"CareFirst considers Merritt Properties one of its' top landlords for many reasons, but primarily it is their flexibility and personal relationships that make them a pleasure to do business with. Merritt Properties holds themselves to the highest levels of excellence and trustworthiness that we find as important qualities in a landlord. They are innovative and responsive which provides value to CareFirst in solving the real estate challenges that we encounter in our market."
Donna Potter, Senior Director of Real Estate & Corporate Services
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
SCHILLING GREEN NAMED AREA’S FIRST LEED-CS PLATINUM PROJECT
BY THE U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
June 14, 2010 - Baltimore, MD - Schilling Green, a Class A office building at 230 Schilling Circle in Hunt Valley, has been certified LEED®-CS Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Developed by Merritt Properties, it is the first speculative LEED Core and Shell project in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area to be certified Platinum.
Merritt redeveloped Schilling Green in 2008 with the goal of transforming a subpar office building into a showcase for adaptive reuse. With resource conservation in mind, the company salvaged 50% of the existing structure and diverted more than 75% of all demolition and construction waste. The completed building’s sustainable elements include:
• Insulation, glass, boiler package and high performance lighting that reduces the building’s energy consumption by at least 13%
• Water-efficient restroom fixtures and self-metering faucets that reduce water demand by approximately 40%
• Seventy percent of the building’s core energy is purchased from renewable energy sources
• Carbon dioxide monitoring system enhances indoor air quality
• Low- to no VOC materials specified throughout reduce the possibility of indoor air pollutants
• Preferred parking for hybrid vehicles
• Green housekeeping
In addition to the LEED-CS Platinum certification, Schilling Green received the 2009 NAIOP Awards for Best LEED Office and Best Rehab Office, the 2008 Award of Excellence for Renovation/LEED Certified Construction from the Associated Builders & Contractors, and the 2009 Green Core & Shell Project of the Year from USGBC-MD.
Schilling Green’s newest tenant, the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland, will relocate its headquarters to the building in July joining current tenants Atradius Trade Credit, General Electric Capital, Grotech Ventures, and Vision Technology Services.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contributed to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
As an established market leader with more than 40 years of experience and success, Merritt Properties has an unmatched reputation for our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve. With 16 million square feet in more than 70 locations, Merritt owns and manages the largest privately held commercial real estate portfolio in the Baltimore/Washington region. For more information about Merritt Properties: merrittproperties.com, twitter.com/merrittprop, facebook.com/MerrittProperties.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013.
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