1738We’re excited to officially announce that our redevelopment of 1738 Pearl has achieved LEED-Platinum Core & Shell, making it Boulder’s first privately owned LEED-Platinum building. 1738 Pearl is 26 percent more energy efficient than a similarly-sized building–accomplished with the help of the city’s first installation of a SolarWall (an air collector that uses solar energy to preheat air), and self-tinting electrochromic windows, also a Boulder first.

“It’s an honor to deliver Boulder’s first privately-owned LEED-Platinum building. We’re thrilled to take a leadership position in Boulder by incorporating energy-efficient design and technology into this innovative new development, in a cost-effective manner,” said Adam Knoff, Unico Properties Senior Sustainability Manager. “As an owner with a commitment to sustainable building design and operations, we made numerous investments in the property to enable us to be the first to achieve this LEED-Platinum milestone in Boulder.”

 

Read more at the DailyCamera, or find the full press release below:

 

UNICO PROPERTIES LLC REDEVELOPS 1738 PEARL STREET AND ACHIEVES LEED®-PLATINUM CORE & SHELL, MAKING THE PROPERTY BOULDER’S FIRST PRIVATELY-OWNED LEED-PLATINUM BUILDING

UNICO DELIVERS 1738 PEARL AT 100 PERCENT LEASED

Unico Properties LLC, a real estate investment and operating company, announced today that it redeveloped and has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum Certification for Core & Shell Development at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder.  With this certification, 1738 Pearl Street is Boulder’s first privately-owned LEED-Platinum building and it is 26 percent more energy-efficient than a standard building for its same size, type and location. Unico Sustainability, a division of Unico Properties, provided LEED consulting services for the project.

Unico serves as the majority owner and property manager of 1738 Pearl Street, as part of its majority ownership of Pearl Street Properties, a 356,000-square-foot, 15-building, premier, mixed-use portfolio in Boulder with retail at the ground floor and office above.  1738 Pearl Street is 41,000-square-foot, mixed-use office and retail building.

As part of the redevelopment of 1738 Pearl Street, Unico delivered the building 100 percent leased at completion with a remarkable tenant roster.

“1738 Pearl shows that forward-thinking buildings attract forward-thinking tenants.  We are very appreciative to all of our tenants at 1738, both existing and new, for seeing the vision for the project and working with us through the construction process.  The fact that we were able to deliver the building fully leased is a testament to the economic strength of Boulder as well as the commitment of our partners,” said Austin Kane, Vice President and Regional Director of Unico Properties’ Colorado portfolio.

“It’s an honor to deliver Boulder’s first privately-owned LEED-Platinum building.  We’re thrilled to take a leadership position in Boulder by incorporating energy-efficient design and technology into this innovative new development, in a cost-effective manner,” said Adam Knoff, Unico Properties Senior Sustainability Manager.  “As an owner with a commitment to sustainable building design and operations, we made numerous investments in the property to enable us to be the first to achieve this LEED-Platinum milestone in Boulder.”

Some key highlights of the LEED-Platinum Core & Shell certification include:

  • Twenty-six percent energy savings over a built-to-code commercial building, and these savings go directly to tenants;
  • Boulder’s first installation of electrochromic (self-tinting) windows that reduce the need for shades, reduce solar heat gain, increase energy savings, and maintain views and connection to the environment for tenants;
  • Boulder’s first installation of a SolarWall, a solar transpired air collector which preheats outside air and provides solar heat in the winter, making use of Colorado’s sunny days while reducing energy use and decreasing tenant utility bills;
  • A 41 percent water savings by using low-flow plumbing fixtures;
  • Use of 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting;
  • Real-time energy tracking capability;
  • Extensive use of recycled and regional building materials;
  • Energy-efficient mechanical equipment;
  • Native, drought-resistant landscaping;
  • 100 percent offset of building-related carbon emissions through the purchase of renewable energy credits.

In 2014, Unico achieved LEED® Gold certification for Commercial Interiors for Boulder Brands, Inc. at 1600 Pearl Street where Unico Sustainability served as the LEED Project Consultant advising on key sustainable design elements and decisions for the certification of Boulder Brands’ 18,300-square-foot tenant space.  Comprising the entire third floor at 1600 Pearl Street, the space serves as the new corporate headquarters for Boulder Brands, one of the largest natural consumer packaged food companies in the United States, which is now a subsidiary of Pinnacle Foods.

Unico has earned LEED certification for 14 million square feet of properties throughout its portfolio.  Unico’s Denver office portfolio consists of more than two million square feet of Class-A office properties, which include Denver Club, Writer Square, 17th & Larimer in Lower Downtown, the Root and Zang Buildings in the Platte River Valley, 1660 Lincoln in Downtown, Belleview Tower and Harlequin Plaza in the Denver Technology Center, and Centerpoint I and Centerpoint II at the intersection of I-25 and Colorado Boulevard.  Unico’s real estate portfolio in Boulder is comprised of 1.4 million square feet which includes 27 office buildings (1M square feet) in East Boulder, and 14 mixed use buildings (354,000 square feet) in Downtown Boulder, on or around the Pearl Street Mall.

 

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