEED Gold from USGBC, GenCap Partners and Transwestern incorporated a number of enhanced eco-friendly strategies, resulting in an even greater environmental impact. These features included:

  • Energy Efficiency:  The Tower’s Energy Star score was 86, placing it in the top 14% of similar buildings nationwide. The building emits 33% less greenhouse gas emissions than an average building, and is saving more than $198,000 on utility bills annually.
  • Sustainable Site: A highly reflective roof surface and an 8,798 square-foot vegetated roof area reduces the urban heat island effect, and minimizes the impacts of microclimates on humans and wildlife.
  • Water System Efficiency:  The implementation of a water efficiency program, including plumbing fixture retrofits, accomplished a 35% reduction of water use in all fixtures.
  • Green Cleaning:  The Tower utilizes products and equipment that are toxin-free to preserve air quality in the building.
  • Recycling: Implementation of a waste stream audit and occupant education programs to increase the amount of recycling and waste diversion in the building.
  • Purchasing:  The Tower uses a green office supply purchasing program to minimize the environmental impacts related to energy use, resource depletion, and waste.
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