Auto Retailer’s Office Building in Fort Lauderdale Second to Receive LEED Certification

April 06, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

An office building situated at downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida has just received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the second award given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the history of Lauderdale’s green architecture.

Auto Retailer’s Office Building in Fort Lauderdale Second to Receive LEED Certification

The award was jointly announced by the auto retailer AutoNation and real estate firm Stiles which developed the office building. Stiles previously developed the 300 Las Olas Place office building which achieved the first LEED certification in the downtown.

The 204,000-square-foot office building achieved USGBC’s standards for its energy efficiency, lighting, water and material use, and a mix of structural strategies to go green. The award was based on Existing Buildings Operations Management (EBOM), which is part of USGBC’s standards in evaluating buildings.

Some of the green features of the office building include its computerized energy management system that controls the air-conditioning and heating while monitoring air quality inside, electricity-saving technologies, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, and paints and sealants with low VOC-emission.

According to Chris Rotolo, Stiles Property Management president, the office building features advanced recycling systems and green cleaning products that are safe to the environment, certified with Green Seal, and bio-renewable.

The project is the fifth in a series of green infrastructures developed by Stiles to receive LEED certification, and is second in Fort Lauderdale. The other sites already certified by the USGBC are Lake Shore Plaza II in Sunrise, Plaza at Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Palm Beach Zoo and City Furniture Boca Raton.

AutoNation is said to be the largest corporate tenant in Fort Lauderdale. The auto retailing company had closed the biggest lease transaction with Broward County in a 12-year contract inked in 2009, together with Stiles as the developer. The project now stands in 105,000 square feet ground.

The newly LEED-certified green infrastructure at 200 Southwest 1st Avenue in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s business community raises a 17-story mixed-use Class A office building whose ground spans a 17,000 square feet area occupied by retail shops and six levels of parking.

Construction of the office building started in 2007, during which it was still widely known as 200 Las Olas Circle. Shortly after the launch of AutoNation’s sustainability initiative, the infrastructure was steered in 2008 towards achieving LEED certification.

The multi-tenant office building lies near the major highways so all of its tenants would find no problem with accessing the transportation.

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