San Francisco office of Hines awarded LEED platinum (US)

The San Francisco office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that 560 Mission Street has received Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System. It is the first multi-tenant building in California to achieve this distinction.

560 Mission Street is Hines' sixth LEED certified property in downtown San Francisco. As a group, 560 Mission Street, 101 California Street, 55 Second Street, 101 Second Street, 100 Montgomery Street and Hawthorne Plaza represent approximately 20% of all LEED certified commercial office space in the CBD.

560 Mission Street is a 667,000 ft² (approx. 61,800 m²), 31-story office building that was developed by Hines in 2002. The property is owned by National Office Partners, a joint venture between Hines and the California Public Employees' Retirement System. With five ENERGY STAR® labels and a current rating of 97, the building is 60 percent more energy efficient than the national average office building. This translates into estimated annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing more than 1,000 cars from the road.

As a part of the LEED certification process, Hines' property management team implemented a series of retrofits and building upgrades to meet rising tenant expectations for high-performing, sustainable office space. Green features and sustainable programs and achievements include:

* a comprehensive retro-commissioning program
* reduction in overall indoor water use by 36 percent
* monthly landfill diversion of 75 percent through recycling, composting and durable goods disposal
* retrofit lighting system by installing highly efficient low-mercury lamps
* enhanced automated indoor air quality and filtration systems
* a high performance green cleaning program
* installation of draught tolerant and low maintenance landscaping
* implementation of Hines' GREEN OFFICE for Tenants program to increase sustainability in occupant spaces

Hines Senior Vice President Paul Paradis said, "Achieving a platinum certification in a multi-tenant environment can be very challenging. We had a natural advantage, however, having designed and developed the building for optimal efficiency, and having operated the building according to the Hines Standard since 2002."

560 Mission Street is 100 percent leased to JPMorgan Chase. Notable subtenants include: Accenture; ARUP; Ernst & Young; HDR; Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; TIAA-CREF; and Zurich North America.

Source: Hines

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