300 N. LaSalle earns LEED Platinum certification

April 17, 2013  |  Staff Writer  |  Print Article  |  Email this Article

KBS REIT II, along with Hines, announced that 300 N. LaSalle in Chicago has received Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings category.  The tower previously received Gold certification under the LEED for Core and Shell Rating System.

KBS REIT II purchased 300 N. LaSalle in 2010.  The tower, developed by Hines, was completed in 2009 and is still managed by the firm.

Designed by the internationally recognized firm Pickard Chilton, the 57-story, 1.3 million-square-foot building, located on the north bank of the Chicago River between the River North district and the Central Business District, offers 200 feet of frontage along the river, including an outdoor plaza with seating and a large waterfront café. Rising 775 feet, 300 N. LaSalle is among the city’s tallest buildings.

The tower is energy efficient with a façade clad in richly articulated glass and stainless steel, maximizing the introduction of daylight and minimizing solar gain. To reach the goal of Platinum certification, green features implemented at the property included:  river-water intakes for condenser water, which eliminate the need for potable water for cooling and irrigation systems; a recycling program for paper, glass, aluminum and plastic; a green roof to reduce heat island effect; light switches with motion detectors; and low-flow water fixtures throughout the building.  Additionally, Hines offers its proprietary Green Office for Tenants program, which assists in giving tenants options to reduce their carbon footprint.

300 N. LaSalle earned the Energy Star label in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“300 N. LaSalle achieving LEED Platinum demonstrates our commitment to the environment, as well as our sustainability efforts to our tenants and community.  This tower adds stature and prominence to Chicago’s great skyline while respecting our mission in sustainable design,” said Lance Knez, Hines vice president – property management.

The building is 99 percent leased. Tenants include:  The Boston Consulting Group; GTCR; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; and Quarles & Brady LLP.

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