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Washington, DC (May 1, 2019) — Lerner Enterprises, one of Washington, D.C.’s largest private real estate developers, and The Tower Companies, a Washington, D.C. based real estate developer and recognized sustainability leader, are pleased to announce that Washington Square has achieved LEED® Gold Certification using Arc Skoru, USGBC’s newest sustainability performance platform. Washington Square is a 1 million SF, award-winning landmark office building located at 1050 Connecticut Avenue and L Street, NW, which originally received LEED Silver Certified under LEED EBOM v2009.

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Lerner and Tower demonstrate their leadership through their LEED certification of Washington Square.”

In an effort to demonstrate their deeply-rooted commitment to energy efficiency and green building innovation, building owners Lerner and Tower, engaged the property management team at Washington Square to implement a variety of energy and water conservation measures. The building is also currently pursuing a Fitwell Certification.

“We are deeply committed to sustainability and are constantly looking for ways to improve our efforts,” stated Mark D. Lerner, a principal of Lerner. “Washington Square is a fixture in the DC market and we are pleased that the building has exceeded sustainability standards, thus achieving a higher LEED status," he added.

In 2008, the partner organizations worked together to achieve LEED Platinum Certification for their joint headquarters at 2000 Tower Oaks, being the first developers to do so for a multi-tenant commercial office building in the National Capital region.


About Washington Square

Washington Square, located at 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s Central Business District, is a 1,000,000 square foot LEED® Gold office building. As an iconic commercial building in the heart of Washington’s Central Business District, Washington Square is an exceptional example of urban placemaking.

In addition to trophy office space that is home to a number of leading businesses, this newly-renovated LEED® Gold landmark offers nearly 100,000 square feet of prime retail and dining space, as well as its own U.S. Post Office and direct onsite access to the Farragut North Metro Station. Even as the city’s commercial market has undergone a dramatic transformation, Washington Square endures as a paragon of quality and timeless design that continues to define the Washington skyline.

Washington Square's recent renovation included extensive exterior, lobby, atrium and building system upgrades. The building features premier office tenants such as the American Bar Association, Baker Hostetler, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and premium retail choices including Morton's - The Steakhouse, Starbucks, Leon, Men's Wearhouse, Sarar, Lou Lou Boutique, and many others. The building is home to four luxurious Ultimate Suites, which provide potential tenants a turn-key flexible office with high-end finishes. The suites feature premium wood, stone and decorative accents and vary in size up to 5,580± square feet.

The building is a co-development of Lerner and The Tower Companies, both of Rockville, Maryland. Lerner and Tower have collaborated on numerous landmark developments for over 50 years, including: Washington Square, White Flint, White Flint North, Beaumeade Corporate Park, Residence Inn – Dulles Airport @ Dulles 28 Centre, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Dulles 28 Centre, and numerous other projects in the Washington, D.C. area.

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About Lerner

Founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, Lerner Enterprises is a respected leader in Washington, D.C. area real estate development, investment and management. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Lerner is one of the largest and most diversified private real estate companies in the region, with expertise in all phases of commercial real estate – including planning, development, construction, leasing, asset management and property management. Lerner has developed and managed more than 20 million square feet of commercial, retail, hospitality and residential real estate throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The award-winning office portfolio features such iconic properties as Washington Square, 20 M Street SE, Two White Flint North, The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center and The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, among many others.

The company is also a pioneer in sustainable development, with a notable LEED® Certified portfolio that includes Washington Square (LEED® Gold Certification), 20 M Street (LEED® Gold Certification), 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (Lerner’s Corporate Headquarters and the first LEED® Platinum office building in the entire Mid-Atlantic Region), and 1775 Tysons Boulevard (the first office building to achieve LEED® Platinum Certification in the Tysons market).

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About The Tower Companies

For three generations, the family-owned Tower Companies has maintained a commitment to responsible development and continues to envision a world where buildings inspire and enrich the lives of their occupants and create positive social change. The sustainable building leader owns, develops, and manages over 5 million square feet in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area consisting of office buildings, office parks, lifestyle centers, regional malls, eco-progressive live-work-play communities and hotels, with an additional 8 million square feet in the development pipeline. In 2004, The Tower Companies was the first, in the United States, to LEED® certified a multi-family community, and since then, 95% of commercial and multi-family residential properties are LEED® certified and 80% are ENERGY STAR® certified. In addition, Tower is committed to 100% renewable energy through on-site Solar PV and strategic procurement, and publically reports greenhouse gas emissions to The Climate Registry. Through a partnership with the Department of Energy, The Tower Companies has achieved over 20% energy and water reductions since 2010. The Tower Companies has been acknowledged as an international authority in the industry, and has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and energy independence by numerous national organizations and federal agencies, including US Green Building Council, US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Environmental Protection Agency and more.

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Media Contact:
Lisa B. Wood | 301.692.2396 |
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Leasing Contact:
Randolph C. Harrell | 202.585.5556 |

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