Uptown's Regency Plaza Earns 1st LEED Silver For Gaedeke's Class A Office Portfolio

Gaedeke Group LLC's headquarters building, Regency Plaza in Uptown, has become the first property in its portfolio and 10th in the Metroplex to earn Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® for Existing Buildings program.

Gaedeke has been aggressively pursuing LEED certification portfolio-wide, with Regency Plaza now its fifth property to earn a sustainability hallmark from the USGBC. The 165,843-sf Regency Plaza at 3710 Rawlins St. earned high marks for optimal energy efficiency performance.

"Our company is constantly looking for ways to reduce its carbon footprint," says Dan S. Yates, regional manager and green programs officer for the Dallas-based investment group. "The LEED process allows us to drill into the categories and get behind all of the numbers."

The 16-story multi-tenant building's high score in the Energy & Atmosphere category is a testament to its longstanding ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the "Innovation" category, Gaedeke earned exemplary performance points for a solid waste management program for durable goods. High tenant participation in Gaedeke's year-round e-waste recycling days for computers, phones and other electronic devices yielded high scores as did changes to plumbing fixtures, which resulted in a 42% savings in annual usage.

Regency Plaza's LEED team included Blaine Morris, director of engineering, and Quest Sustainability Solutions of Frisco, Texas. Yates, who is spearheading the certification process portfolio-wide, attributes Regency Plaza's ability to attain LEED Silver to its architectural design, energy, tenant load and tenant type.

"Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of Washington, DC-based USGBC. "While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Gaedeke Group are addressing it through local solutions."

Each day, 1.5 million sf of properties worldwide become LEED certified. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation," Fedrizzi says.

Gaedeke owns three million sf of class A office properties in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. Northbridge Centre in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been submitted for LEED certification and two more Dallas properties are expected to be added to the pipeline later this year.

Completed: 1985
Acquired by Gaedeke Group: 1990
Architect: James Wheeler of Wheeler International Corp. of Dallas
Features: Traditional, brick-and-glass exterior with four stair-stepped lighted fountains with upright bubble water display cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Gaedeke Group LLC
Gaedeke Group, founded in 1995, is a full-service real estate firm that provides investment, acquisition, management, leasing construction management and portfolio management services. Headquartered in Dallas, Gaedeke's current portfolio encompasses three million square feet of class A office properties in Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Germany.

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