The McPherson Building Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification

Clarion Partners and Cassidy Turley Led Process to Achieve Highest Level of LEED Certification

Published on March 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced that the McPherson Building, located at 901 15th Street NW and owned by Clarion Partners, has been awarded LEED® for Existing Buildings Platinum certification. The McPherson Building is a 12-story, 246,014 square foot trophy office building overlooking McPherson Square Park, and is one of just eight office buildings in Washington, DC to achieve LEED EB Platinum, the highest level of certification.  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

“We are pleased and gratified to achieve LEED Platinum certification for the McPherson Building, in support of Clarion Partners’ goal to create a more sustainable and efficient workplace for the tenants at McPherson Building,” commented Nicole Snarski, Sustainability Project Manager with Cassidy Turley.  “An engaged and devoted ownership combined with excited and motivated tenants allowed us to attain this elite green building status.”

“We are proud that The McPherson Building has achieved LEED Platinum status,” said Marc DeLuca, Managing Director at Clarion Partners.  “As a leading real estate investor in major markets across the United States as well as in Washington, DC, Clarion Partners is committed to responsible management practices across our portfolio.  The McPherson Building is an outstanding example of how sustainable operations can be achieved with thoughtful programs of capital improvement.”

“Throughout the certification process, tenant comfort and satisfaction remained a priority for the property management team,” commented Betsy Bennett, Property Manager with Cassidy Turley.  “We kept tenants informed with regular meetings, conducted indoor air quality testing, implemented a green cleaning program, and used MERV 13 filters to filter the Outdoor Air that is brought into the building,” she continued.

“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, Clarion Partners demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of The McPherson Building.”

Cassidy Turley’s Sustainability Services team handled the day-to-day project management required to achieve the certification.  The LEED Platinum certification of the building was based on modifications to the operations and maintenance procedures that positively impacted the building itself and the broader community.  The focus of the efforts was on improving energy performance through the implementation of various energy conservation strategies, reducing the consumption of potable water, optimizing indoor environmental quality, improving the recycling program, and offsetting the building’s energy consumption with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated by wind power.  Additional features include:

  • Achieved an ENERGY STAR score of 92
  • Recycled over 60 percent of the buildings waste stream
  • Over 75 percent of building occupants use alternatives to single occupancy vehicles when commuting, helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the building

The McPherson Building is currently 97.8 percent leased to a mix of retail tenants, public and private companies and law firms.  The surrounding neighborhood offers several amenities and convenient access to luxury hotels, fine dining and retail shopping, as well as the McPherson Square Metro station (Blue and Orange lines), which is located across the street from the property. Cassidy Turley also handles the leasing of the building and secured $95 million in permanent financing for the asset on behalf of Clarion Partners in 2011.

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. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of futureU.S.demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

About LEED
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

About Clarion Partners LLC
Clarion Partners has been a leading U.S. real estate investment manager for over 30 years. Headquartered in New York, the firm has offices in major markets throughout the U.S., in Paulo, Brazil and London, England as well as a presence in Mexico. With more than $27 billion in total assets under management, Clarion Partners offers a broad range of real estate strategies across the risk/return spectrum to its more than 200 domestic and international institutional investors.

More information about the firm is available at

About Cassidy Turley
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,700 professionals in more than 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 $22 billion in 2011, manages 455 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 28,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants 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. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside of North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit www.cassidyturley.comfor more information about Cassidy Turley.

Bailey Webb

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