NEW JERSEY—The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) has awarded Avidan Management, an owner and manager of industrial and commercial real estate, a Building Energy Reduction Award.

Avidan was recognized for its 4.26-megawatt solar power installation and other energy efficiency upgrades it completed last year at 145 Talmadge Road, the firm's 656,255-sq.-ft. warehouse and office complex in Edison.

Completed in April 2011, the solar project consists of 17,745 panels and was the largest rooftop-mounted installation in the country at the time. To date, the installation has produced nearly six million kilowatt hours, which provides energy to service half of the power needs of the building's multiple tenants.

The total cost of the installation was roughly $22 million, and approximately 120 jobs were created during the construction process.

Avidan further enhanced the sustainability of 145 Talmadge Road by completing a comprehensive retrofit of the building to maximize the facility's overall energy efficiency.

Partnering with Haglid Engineering & Associates, Inc., Avidan took part in Pay For Performance, a comprehensive energy efficiency program administered by New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program that provides incentives towards whole-building energy improvements. Haglid developed an energy reduction plan for 145 Talmadge Road, identifying performance goals that would help the building achieve substantial energy savings.