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Washington Square Awarded LEEDŽ Silver Certification

Washington, D.C., February 12, 2013 - Lerner Enterprises, Washington, D.C.’s largest private real estate developer, and The Tower Companies, the largest Green Builders in the nation’s capital, both of Rockville, Maryland, are pleased to announce that Washington Square, the award-winning 1,000,000 square-foot landmark office building located at 1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. in the heart of Washington’s Central Business District, has earned Silver Certification under LEEDŽ for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.  The LEEDŽ Certification is awarded by the United States Green Building Counsel and recognizes excellence in building operating efficiencies and best of practices in sustainability.

LEEDŽ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification provides independent verification by the United States Green Building Counsel that a building was designed, built, or renovated using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The Washington Square LEEDŽ Certification project focused on improving efficiency and implementing green practices in the following areas:

  • Environmentally friendly exterior building site maintenance program
  • Significant reductions in water and energy use
  • Environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alterations
  • Sustainable purchasing policies
  • Comprehensive waste stream & recycling management program
  • Ongoing indoor environmental quality

Lerner and Tower are committed to maintaining sustainable business practices through the use of high-performance building materials, state-of-the-art technology and specialized construction techniques in order to minimize the impact to the environment.

Washington Square currently has up to 160,000 square feet available for lease on the fifth through seventh floors.  Four high-end ‘Ultimate Office Suites’ are also being constructed on the tenth floor to accommodate users from 4,300 to 7,600 square feet and will be ready for tenant occupancy in April 2013.  Additional information on leasing opportunities and the project’s features and amenities can be found at WashingtonSquareDC.com or schedule a tour with Michael B. Katcher, Brian R. Raher, Brian F. Tucker or John B. Dragelin of Cushman & Wakefield.

Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies have collaborated on numerous landmark developments for over 40 years including: White Flint Mall, Washington Square, White Flint North, Beaumeade Corporate Park, Residence Inn by Marriott – Dulles Airport @ Dulles 28 Centre, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Dulles 28 Centre, and numerous other projects in the Washington, D.C. area.

About Lerner Enterprises

Lerner Enterprises (Lerner.com) of Rockville, Maryland, founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, is Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developer and is involved in all phases of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use real estate.  This includes planning, development, construction, leasing and asset and property management.  Lerner has developed and currently manages more than 20 million square feet of office buildings, retail centers and residential communities.  Lerner's office portfolio is comprised of many  well-known developments including: 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (TowerOaks.com) with LEEDŽ Platinum Certification, Rockville, MD; The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center (DullesTownCenter.com), Dulles, VA; Washington Square (WashingtonSquareDC.com),  Washington, D.C.; The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II (Tysons2.com), Tysons Corner, VA; Fallsgrove Village Office Center (FallsgroveOffice.com), Rockville, MD; White Flint North, North Bethesda, MD; 20 M Street, SE (20MStreetSE.com) with LEEDŽ Gold Certification, Washington, D.C.; 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.; Flint Hill Park (FlintHillOfficePark.com), Fairfax, VA; 7799 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA,  among many others. 

Lerner has also commenced construction on Fallsgrove Plaza (FallsgroveOffice.com) in Rockville, a state of the art 110,000 square foot medical | office building designed for LEEDŽ Gold certification.  The building is scheduled for occupancy in early 2014.

About The Tower Companies

The Tower Companies (TowerCompanies.com) is a closely held, award winning real estate Development Company founded by Albert Abramson in 1947, ranks #16 on the 2012 EPA Green Power Purchasers List; received the “2010 Awards of Excellence Development Company of the Year,” by Multi Housing News for their corporate green initiatives.  Tower is EPA certified carbon-neutral and a member of ENERGY STAR and Green Power Partnership Leadership programs.  Tower is also the first Real Estate Development Company to become Climate Registered with The Climate Registry.  Tower has developed 4.5 million square feet of office buildings, office parks, 1,400 apartments, regional malls, residential communities, lifestyle centers, and hotels within the D.C. area.  Of this total, 1.5 million square feet are LEEDŽ certified sustainable buildings and another 3 million square feet are in the planning stages.  Three of the eleven certified properties are Platinum.