Prominence in Buckhead Awarded LEED Gold Certified Designation

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

New York Life Real Estate Investors announced Prominence in Buckhead has achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified designation by the United States Green Building Council. The certification was awarded under the updated v4.1 Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance rating system. LEED Gold is the second highest of four classifications for green buildings.

The 433,237 square foot Class A office tower, located at 3475 Piedmont Road in the heart of Buckhead, joins the list of less than 170 certified LEED Gold buildings in the state of Georgia. The 18-story building was acquired in December of 2018 by New York Life Real Estate Investors on behalf of an institutional client. Aileen Almassy and Andy Sumlin of Cushman & Wakefield are the leasing agents for the building and Crocker Partners serves as the property management team.

Several implementations that led to Prominence in Buckhead's LEED Gold certification include:

Enhancement of the building ventilation to improve indoor air quality

Completion of a garage lighting retrofit project that reduced garage electricity use by 65%

Diversion over 50% of its waste from landfills through its robust recycling program

The property management team will continue to hold educational Lunch & Learns for their tenants on green and sustainable practices like recycling and alternative transportation options and provide for other non-standard stream recycling like electronics, batteries and bulbs.

LEED v4.1 is the next generation standard for green buildings which emphasizes performance monitoring. Other marquee buildings in Georgia that have received the LEED Gold certification include Georgia World Congress Center, Salesforce Tower (previously Atlanta Plaza), and most recently, the State Farm Arena, after a 2019 renovation project was completed.

"Servidyne was privileged to assist the Crocker Partners property team through the LEED certification process. From property management to engineering, everyone was enthusiastic and eager to achieve new levels of sustainability throughout the range of building operations," said Jami Kono, Project Engineer with Servidyne who was responsible for evaluating the building and ultimately confirming the certification level.

In addition to its LEED Gold Certification, the building was awarded the Wired Certified Platinum designation earlier this year, the international standard for cutting-edge internet connectivity in office buildings.

On-site amenities at the building include a newly renovated fitness center, conference facility, chef-driven café, and abundant covered parking provided by direct, covered access to the adjoining seven-level parking deck. Additionally, the building offers walkability to the Buckhead MARTA station and unparalleled access to Georgia 400, as well as a variety of amenities within a one-mile radius to more than 50 restaurants and 10 hotels.