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BALTIMORE-Duke Realty Corp. has won what it says is the first industrial LEED certification in the state of Maryland, for its Chesapeake Commerce Center here. The cost of certifying the former brownfield site added about 2% to the development costs, John Macsherry, vice president of leasing and development for Duke’s Baltimore office, tells GlobeSt.com. He declined to say what those project costs were.

Duke delivered the 117,600-square-foot building, located at 5901 Holabird Blvd., in March 2008, Macsherry says. Since then they have become fully leased. Duke pursued LEED certification not necessarily to meet demand for green industrial space–although there is demand for it, he says–but to meet the company’s internal goals of greening its own portfolio. It is something Duke wants to achieve with all of its real estate holdings–especially here in Baltimore.” Applying sustainable concepts to this site was particularly important because it was a brownfield site, he adds. “We were able to reuse a lot of the concrete in the redevelopment.”

Tenants include Johns Hopkins Home Care Group and Agility Project Logistics, each leasing 58,800 square feet. Duke plans to submit sustainable plans for future developments in the park, which was a former 3.2 million-square-foot automotive plant.

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