SANTA ANA, CA-The Laguna Hills-based Muller Co.'s82,042-square-foot Tustin Centre II office building has beencertified as LEED Gold, the first core and shell building toreceive LEED Gold, according to the Muller. The four-story class Abuilding at 1525 N. Tustin Ave., designed by Nadel Architects, isowned by an investment client of BlackRock Inc., and the Muller Co.is the developer and property manager.

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The new building, which opened in October 2009, will be 100%leased in November 2010 by Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC),a state-funded nonprofit organization that provideslife-long services and support for individuals withdevelopmental disabilities and their families. The lease with RCOCwas one of the largest signed in Orange County this year.

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Tustin Centre also includes a 10-story196,000-square-foot class A office building, which wasconstructed in 1991 and is Energy Star-pending. Thisbuilding serves as the headquarters of real estate brokerageand investor Grubb & Ellis Co. and a host of other tenants. Aninvestment client of BlackRock is the owner and the Muller Co. isthe property manager for this building too.

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According to Karen Winter, director of property management forMuller, the company will continue to apply its renovation andrehabbing expertise to the green-building market. “There's agrowing interest among clients—especially government tenants—tooccupy green buildings," Winter says.

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The Muller Co. incorporated numerous green design andconstruction features in the development of Tustin Centre II.Nearly 96% of all construction waste was recycled and diverted fromlandfills, equating to more than 1,774 tons of waste, which earneda LEED exemplary performance credit; more than 21% of the materialsused in construction contained recycled content.

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