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Gaedeke Group Tops 1.6M-SF of LEED Space with Banner Place's New Honor

September 8, 2014

Banner Place

Gaedeke Group LLC has surpassed 1.6 million sf of LEED-designated space in its three-million-sf portfolio with Banner Place in North Dallas securing its latest LEED Silver Operations & Management certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 280,432-sf Banner Place is the seventh property in Gaedeke's class A office portfolio to achieve LEED certification and the third to attain LEED Silver. The project consists of a 12-story building at 12770 Coit Rd. and a three-story structure with office and medical office space at 12660 Coit Rd.

"Our ownership is dedicated to doing the right thing for the environment," says Dan S. Yates, Southwest regional manager and green programs officer for Dallas-based Gaedeke Group. "It's not enough to say you have green programs. You have to prove it by attaining these designations. Our tenants see that and understand the importance of their participation."

Key to Banner Place's LEED Silver designation was its Energy Star rating of 82 and the alternative commuting credit. Of the 480 tenants, 315 responded to the alternative commuting survey, which queries the use of mass transportation, carpooling and fuel-efficient vehicles. With a Dallas Area Rapid Transit stop at the front door, Banner Place tenants have reduced commuting emissions by nearly 30%, according to Gaedeke's green consultant, Quest Resource Management Group LLC of Dallas.

"Having a high Energy Star score is key. But, the other key factor was the responses we got from tenants on the alternative commuting survey," Yates says. "I can't emphasize that enough."

Gaedeke initiated the LEED Silver process immediately following last year's renovation of Banner Place, which focused on the lobby but also included installation of low-flow water fixtures. As a result, indoor water consumption has declined 26%.

Banner Place also has earned high marks for its recycling programs, including electronic waste, and green practices of its janitorial services and pest management. Participation from tenants has resulted in the recycling of more than 67,113 pounds of waste during the LEED performance period.

"It's really a team effort," Yates continues, "all the way around."

Gaedeke's first LEED Silver was awarded to its headquarters building, Regency Plaza, a 172,912-sf multi-tenant high rise at 3710 Rawlins St. in Uptown Dallas. Just recently, Gaedeke's other Uptown property – the 128,795-sf Oak Lawn Plaza at 2501 Oak Lawn Ave. – became LEED Silver-certified. Currently, Yates and the team are pursuing LEED certifications for two class A office buildings in Nashville.

Other LEED-designated properties in Gaedeke's portfolio are 2800 Tower, 2800 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 1310 G St., Washington, D.C.; Northbridge Centre, 515 Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, Fla.; and One McKinney Plaza, 3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas.
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