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Cosentino North America, a natural quartz surface manufacturer,supplier and installer, will be the first tenant in the building at16750 Creek Bend Dr., in the 190-acre Lake Pointe Town Centre.Cosentino will take 50,000 sf on two floors in the seven-floorbuilding for its regional headquarters, which is now located at13124 Trinity Dr. in Stafford, TX. Details about lease length andconsideration are still being hammered out, but word is Cosentinoeventually plans to take over the entire building. Until thathappens, the remaining space is being marketed for lease.

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Lake Pointe developer Midway Cos. of Houston sought LEEDpre-certification because Cosentino's parent, Prisma Properties LPof Spain, was adamant about going green. Acho Azuike, a Midwayassociate, points out that the building will be Cosentino's futureregional headquarters so "it was extremely important for the ownersto seek the LEED Platinum goal."

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Azuike adds that pre-certification makes it more likely thebuilding can obtain the LEED designation upon completion because itprovides guidelines before ground breaks on a project. Withoutpre-certification, he says "we could have gotten the buildingfinished, submitted it for certification and could have been toldwe missed a lot in the construction phase."

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Jonathan Brinsden, executive vice president and COO for Midway,says pre-certification isn't necessarily a "must" for alldevelopers who are thinking about applying for LEED certification.He explains pre-certification makes sense for owners and developerswith a set building requirement in hand.

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The Midway executives tell GlobeSt.com that development of apre-certified platinum LEED certification can push expenses 18% to20% above standard construction costs. However, the upside is manycosts can be mitigated through grants. Vendors and suppliers alsomight be willing to donate systems or materials like flooring tocladding to become part of the project.

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"There are not a lot of LEED Platinums out there, particularlyin office development," Azuike points out. "Being part of abuilding like this is a good opportunity for these companies."

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Houston-based Powers Brown Architecture designed the buildingand Hoar Construction of Birmingham, AL, is the general contractor.Bill Stone of Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc. is preleasingthe project.

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