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ATLANTA-Atlantic Station, a 138-acre, $2-billion mixed-use redevelopment in Midtown previously honored by various national groups for its redevelopment of a once-contaminated brownfield, today has added another citation to its mantle of awards.

The Washington, DC-based US Green Building Council has awarded its Silver Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design to the $75-million, 500,000-sf 171-71st Street Building, Atlantic Station’s first constructed office property. The 12-year-old, 5,400-member, 67-chapter council has designated only 82 buildings nationally as LEED-certified since its inception in 1993.

“While originally attracted to this site to clean up an urban brownfield, our partnerships have allowed us to learn a great deal and take the mixed-use development to the next level of sustainable design and construction,” says Jim Jacoby, chairman of locally based Jacoby Development Inc. Atlantic Station is being co-developed by Jacoby and New York-based AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp.

“While this award will be represented by a plaque that will be displayed in the building, it is really representative of the many years of work by a great deal of people. We look forward to this being the first of many opportunities to raise the bar in our goal toward environmental responsibility,” Jacoby adds.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, president, AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp., says “not only is environmentally focused design and construction core to our development approach in every community we work in, we believe it also enhances the overall live, work, play experience and is supportive of the bottom line.” Fitzpatrick adds, “Our goal is to build on this work in our global development projects and to encourage future tenants and developers to participate in sustainable building practices and energy conservation programs.”

To reach the LEED Silver level, Atlantic Station LLC worked closed with locally based Southface Energy Institute and the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. The Epstein Group of Atlanta was Atlantic Station’s LEED consultant to coordinate details of the certification.

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