St. Louis – Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., has achieved LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Commercial Interiors Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), for its St. Louis headquarters. Located in the Centene Plaza office tower, Cassidy Turley’s full floor headquarters houses 100 associates in 27,000 square feet of office space. Of the 14 Commercial Interior LEED projects in Missouri, Cassidy Turley is only the third to have been awarded the LEED Gold certification. LEED for Commercial Interiors is the internationally recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.
The St. Louis office is the most recent addition to a growing list of Cassidy Turley corporate offices to achieve LEED certification – these include Washington DC, San Jose, and San Francisco. “We are extremely proud to accomplish the LEED Gold certification in our St. Louis office, it is a tremendous accolade and a testament to our solid commitment to do what is in the best interest of our clients, employees, communities and the environment,” said Tim Walsh, Managing Principal of Cassidy Turley. “This achievement joins a host of others that comprise our larger sustainability strategy focused on environmental and corporate responsibility.”
“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Cassidy Turley demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the St. Louis Office.”
Cassidy Turley Sustainability Services handled the day to day project management incorporating a variety of sustainable strategies into the office facility that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- Over 75 percent of the construction waste was salvaged or recycled.
- Over 25 percent of the glass, wall base, floor laminate and tile used was made from recycled content and manufactured within 500 miles of the project building.
- 95 percent of the equipment and appliances installed as part of the project feature the ENERGY STAR rating.
- Potable water use was reduced by 20 percent, when compared to the LEED baseline.
- The indoor environmental quality has been protected using 20 percent low emitting adhesives, sealants, flooring systems, composite woods and agrifiber throughout the Cassidy Turley space.
- Maximized natural lighting and outdoor views through strategic space planning and the incorporation of large expanses of glass in interior offices.
- Cassidy Turley off-sets 100 percent of the kWh used by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
About U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
About Cassidy Turley
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with 3,200 professionals in 60 offices nationwide. The company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $17 billion in 2010, manages 430 million square feet on behalf of private, institutional and corporate clients and supports over 25,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and occupiers with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. In 2010, the firm enhanced its global service delivery outside of North America through its partnership with GVA. Please visit www.cassidyturley.com for more information about Cassidy Turley.