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LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST RECEIVES LEED® GOLD CORE AND SHELL CERTIFICATION
FOR ITS 4631 WOODLAND BOULEVARD BUILDING IN TAMPA
Project marks the first speculative office building in Tampa to receive LEED-CS Gold certification
TAMPA – June 5, 2009 - Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), the real estate investment trust that owns and manages nearly 2.8 million square feet of office and industrial properties in Tampa, today announced that its 4631 Woodland Boulevard building has earned LEED Gold-CS (Core and Shell) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This project marks the first speculative office building in Tampa to receive LEED-CS Gold certification.
“Our team was very diligent from the onset of this project, initially with its design to meet LEED-CS certification and through the development process,” said Jody Johnston, vice president and city manager, Liberty Property Trust. “During construction we recycled 96% of all building materials, diverting waste to overcrowded landfills. Our team also paid very close attention to energy and resource conservation, indoor air quality and tenant exposure to natural light. We project an estimated 20% savings in energy costs by using high energy-efficient HVAC equipment and a 50% reduction in water usage using water reducing fixtures - these are significant savings.”
LEED is the USGBC’s leading measurement rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings. LEED Gold CS certification of the 4631 Woodland Boulevard building was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include: waterless urinals, low-flow shower heads and sensor faucets, high energy-efficient HVAC equipment with special filters and carbon dioxide monitors, a highly reflective TPO roof membrane, as well as low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting paints, carpet and adhesives.
“This building represents a new era in office space options within the Tampa market,” said Liberty’s LEED consultant Joanna Switzer, senior consultant at Green Building Services. Liberty has demonstrated a commitment to their tenants by offering a building with ample access to views, daylight, and optimal air quality. Liberty has also incorporated sustainable principles into their own office suite within the building and provided educational information to tenants regarding the importance of using low-VOC products and energy efficient systems designs to further contribute to the long-term health and performance of the building.”
Earlier this year Liberty’s 4631 Woodland Boulevard building received the “Office Building of the Year” award from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the “Outstanding Contribution to the Community” award in the 26th Annual Community Design Awards from the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission in Tampa. Liberty’s 4631 Woodland Corporate Boulevard building marks the company’s completion of the Woodland Corporate Center. Liberty has developed and leased 19 buildings offering nearly one million square feet of space in the park since 1996. Other key tenants in the park include Aetna, Travelers, American Express Travel and the Bank of Tampa.
Liberty and LEED®/Sustainable Development
Liberty has been recognized for its commitment to sustainable design and its positive impact on its tenants’ employees, the environment and its communities. Most recently, Liberty was named the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) 2008 Developer of the Year. This award is presented annually to one member-developer company that best exemplifies leadership and innovation in the commercial real estate industry. Liberty is also the proud recipient of the CoreNet Global 2008 Sustainability Leadership Award for Design & Development and the 2007 NAIOP Green Development Award. The company was also honored with the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2006 LEED Corporate Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding leaders in green building that demonstrate exceptional vision, leadership, and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction. Liberty has invested more than $1 billion in sustainable developments.
About Liberty Property Trust:
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), headquartered in Malvern, PA, is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through extraordinary work environments. The real estate investment trust (REIT) serves customers in the United States and United Kingdom through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 77 million square foot portfolio offers exceptional locations and flexible design to more than 2,100 tenants at approximately 750 office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities. The company has received numerous recognitions for its leadership, customer service and commitment to the development of high performance green buildings and was recently recognized as the 2008 NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) Developer of the Year. For more information visit www.libertyproperty.com.