The international association buildingSMART has extensively tested and recertified the building information modeling (BIM) solution Nemetschek Allplan with respect to the industry foundation classes (IFC) export—and recognizes the company’s support of the open BIM process. Allplan is one of four products in the architecture, engineer and construction market, which received this award at the international buildingSMART meeting in Waltham, Mass., on March 12.

buildingSmart is an international, cross-industry alliance dedicated to improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the design, construction and facilities management industries, with an emphasis on information sharing and BIM. It has developed the open IFC standard, also known as the buildingSMART Data Model.

In 2010, buildingSMART relaunched its certification scheme, introducing a clear distinction between import and export functions and improving quality checks. The scheme uses a web application, the Global Testing and Documentation Server, which provides automated online testing of IFC files, tools for documentation of manual tests and is a place where candidates for certification can run tests to ascertain compliance. The database of GTDS stores all test results and provides test reports. Certification 2.0 by buildingSMART is open to all software developers who are members of buildingSMART.

MedProperties Group’s Lakeview Medical Campus Awarded Silver LEED Certification

MedProperties Group, a Midwestern medical office developer, recently opened its $21 million, three-story, 75,000-sq.-ft. multi-tenant medical office building, the Lakeview Medical Campus, at 1333 West Belmont Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The project is over 70 percent leased by Northwestern Memorial Hospital under a long-term lease.

Lakeview Medical’s LEED Silver certification for core and shell construction is a rare achievement, as less than 1 percent of LEED-certified projects in the U.S. are healthcare facilities. Highlights of reducing the environmental impact of construction include: diverting over 95 percent of the construction waste from landfills; a green roof reducing storm water runoff; low flow and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water consumption; and the selection of high efficiency mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems which improve energy performance, conservation, and extend equipment life. The Lakeview Medical Campus project also demonstrated ownership’s commitment to sustainable principles and practices.

McPherson Building Awarded Regional TOBY, BOMA 360 Designation

Cassidy Turley announced that the McPherson Building, owned by Clarion Partners and located at 901 15th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C., has been awarded the Regional TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Award in the renovated building category by BOMA International. As a Regional TOBY Award winner, the property has advanced to compete in 14 categories for the highest honor of the BOMA International TOBY Award. The TOBY Regional Award was presented on March 22at the Middle Atlantic Regional Conference of BOMA in Baltimore. The International TOBY Award will be presented on June 25 at the Annual BOMA Convention in San Diego.

The building has also been designated as a BOMA 360 Performance Building through a program that validates and recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management. The program evaluates properties in six major areas: building operations and management; life safety/security/risk management; training and education of building personnel; energy management; environmental/sustainability performance; and tenant relations and community involvement.

Renovation of the McPherson Building began in 2007, with the expiration of a major tenant’s lease. Viewing this as an opportunity to reposition the building, the owner invested approximately $35 million in improvements and renovations, which were completed in the first quarter of 2011. Notable renovations and improvements include: build-out of all office tenant spaces from shell; renovation of lobby by opening space to second floor and adding a two-story glass entrance; creation of new façade by removing balconies, adding a glass curtain wall system and replacing the existing 11th and 12th-floor curtain wall system to create executive office and conference areas; creation of an additional 4,800 sq. ft. of rentable space by bringing a balcony area into the building envelope; renovation of common areas and restrooms; new elevator cab finishes; a new roof; replacement of the cooling tower and the addition of outside air fans; a new fitness center; new retail storefronts; a security system upgrade and renovation of parking entrance and elevator lobbies.

Malkin Properties’ MerrittView Attains Energy Star Status for Third Time

MerrittView, Malkin Properties’ trophy office building in Norwalk, Conn., has earned Energy Star designation for the third time. MerrittView is the second building in the Malkin Properties portfolio to earn Energy Star recognition this year. 500 Mamaroneck Avenue earned its third consecutive award in January.

Among Malkin Properties’ major sustainable initiative accomplishments so far are: more efficient energy usage; water use reduction; better indoor environmental quality; recycling of tenant waste and construction debris; use of green pest control and cleaning solutions; and use of recycled content carpeting and low/no off-gassing wall coverings and adhesives.

Transwestern Awarded 150,000-SF LEED Gold Medical Office Lease in Katy, Texas

Transwestern’sHouston headquarters has been awarded the leasing assignment for Katy Medical Plaza, a 150,000-sq.-ft., three-building medical office campus under construction in Katy, Texas. Construction on the first building is under way and is on schedule for a July 2013 delivery. The property has been certified LEED Gold.

