Denver Office Tower Awarded LEED Platinum
- Feb 07, 2017
Denver—Hines and Invesco Real Estate announced that 1515 Wynkoop, an eight-story office building located on the northwest corner of 15th and Wynkoop in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood, has earned LEED Platinum certification under the USGBC’s rating system for Existing Buildings.
The 306,791-square-foot property was completed in 2009 and is currently owned by a separate account pension fund, a client of Invesco Real Estate. Among the achievements that earned the LEED Platinum certification are: monthly landfill diversion of more than 50 percent through e-recycling, cooking oil recycling, lamp and battery recycling, as well as supporting a home e-recycling program; partnering with general contractors to maximize trash diversion during tenant improvement construction; a garage re-lamp project saving approximately 69,520 kilowatt-hours each year; and support for alternative commuting including electric vehicle charging stations and ample bike storage with locker rooms and showers, resulting in 63 percent of building occupants utilizing alternative modes of transportation.
1515 Wynkoop has also earned the ENERGY STAR distinction every year since 2010 and its score of 95 puts it in the top five percent of U.S. office buildings in terms of energy efficiency. This equates to removing 733 passenger vehicles from the road.
“We are extremely pleased to achieve LEED Platinum at 1515 Wynkoop,” Duncan Walker, senior director, asset management at Invesco Real Estate, said in prepared remarks. “Invesco Real Estate takes sustainability very seriously and the LEED Platinum certification is a way for us to demonstrate this to our tenants, the local community and our clients. We recognize and appreciate the hard work and tenacity shown by Hines in this accomplishment.”
Hines Senior Managing Director & Global Sustainability Officer Gary Holtzer added, “Achieving LEED Platinum is a testament to the value of applying solid, proactive operating principles to create efficiencies, cost savings and long-term value. Continuous improvement by the on-site Hines staff was at the core of moving this building to Platinum.”
The office asset was designed by Hartman-Cox Architects and boastsan exterior made of brick cladding and glass in keeping with the historical tradition of its neighboring structures. Furthermore, it maximizes natural light in tenant spaces through full-height windows and finished ceiling heights of more than nine feet, marking a first for Denver’s CBD. In addition, the building features a grand lobby entrance off Wynkoop, 26,000 square feet of retail space on the first level, approximately 10,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space throughout the building and 415 below-grade parking spaces.
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