Two Liberty Center, an Arlington, Virginia, mixed-use development with office space, residences, and retail, has been committed to sustainability since its opening in 2007. The property has achieved ENERGY STAR certification; was awarded the 2010 Award for Excellence by the Architectural Precast Association; the 2009 SAVR Award (Saving Arlington’s Valuable Resources); a Silver certification by the League of American Bicyclists; and a Platinum award by Arlington Transportation Partners for its alternative transportation offerings (one of only two commercial projects to receive the coveted award).
Even with all these accomplishments, Kodiak Realty Services, the property owner and manager for Two Liberty Center, knew the building could continue evolving by pushing the sustainability envelope. The Kodiak team contacted Paladino about helping it achieve LEED Silver.
One of the highlights of my work is collaborating with hard working property managers and developers who exhibit their commitment to sustainability and find creative ways to reduce environmental impact – all in the spirit of Abundance. The best part about working on the Two Liberty Center project was how committed the ownership and management teams were to improving their tenant experience – and how willing they were to make changes in their systems and operations to do it.
Rather than focusing on a LEED score, this experience focused on positively impacting the community through this building, which made it possible to overcome any hurdles along the way. We were also able to clearly evaluate investments considered throughout this process by first looking at tenant impacts and how the investment aligned with the goals of the project.
We quickly realized that the property could set its sights beyond Silver certification and reach for LEED Gold. “When Paladino completed its analysis and found that we would be eligible for Gold, we were pleasantly surprised and quite excited,” said Mike Mesmer, director of property management at Kodiak Realty.
“Paladino made the process extraordinarily easy. The team never allowed us to doubt ourselves and our decision”, Mesmer says. “At the end of the day there is the objective focus on the application, but there’s also that bedside manner – that personal touch. It’s pretty rare and really nice.”
With amenities including a rooftop terrace, quick access to Ballston Quarter, bike storage, locker rooms and showers, and a discounted Gold’s Gym membership for building residents and workers, Two Liberty Center continues to attract great businesses and employees. This building truly reflects how Abundance Thinking unlocks the potential in existing buildings.
Read more about this exciting project. And contact Paladino if you think that you, too, can go for the gold.
Check out the scorecard: http://www.usgbc.org/projects/two-liberty-center