Sonae Sierra and ING Real Estate Development have just announced that Le Terrazze has recently become the first shopping center in the world to achieve joint OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certifications during construction, issued by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance.
"The achievement of two prestigious certifications for the shopping center's Safety, Health and Environmental Management System confirms the project's strong commitment towards sustainability since the earliest stages of its development," commented Jerry Boschi, General Manager, Developments, Sonae Sierra in Italy
In particular, the OHSAS18001 certification is based on this international standard that lays down specific requirements for the management and protection of workers' health and safety.
With regard to this, Le Terrazze has implemented a Safe Practice Index (SPI) program establishing a minimum number of monthly hours of safety and health audits, totalizing until June 2011 685 man-hours of training delivered to site stakeholders.
The shopping center has also created an incident investigation methodology and regularly holds announced and unannounced emergency drills.
The strong commitment towards environmental protection and safeguard is confirmed by ISO 14001 certification. Through the systematic use of strict Safety, Health and Environmental Management System (SHEMS), Le Terrazze will be able to handle some fundamental factors such as electric power and water consumption, as well as waste management and recycling. In particular, at the end of June 2011, the site was recycling 99% of its construction waste and keeps monitoring its energy and water consumption.
With a total GLA of 38,600 m², Le Terrazze will be the largest shopping center in the province, with 106 units including an Ipercoop hypermarket of 11,700 m², eight large stores and 15 restaurants and bars, as well as a Fitness Club Tonic with indoor swimming pool, a games room of 700 m² and a free covered parking for 2,000 cars.
To date 80% of GLA has already been let. Le Terrazze represents an investment of 125 million and will have a positive impact on the local economy with the creation of about 700 new jobs (direct and indirect), excluding induced employment and hypermarket.
The opening of the new shopping center in La Spezia is scheduled for the end of February or beginning of March 2012.
"Le Terrazze will offer to all citizens of La Spezia and nearby provinces a new and innovative concept of shopping center. Our aim is to create not only a place for shopping but also for living, where visitors can choose from a variety of different experiences, with great attention and respect t