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2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard Project Receives Montgomery County Proclamation for Greenest Building

Rockville, Maryland, September 25, 2009 - Lerner Enterprises, Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developer, and The Tower Companies, the largest Green Builder in the Nation’s Capital, both of Rockville, Maryland, announced today that Nancy Floreen, Council member of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council, presented a proclamation certifying 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard as the first commercial multi-tenant USGBC LEED® Platinum office building in the State of Maryland.  The proclamation was received by Arthur N. Fuccillo, Executive Vice President of Development and Construction for Lerner and David Borchardt, Director of Sustainable Design for The Tower Companies, joint developers of 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard on Tuesday, September 22nd.

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

  • A reduction in energy consumption by 28% 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 99% of airborne pollutants

  • CO2 monitoring that increases fresh air when necessary.

  • “Night sky” protection ensures light pollution never leaves the site

  • Electromagnetic field (EMF) shielding

  • Eighty percent (80%) of all electric equipment is Energy Star rated

  • 22% of the materials manufactured within a 500-mile radius reducing the need of additional fossil fuels to transport building materials

  • Over 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 ABC award for excellence in construction of Lerner’s new corporate headquarters at 2000 Tower Oaks, 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 Tower Companies

The Tower Companies (towercompanies.com), founded by Albert Abramson in 1947, is a family-owned real estate firm in Rockville, Maryland and the largest Green Builder in the Nation’s Capital.  It ranks #42 on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Top 50 US Green Power Purchasers' List, is EPA-certified carbon neutral, and they developed, Blair Towns, (blairtowns.com) the first US Green Building Council LEED-certified apartment complex in the country. The Tower Companies is a member of EPA’s Climate Leaders, Energy Star and Green Power Partnership programs.  Their award-winning portfolio includes 4.5 million square feet of office buildings, office parks, 1,400 apartments, regional malls, residential communities, lifestyle centers, and hotels within the DC area. Of this total, one million square feet are Green or sustainable projects, and another 2.5 million square feet are in the planning stages; 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, co-developed with Lerner Enterprises, (toweroaks.com), is the first LEED Platinum-certified multi-tenant commercial building in the DC area, The Tower Building (towerbuilding.com), an Energy Star building and recently awarded LEED Silver certification under the Existing Buildings program, was named 2003 Green Office Building of the Year by Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA), is LEED Silver, 1050 K Street (1050kstreet.com) is LEED Gold and 1909 K St, known as The Millennium Building (millenniumbuilding.com) is the only and first commercial multi-tenant building in DC to get LEED EB certified. Tower now has six LEED certified projects and over 25% of their staff are LEED Accredited Professionals.  Awards include 2009 National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) Best Green Building of the Year for 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, 2009 DC Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, 2009 Circle of Excellence Smart CEO Awards, 2009 Peerless Rockville Preservation Awards, 2008 USGBC of the National Capital Area, Member Firm of the Year, 2008 Washington Business Journal Green Company of the Year, 2008 Washingtonian Magazine Corporate Green Award, 2007 DC Chamber of Commerce Corporation of the Year, 2006 and 2003 EPA Green Power Leadership Awards.  For more information, visit: TowerCompanies.com.