Tallest Skyscraper in the Southeast Goes Green
- Aug 14, 2015
By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor
An iconic landmark of the Big Peach reached an important milestone. Bank of America Plaza has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification.
Towering 1,023 feet tall, the 55-story Bank of America Plaza is the tenth tallest building in America. The 1.3-million-square-foot tower was built in 1992, according to the plans of architectural firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. It is located at the threshold of Midtown Mile and the northern boundary of the Central Business District, with quick access from Interstates 85 and 75 as well as the MARTA network and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
To achieve LEED Silver certification, numerous improvements have been carried out at BofA Plaza. These included the installation of WaterSense fixtures in restrooms, as well as a soil moisture monitoring system along with upgrades to the existing irrigation equipment in order to reduce water consumption by more than 50 percent. An ASHRAE Level II Audit was also conducted to identify areas for improvement, along with the implementation a series of energy conservation measures including the addition of new building automation system and upgrades to the air handling units. Successful programs were also put in place for eliminating any possible toxic chemicals from the cleaning and pest control procedures, and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the property.
Onyx Equities Property Management’s team has been in charge of management of the office tower over the past fifteen months.
Photo courtesy of Bank of America Plaza-Atlanta (via Facebook)