Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) August 20, 2012
Clarion Partners’ Metro Park VI, a newly delivered 330,589 square foot trophy office tower in Alexandria, VA, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Core and Shell 2.0 Platinum level recognizes the building’s substantial reductions in building energy and water use, along with its exemplary level of indoor air quality.
Developed by The Evans Company for New York-based Clarion Partners and designed by KlingStubbins, Metro Park VI is 60 percent pre-leased; Booz Allen & Hamilton has signed a ten-year, $40 million lease for 88,000 SF. It is the final building within the 1.2 million SF Metro Park office park, favored by Federal government contractors due to its proximity to Metrorail, the VRE commuter train, Fort Belvoir, and the newly relocated National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The lushly landscaped Metro Park campus offers tenants an award-winning LEED Platinum conference center and full-service fitness center, along with the NAIOP award-winning Walker’s Grille, featuring fresh, locally sourced menu items in a congenial environment.
“Metro Park VI represents an intelligent evolution of the suburban office building type,” noted architect Glenn Crawford of KlingStubbins. “Rather than relying on a single, dramatic sustainable feature, or on elements that would prove challenging to future tenants, the design optimizes conventional ingredients into a result that exceeds conventional expectations.”
Central to the building’s performance is its form and massing. After testing various models, the design team selected a lozenge-shaped tower with “pinched” east and west ends to reduce heat gain at those exposures. Glass curtain wall, which covers most of the building’s exterior, consists of double-pane Low-E glazing filled with Argon. Portions of the glazing are silk screened to help reduce solar radiation transmitted into the space
The envelope’s energy performance is augmented by a modern heating and cooling system that, according to architects, will set a new standard for energy-saving design. Each floor is divided into an east zone and a west zone, with each zone served by a variable air volume air-handling unit (AHU). Each of these units receives outdoor air that is preconditioned by energy recovery wheels within the outdoor AHUs. There are two 500-ton cooling towers located on the roof, feeding chilled water to the two high-performance 500-ton water-cooled chillers. A 100-ton fluid cooler, operating 24/7, provides supplementary cooling.
The building’s orientation, shape, and performance characteristics combine to reduce the building’s energy consumption by more than 35 percent compared with that of a similar, conventional building. The building also reduces water use dramatically – 50 percent in outdoor landscaping using and 30 percent indoors.
Metro Park VI received a nearly perfect score for indoor air quality. The HVAC system provides about 30 percent more fresh air than the level required by code. Low-VOC and non-toxic paints, sealants, and carpets were used throughout the structure. With an indoor air quality measurement and verification plan in place, Metro Park VI virtually eliminates the risk of “sick building syndrome.”
“We are proud to receive USGBC’s highest level of recognition for our commitment to sustainability and high-performance design and construction,” said Marc C. DeLuca, Managing Director, Clarion Partners. “Metro Park VI demonstrates that developers do not have to make radical changes to conventional modern office building design, nor do they have to spend lavishly, in order to achieve substantial reductions in building energy and water use, along with greatly improved indoor air quality that can optimize tenants’ productivity and health.” http://www.metroparkva.com
About Clarion Partners:
Clarion Partners has been a leading US real estate investment manager for 30 years. Headquartered in New York, the firm has offices in major markets throughout the US as well as a presence in Mexico and Brazil. With more than $25 billion in total assets under management, for over 200 institutional investors both domestic and international, Clarion Partners offers a broad range of real estate strategies across the risk/return spectrum. More information about the firm is available at http://www.clarionpartners.com.