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Lerner Receives 2009 ABC "Excellence in Construction" Award for their Corporate Headquarters at 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard

Rockville, Maryland, September 10, 2009 - Lerner Enterprises, Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developer, is proud to announce that their new corporate headquarters at 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard in Rockville, Maryland, was presented with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), (Metro Washington Chapter) 2009 “Excellence in Construction” Award for Interiors / $100 per square foot and over at an awards ceremony held at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi, Maryland on September 9, 2009.  Lerner relocated to 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard in October, 2008.

Lerner's new corporate headquarters, designed by the Washington D.C. office of Gensler Associates and built by HITT Contracting of Fairfax, Virginia, features FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) pearwood, recycled construction materials such as drywall, carpet fibers and backing, and the use of energy star appliances throughout. The lighting design uses daylight harvesting controls which adjust light levels in response to the amount of available sunlight while the use of “indirect lighting” provides the perception of higher levels of light output than actually used.  Low flow toilets and waterless urinals minimize water consumption. The offices are designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification while providing a timeless, elegant design.

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, is a joint development of Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies of Rockville.  In March 2009, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard was officially certified as LEED® Platinum Core and Shell 2.0 – by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first multi-tenant commercial office property to achieve this designation in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia area.  In addition, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard was recently certified as one of the first LEED® Platinum office buildings in the State of Maryland.  The project qualifies for Maryland Green Building Tax Credits of over $1.6 million.  For more information on the certification click here.

The 200,000 square-foot 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard integrated green efficiencies include:

  • A reduction in energy consumption by 41% and water consumption by 48%
  • An HVAC system that is 30% more efficient than for typical offices
  • A four-stage air filtration system that circulates 30% more outside air and turns over every 51 minutes while removing 85% of airborne pollutants
  • CO2 monitoring that increases fresh air when necessary and “night sky” protection.
  • An elimination of light pollution that never leaves the site
  • Electromagnetic field (EMF) shielding
  • Eighty percent (80%) of all electric equipment is Energy Star rated
  • 50% of the materials manufactured within a 500-mile radius reducing the need of additional fossil fuels to transport building materials
  • 75% of the construction waste was recycled
  • Over 17,000 drought resistant plantings of trees, ornamental grasses and bulbs that compliment the buildings’ landscape into a park-like setting, located along the I-270 Technology Corridor
  • Furthermore, 90% of occupants will have outside views, while 74% have natural daylight

The exquisite office building features commissioned art and sculpture in public spaces, including a Dale Chihuly sculpture and a 30-foot illuminated onyx wall in the lobby, a 2,500 square foot fitness facility, including lockers, showers and Pilates exercise room, and an on-site café that sells organic and healthy fare.

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard has office space from 5,000 -130,000 square feet that is available in the building.  Jeffrey K. Diamond and Brian F. Tucker of Diamond Property Company of McLean, Virginia are providing leasing services for the project.

For additional information please visit: TowerOaks.com.

About Lerner Enterprises:

Lerner Enterprises 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 office, retail, hotel and residential real estate.  This includes planning, development, construction, leasing, and property management.  Lerner has developed and currently manages more than 15 million square feet of office buildings, retail centers and residential communities.  Lerner's office portfolio has several well-known developments including: The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA; The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, McLean, VA; 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Rockville, MD (LEED® Platinum Certification); Fallsgrove Village Office Center, Rockville, MD; White Flint North, North Bethesda, MD; Washington Square at 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW and 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Washington, DC; Flint Hill Office Park, Fairfax, VA; 7799 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA; and 400 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA , among many others.

Recent awards include the 2009 National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) Best Green Building of the Year for 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (LEED® Platinum Certification), the 2009 Peerless Rockville Preservation Award and the Honor Award for Design Excellence in the Fairfax County 2009 Exceptional Design Awards Program for 1800 Tysons Boulevard in The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II. NAIOP awards have also been awarded for Fallsgrove Village Office Center; 1650, 1750 and 1800 Tysons Boulevard; and 21000 Atlantic Boulevard in The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center

About The Associated Builders and Contracts, Inc. Awards:

The metro Washington chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors selects each year the Excellence in Construction Awards to recognize and celebrate outstanding projects built by Washington-area ABC members.  The awards competition serves to raise the level of construction standards throughout the industry by recognizing the workmanship of those who contribute and by showcasing the results of their dedication.  By honoring the very best of merit shop construction, ABC demonstrates the adherence of its members to the highest standards of excellence.