Office complex Rondo 1, owned by MGPA Europe Fund II, is the first skyscraper in Europe to receive the LEED Gold certificate in the category 'Existing Buildings'. The certificate is a culmination of more than a year-long process of implementing new, environmentally-friendly solutions in Rondo 1.
"The LEED Gold certificate is an achievement we largely owe to Rondo 1 tenants and their employees. There are over 70 companies and institutions located in Rondo 1 which employ 5,500 people in total. I'd like to thank them for their engagement and support. Their daily help and pro-ecological attitude were crucial for successful certification", says Karol Bartos, Vice President Asset and Development Management, MGPA.
During the certification process, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) evaluates: water and energy consumption, type of materials used in the interiors, and effectiveness of the waste segregation system.
The Rondo 1 certification process started in October 2009, since then water consumption has been reduced by 30% and the number of light bulbs containing mercury compounds has also been reduced. All cleaning products used in the building are biodegradable and 10% of electricity consumed by the building comes from renewable energy sources (wind energy). Furthermore, 61% of the building's total waste is sorted and almost 63% of the 5,500 employees working in Rondo 1 cycle to work or use public transport, according to data gathered by USGBC in February 2010.
"Rondo 1 is a unique building. From the beginning it has been setting standards on the office market in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe. The LEED certificate confirms that we care not only about the quality of offered space and tenant's comfort but for the natural environment as well," says Bartos.
Hochtief Development Poland (the company administrating the building), and Epstein, an architectural firm offering consultation for the LEED program were also involved in the certification process.
About Rondo 1
Rondo 1 is the most modern, grade A+ tall building in Central and Eastern Europe. A 40-floor tower, located in the center of Warsaw's business district, at ONZ Roundabout, and in the vicinity of Warsaw's Central Railway Station. The complex also includes a neighboring, 10-story building with a car park and serviced premises. Rondo 1 offers a total of 64,000 m² rentable building space and nearly 500 parking places.
Rondo 1 was designed by architects from American company, Skidmore, Owings & Merill - who specialize in the design of tall buildings - in cooperation with Polish studios: AZO and Epstein. The investment was put into operation in 2006.
Rondo 1 is the property of MGPA Europe Fund II, managed by the private equity real estate investment advisory company, MGPA.
Source: Advanced Public Relations