IRVINE, CA-The 266,605-sf 2211 Michelson building, a joint venture development of Hines and Crescent Real Estate Equities, has earned a LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council, according to the developers. The 12-story tower is the first building in California and on the West Coast to be certified for Silver status in the core and shell development program, the developers point out.

The 2211 Michelson building is in the Irvine Business Complex, two blocks east of John Wayne Airport. Among the green design features qualifying the building for its Silver LEED-CS certification are its wastewater and water conservation technologies, reduction in the use of electricity through efficient lighting and HVAC systems, low-emitting materials, 60% more glass than conventional office buildings to provide maximum daylight within the building, extensive gardens with 50 new trees and landscaped outdoor work spaces.

Designed by architect Paul Danna, a principal of DMJM Design, the building is anchored by Wachovia Bank and is 55% leased to a roster of national and international tenants. Its first dozen tenants include financial, investment, real estate, law and technology firms.

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