EL SEGUNDO, CA-The Los Angeles Military Entrance ProcessingStation in El Segundo has received LEED Gold Certification from theUS Green Building Council, making it the first building in the cityto achieve LEED Gold Certification, according to a preparedstatement. The building totals 32,980 square feet and is 100%occupied by the US Department of Defense.

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Developed by Torrance, CA-based Mar Ventures, the building islocated at 1776 E. Grand Ave. The built-to-suit features generaloffice space, a state-of-the-art medical diagnosis and testingfacility, medical office and lab space, classrooms, food service,meeting and ceremony rooms.

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Mar Ventures used approximately 30% of reclaimed or recycledmaterials in the construction, which it completed in February/Marchof this year. In addition, other environmental and energy-savingfeatures include: low-flow toilets and faucets; light-pollutioncontrols; and energy efficient structures and heating/coolingsystems. According to a source close to Mar Ventures, the intentwas to receive Gold rating all along.

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“Mar Ventures was proud to be able to complete the first LEEDGold certified building in the city of El Segundo,” Lionel Uhry,director of acquisitions at Mar Ventures, tells GlobeSt.com.“Obtaining a Gold rating is a truly collaborative team effortbetween the developer, contractor, designers and the tenant.”

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The building is the largest of 65 MEPS facilities in the US andPuerto Rico. The two-story concrete tilt-up building featuresbrick, stucco and blue glass and is staffed with personnel from allmilitary services and is used to qualify applicants and shiprecruits for military and federal service during peacetime andmobilization.

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According to the Department of Defense, the Los Angeles MEPSprocesses an average of more than 170 men and women per day who goon to become soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guards, andnational guards in the US Armed Forces. The Department ofDefense relocated the former Los Angeles MEPS from a decades oldbuilding on Rodeo Road in Baldwin Village to El Segundo aftersigning a 15-year lease, according to the source close to MarVentures.

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