LEED O+M: Existing Buildings v3 - LEED 2009
Park Central 7
LEED Gold 2011
In order to improve tenant well being at Park Central 7, we focused on improving environmental quality as well as tenant expectations.
Built in 1982 with 14 floors and over 600 full-time employees, Park Central 7 has 365,868 sf2 of rentable Class A Office space. Located on a 4.5 acre development site in suburban Dallas Texas, this building is interconnected to Park Central 8 and 9 by a glass atrium. While the majority of the Park Central 7 is office space, this mixed-use property includes cafes, a sundry shop, car repair services, and a fitness center with secured bike racks and changing rooms. Tenants also have access to a quiet and relaxing shade garden with free Wi-Fi and a putting green located in the Park Central courtyard. The property is located in an area with residences, retail shops, a hotel, Anderson Bonner Park, and mass transit.
Parmenter Realty Partners (PRP) purchased Park Central 7 in 2006 with plans to modify and upgrade building features, systems, and operations. Most of the system upgrades and modifications were completed prior to the LEED-EB certification. . The LEED application helped demonstrate PRP’s process of improving the property and their long-standing commitment to sustainability. The goals of this project focused on the triple bottom line:
- Decreasing energy use and environmental impacts from building operations
- Creating a healthy, enjoyable work environment for building tenants
- Increasing property value at the same time.
Park Central 7 achieved LEED Gold certification in May of 2011 with an Energy Star score of 87. At the time of certification the property was the highest LEED-EB rated building in Dallas. The building was also awarded the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International TOBY (the outstanding building of the year) award for renovated buildings, and has since earned the BOMA 360 designation. As a result of our LEED efforts, the year following certification, Park Central 7 decreased energy use by 3.3% compared to the previous year. This resulted in a $20,800 reduction in energy costs. During this same time period the Energy Score climbed from 87 to 92.