A new office tower stands in Austin, and its durability features are breaking records. The Indeed Tower, a recently completed AA office tower, has achieved 82 points toward LEED v4 Core & Shell (CS) Platinum certification. Awarded by the US Green Building Council, this certification makes Indeed Tower the second largest LEED v4 CS project in the United States and the fifth largest in the world, according to a press release.
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The building covers 730,000 square feet and rises to 36 floors. Approximately 35,000 square feet of this project includes the adaptive reuse of Claudia Taylor Johnson’s historic post office. Campbell Landscape Architecture and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects contributed 17,000 square feet of urban green space for the project. Developed by Trammell Crow Company and major real estate investors and led by architectural firm Page, this large-scale project spanned four years.
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“Trammell Crow Company set out over three years ago to develop an office tower designed for the future. Indeed Tower has been designed to meet and exceed the highest sustainability standards and meet the needs of current and future office tenants who demand a modern and evolved workplace, ”said Brad Maples, Austin office manager of Trammell Crow Company.
Indeed, the lasting characteristics of the tower begin with the integration of open green spaces. The open space covers 46% of the site with the help of terraces and the large urban square. These spaces include abundant vegetation, of which 75% are native and 25% are drought tolerant. Water problems are solved with on-site rainwater management, low-flow plumbing fixtures and EnergyStar devices. These features help the building save 1.5 million gallons of water per year. The reuse of the existing structure also allows the project to reduce its incorporated carbon by 20%.
In addition to the tower’s LEED Platinum certification, the project also achieved 4-star Austin Energy Green Building certification. A Fitwel 1-Star certification is pending.
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