SERVIDYNE HELPS HISTORIC OFFICE TOWER WIN LEED-EB GOLD
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- June 8, 2009
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The Hurt Building becomes the first commercial facility in downtown Atlanta to receive the prestigious rating, proving its excellence in environmental sustainability
ATLANTA – June 8, 2009 – SERVIDYNE, INC. (NASDAQ – SERV), a building performance efficiency and real estate company, announced today that its consulting engineers have successfully guided the historic Hurt Building in its achievement of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED©-EB: O&M) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Hurt Building, an 18-story office building located in downtown Atlanta, is owned and managed by an affiliate of Harbor Group International (HGI). It is the first commercial building in downtown Atlanta to achieve the prestigious LEED-EB Gold Certification, a rare distinction that denotes a high-level of commitment to sustainable operations and maintenance of an existing facility.
Servidyne was selected in 2008 to manage the building’s certification process and ensure that the operations and maintenance practices would meet the stringent LEED-EB: O&M Gold Certification standards. In this role, Servidyne developed sustainability policies for the facility, including standards for exterior building management, green cleaning, waste management and sustainable purchasing practices.
To maximize the building’s sustainability and meet the vigorous certification requirements, Servidyne’s in-house team of LEED Accredited Professionals and Professional Engineers accomplished a number of essential projects in completing the assignment. For example, the team:
• Developed a water efficiency upgrade strategy for the building’s plumbing fixtures
• Benchmarked energy performance and prepared the ENERGY STAR© Label application
• Performed ASHRAE Level I and Level II energy audits
• Documented energy efficiency measures and greenhouse gas emission reductions
• Calculated the mercury content of lighting systems
• Inspected outside air ventilation and exhaust systems
• Coordinated a waste stream audit
• Prepared daylight and views compliance calculations
• Audited vendor invoices to document sustainable purchases
• Compiled and analyzed tenant comfort and transportation surveys
• Assembled and coordinated the documentation submission to LEED.
“The Hurt Building was one of the very first skyscrapers ever built in Atlanta, and as such is an important historical icon for the city,” explained Alan R. Abrams, Servidyne’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Successfully achieving the LEED-EB Gold rating for this landmark building is a remarkable accomplishment for our company and for HGI, and represents a significant moment in our city’s history. This building is one of downtown Atlanta’s only remaining structures from the early twentieth century, and its classic architecture is truly breathtaking. For it now to be recognized as a model of environmental stewardship makes it all the more striking. I am particularly proud of the high level of expertise and support that our team was able to provide for such an important project.”
Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED-EB Certification provides third-party verification of an existing facility’s proven environmental sustainability. To qualify for this distinction, a building must meet stringent material and performance standards. LEED certified facilities demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility, and result in:
• Lower operating costs and increased asset values
• Reduced landfill waste
• Energy and water conservation
• Healthier and safer buildings for occupants
• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
• Tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives.
“We are pleased with Servidyne’s successful efforts in helping our building acquire such a prestigious distinction,” said Shannon Westberg, General Manager of the Hurt Building. “The building performance solutions they provided us were truly top notch. Our hope is that the Hurt Building will be the first of many buildings in Atlanta to be certified as environmentally sustainable.”
About the Hurt Building
Designed in 1913 by architect Joel Hurt, the Hurt Building is one of Atlanta’s earliest skyscrapers. The 18-story, 436,340-square-foot building incorporates modern amenities within its classic architecture. Available spaces can accommodate tenants in suites as small as 1,000 square feet up to multiple full floors of 25,000 square feet. The Hurt Building and its parking garage are centrally located in Downtown Atlanta with accessibility via Interstates 75, 85 and 20 and MARTA commuter rail. The Government District, Georgia State University and cultural and entertainment destinations are all in close proximity. More information can be found at www.hurtbuilding.com.
About Harbor Group International
Harbor Group International, LLC is a private real estate investment and management firm which controls a portfolio of worldwide assets valued in excess of $2.3 billion. Harbor Group is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, with offices in New York, Chicago, London and Tel Aviv. The Company’s real estate holdings include over 8.5 million square feet of commercial space and more than 13,000 apartment units. For additional information, please visit www.harborgroupint.com.
Established in 1925 and operating nationwide and internationally, Servidyne provides comprehensive energy efficiency solutions, sustainability programs, and other building performance enhancing products and services to building owners and operators, and engages in commercial real estate investment and development. The Company’s building performance products and services enable customers to optimize the short-term and long-term financial performance of their building portfolios, while reducing their carbon footprints and improving the comfort and satisfaction of their buildings’ occupants. These offerings include comprehensive sustainability programs, energy engineering and energy management analytical consulting services, turnkey implementation of energy savings and other infrastructure upgrade and retrofit projects, and proprietary Web/wireless preventive maintenance and service request systems with integrated utility and maintenance reporting. The Company also owns or controls shopping centers in the Midwest and Southeast and office properties in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about Servidyne, please visit www.servidyne.com or call 770-953-0304.