Securian’s 401 Building in Downtown St. Paul Recertified LEED Silver
- Dec 04, 2014
By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor
LEED recertification is a rare occurrence in the Twin Cities, but Securian’s 401 office building in downtown St. Paul recently received a Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building, located at 401 Robert St. North, was the first existing building in St. Paul to earn LEED certification in 2009, and is one of only two buildings in the city to go through the recertification process.
The two office buildings at 400 and 401 Robert St. that comprise Securian Center opened in 1982 and 2000, respectively, and have Energy Star ratings of 87 and 94. According to a news release, the 401 building did not require significant modifications in order to earn the LEED recertification, even though it underwent a more rigorous review than in 2009.
“The design of the building was very forward-thinking,” said JB Matthews, Cushman & Wakefield/Northmarq, which manages Securian’s 1 million square feet of commercial space in St. Paul. “The infrastructure in the 401 may be 14 years old, but it certainly aligns with many of today’s sustainability and energy efficiency standards.”
Designed by Architectural Alliance and built by McGough Construction, the 612,000-square-foot building occupied by the Securian Financial Group does not require boilers or chillers, as St. Paul’s District Energy provides all heating and cooling for the office campus. District Energy generates electricity for many properties in the area, using only clean-burning natural gas and urban wood waste, according to the Energy Innovation Corridor.
“The green building movement offers an opportunity to respond to global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy, and threats to human health,” said Sheri Brezinka, executive director for the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter of the USGBC back in 2009. “Innovative projects such as the 401 building are a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”
Image courtesy of Securian Financial Group
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