Case Studies

  • Ponce City Market

    Atlanta, GA
    Goals
    • Pursue LEED Certification to validate sustainability efforts and demonstrate ability for historic adaptive re-use project to achieve sustainability goals
    • Create and promote safe access to the property through mode alternative transportation (bike, pedestrian, shuttle, bus, car-share)
    • Achieve lower operating costs and serve as a model for energy use, water use, and waste reduction in the City of Atlanta
    Project Details
    • Recycled over 50,000 tons (98%) of building material
    • Fully restored 56,000 existing windows to create a tight envelope and minimize heating and cooling costs
    • Used lease language that encourages tenants to outperform building code lighting efficiency by 10%, supporting the efficiency of the base building lighting and HVAC systems
    • On-site parking partially funded adjacent bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure on the Atlanta BeltLine, and underground and embedded parking reduces the heat island effect
    Results
    • Earned LEED Gold Core and Shell, LEED for Homes, and LEED CI (for Jamestown’s Corporate Office) in 2016
    • High efficiency bathroom fixtures save 6.5 million gallons of water a year, and water from a spring underneath the building is used to supply make-up water to the air conditioning systems (reducing Ponce City Market’s demand on the municipal system)
    • Earned numerous awards for impact on the city, sustainability, and walkability, including:
      • 2016 Global Award for Excellence from Urban Land Institute — the first project in the Southeast to win this national award recognizing a "high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management" in more than a decade
      • 2016 Project of the Year from Urban Land Institute Atlanta — the local chapter of ULI also recognized the project as one of the most transformational of the year
      • "Golden Shoe" Award from PEDS — the award recognizes Ponce City Market for its pedestrian-friendly location and design, promoting alternatives to driving including a bike valet, direct connection to the Atlanta BeltLine, a tenant shuttle to MARTA, and the inclusion of Zipcars and EV charging stations
  • 799 Market Street

    San Francisco, CA

    Goals

    • Leverage capital improvement projects to increase energy and water efficiency
    • Increase ENERGY STAR Score to demonstrate energy performance relative to similar buildings
    • Position building as a candidate for LEED Certification to validate sustainable operations and performance

    Project Details

    • Executed a modest capital improvement plan including improvements to the energy efficiency of the building, a lobby redesign, addition of bike storage and upgrades to common areas to increase the building’s appeal to technology sector tenants
    • Received $64,574 in rebates and incentives from PG&E to replace the boiler, upgrade the chiller, replace the variable frequency drive (VFD) motors on all chilled water pumps and upgrade the Building Management System (BMS)

    Results

    • Building realized over $147,000 and over 300,000 kWhs in annual savings, which is equivalent to the energy-related emissions produced by over 22 homes in a year
    • Between 2014 and 2016, the building has realized a 50% improvement in its ENERGY STAR score and an energy cost reduction of $127,482 through active energy management strategies, such as peak load analysis and strategic upgrades
    • Re-leased office space at accretive rents, capitalizing on the robust demand in San Francisco market