The development is located at the corner of Kingsland Boulevard and Cobia Drive with easy access to both the Grand Parkway and Katy Freeway. The site for the medical complex was selected based on its proximity to five major hospital systems, as well as its position within one of the highest suburban growth areas in the country.

Renewable Energy Investment Firm’s Second Lease Renewal at Malkin Properties’ Ten Bank Street, White Plains, N.Y.

US Renewables Group LLC, a national investment firm focused exclusively on renewable energy industries, has extended its lease for the second time at Ten Bank Street in White Plains, N.Y., according to Malkin Properties, the marketing and managing agent for the building.

Based in Santa Monica, Calif., USRG maintains its Eastern regional offices at Ten Bank Street, occupying about 2,200 sq. ft. on the fifth floor. The tenant moved into the building in 2006 and signed its first renewal in 2010.

Founded in 2003, USRG manages over $750 million of capital invested in the renewable power, biofuels and renewable infrastructure sectors. The investments range from early-stage developments to acquisitions of operating assets. The firm typically takes controlling interests in its assets and can commit funds across the entire capital structure.

Solis Partners Completes 1.82 MW Solar Installation at N.J. Distribution Center

Solis Partners, a commercial solar developer, recently completed a 1.82 MW rooftop solar electric system at Freeze’s manufacturing and distribution facility in Dayton, N.J. The firm designed, engineered and constructed the solar PV system on the roof of the 320,000-sq.-ft. facility. The system operates under a full-service PPA allowing Freeze to receive all the benefits of onsite solar electric generation without any capital cost.

The solar array consists of 6,994 panels that will generate more than 2.1 million kilowatt hours of clean energy in the first year or about 80 percent of Freeze’s annual electricity needs. Over the life of the system, this will equate to the reduction of more than 35,000 metric tons of CO2 gas emissions roughly equivalent to the impact of taking 7,300 cars off the road.

Established in 1986, Freeze designs, sells, manufactures and distributes licensed and private label clothing to retail. With a New York City showroom, a state-of-the-art distribution facility in New Jersey and satellite offices overseas, Freeze is vertically geared to bring high-quality products to the marketplace quickly and sustainably at affordable prices.

300 Tower Parkway, Lincolnshire, Ill. Certified LEED Silver

Developer and manager Van Vlissingen and Co. announced that its office building at 300 Tower Parkway in Lincolnshire Corporate Center, Lincolnshire, Ill., has been awarded LEED Silver certification.

The five-story, 175,545-sq.-ft. class-A office headquarters building located in Lincolnshire, Ill. is currently being offered for lease with occupancy available in the third quarter of 2013.

Some of the sustainable and eco-friendly features of the building include a highly-efficient HVAC system, MERV 13 air filtration and regular air quality testing of the indoor environment, an innovative irrigation system utilizing storm water runoff, water efficient plumbing fixtures, T-8 lighting, comprehensive recycling programs and high-performance green cleaning programs. Also, environmentally-friendly landscaping and pest control policies have been implemented campus-wide.

Van Vlissingen and Co. develop and manage award-winning Illinois corporate parks in Southern Lake County, including: The Corporate Woods inVernon Hills, Lincolnshire Corporate Center and The Corporate Grove in Buffalo Grove.

EPA Names Top Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has listed the Top 25 metropolitan areas in the country with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in 2012. By the end of 2012, the more than 20,000 Energy Star-certified buildings in cities across America helped save over $2.7 billion in annual utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 2 million homes.

Los Angeles took first place for the fifth year in a row, with 528 Energy Star-certified buildings totaling 112.5 million sq. ft., which saved $134.8 million in annual energy costs and prevented emissions equal to 52,300 homes annual electric use. Los Angeles was followed by (2) Washington, D.C.; (3) Chicago; (4) New York; (5) Atlanta; (6) San Francisco; (7) Houston; (8) Dallas; (9) Phoenix; (10) Boston; (11) Philadelphia; (12) Denver; (13) Cincinnati; (14) Charlotte, N.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul; (15) San Diego; (16) San Jose; (17) Seattle; (18) Miami; (19) Detroit; (20) Sacramento; (21) Indianapolis; (22) Albuquerque; (23) Kansas City, Mo. and Portland, Ore.; (24) Riverside, Calif.; and, lastly, (25) Virginia Beach, Va. with 67 Energy Star-certified buildings totaling 6.4 million sq. ft., saving $4.1 million per year in energy costs and preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 3,700 homes’ annual electric usage.