We are seeing demand for environmentally responsible construction, so we're responding. It's the right thing to do for our community and it's good business.
Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) March 10, 2009
West Central Florida's Hallmark Development of Florida, Inc. continues its leadership in LEED green building with the commencement of construction on the second building at Offices at Park Place, 83 Park Place Blvd., in Clearwater, Fla. Hallmark Development has pre-leased half of the new building and is actively seeking additional tenants.
"Green building is a bright spot in our current economic climate," said Paul Engelhardt, vice president of Hallmark Development. "We are seeing demand for environmentally responsible construction, so we're responding. It's the right thing to do for our community and it's good business."
Hallmark will once again team with general contractors The Murray Company, Collman and Karsky Architects, and civil engineering firm Gulf Coast Engineering to complete the project. This same team completed the first Offices at Park Place LEED-Gold-certified building last year.
The site for the second building at Offices at Park Place exceeds local zoning requirements for open space and includes an irrigation system that uses less water than the baseline property. Its parking lot will include more than a dozen reserved parking spaces for high efficiency, low emission vehicles. Wood products used in the building will be certified through the Forest Stewardship Council's Principles and Criteria. Construction debris will be recycled rather than sent to landfills.
Other energy efficient plans call for energy systems that reduce total consumption and dual-flush water closets and lavatory fixtures with automatic shut off. As part of the LEED process LEED-Gold-Registered Class A Office Building in Clearwater, Florida], a third party will test and confirm that all systems are working properly.
LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED rates buildings in categories for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
About Hallmark Development of Florida, Inc.
Hallmark Development of Florida is a diversified real estate development firm founded 43 years ago. It has developed roughly 630,000 square feet of office and service-center space on Florida's Gulf Coast. It owns and operates the Airport Business Center with nearly 160 tenants across the street from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport on 140th Avenue North in Clearwater. In addition, Hallmark manages several other commercial properties, including Roosevelt Lakes Office Park in the Feather Sound area and Enterprise Office Center in the Countryside area, both in Pinellas County. For more information on Hallmark Development, Inc., call (727) 539-7002 or visit http://www.HallmarkDevelopment.net.
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