FT. LAUDERDALE, FL-110 Tower moved one step closer to LEED Goldstatus this week. The class A office tower received the Energy Starrating for 2010, making it the only building in Ft. Lauderdale’sCentral Business District to earn the recognition.

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Genesis Capital Partners XI has invested more than $2 million tomake energy-efficient upgrades to the 391,473-square-foot towerthis year. The building is also in the midst of a $31 millioncapital improvement program, which includes lobby, office space,and exterior renovations.

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“The building is only about 60% occupied at this time. It’s veryimportant to a lot of tenants to have a very efficient building,”Ellen Rivera, a senior property manager at Transwestern, whichhandles leasing for 110 Tower, tells GlobeSt.com. “Our move towardenergy-efficiency will help us attract more tenants to thebuilding.”

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An Energy Star qualified facility meets strict energyperformance standards set by Environmental Protection Agency anduses less energy, is less expensive to operate, and causes fewergreenhouse gas emissions than non-Energy Star buildings. The toweris seeking LEED Gold certification.

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Rivera says ownership has replaced three cooling towers and 18of 26 air handling units. Ownership also installed energy-efficientlighting and an energy management system that allows maintenanceengineers to adjust the AC temperature floor-by-floor from acomputer. Rivera expects to win LEED certification within the nextfew months.

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“It’s not easy to get to LEED Gold,” Rivera says. “We need tomake sure tenants comply with recycling. Our vendors have to complywith requirements for cleaning supplies and pest control chemicals.We have to install eco-friendly carpet and paint during ourrenovations. It’s a lot of tracking.”

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Formerly the AutoNation building, 110 Tower is located directlyacross the street to the Broward County Courthouse at 110 Southeast6th Street. The second largest office building in Ft. Lauderdale’sCBD, the Tower is currently occupied by national and regionaltenants.

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