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2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard Wins 2009 Peerless Rockville Preservation Award

ROCKVILLE, Maryland, April 15, 2009 - 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (TowerOaks.com), a co-development of The Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises, located along the I-270 Technology Corridor in Rockville, MD, has been named winner of the 2009 Peerless Rockville Preservation Award for “Green” Design and Construction. On May 9th, Rockville Mayor Susan R. Hoffman will tour the building with 50 Peerless Rockville members from 9:30 until 12:30 p.m.  The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 11 at
7:30 p.m. in the Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville.

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, the 200,000 square foot, nine-story, building of the future, combines the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) “Designed to Meet LEED Platinum” criteria with the world’s largest application of Fortune-Creating(sm) architecture and making it the healthiest building ever built. The building has already achieved Platinum point status but the developers are still waiting for USGBC ruling on clarification of a few additional points.

Kishimoto, Gordon, Dalaya, PC (KGD) (KGDArchitecture.com), designed the structure in consultation with architect Jon Lipman with Fortune-Creating(sm) Buildings, which is built on the Vedic principals of orientation, placement and proportion, that determines how the building relates to the body, mind and the environment to improve the occupant’s health, enhance job performance and success.

The building’s green efficiencies are “Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR” and reduce energy consumption by 28%, water consumption by 41%; the HVAC system is 39% more efficient than for typical offices; a four-stage air filtration system circulates 25% more outside air than required by code, turns over every 51 minutes, controls odors and removes over 90% of airborne contaminants before it reaches tenants. Furthermore, 90% of occupants have outside views, 74% have natural daylight, CO2 monitoring increases fresh air when necessary and there is “night sky” protection; no light pollution leaves the site; electromagnetic field (EMF) shielding. Eighty percent (80%) of all electric equipment is Energy Star-rated, 22% of the materials were manufactured within a 500-mile radius; 85% of the construction waste was recycled. Over 17,000 drought resistant plantings of trees, ornamental grasses and bulbs compliment the buildings’ landscape in the park-like setting.

The exquisite office building features a 30-foot lit onyx wall in the lobby, luxurious restrooms, 2,500 square foot fitness facility, including lockers, showers and Pilates exercise room, and an on-site café which sells organic and healthy fare.

Over 800 people—including public officials, business/civic organizations, schools and media—have toured 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard because it is the first building to go beyond green to increase workforce success and business growth.

ABOUT THE PEERLESS ROCKVILLE AWARDS:

The Peerless Rockville Awards Program honors individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses whose projects, activities, or programs contribute to the City of Rockville’s architectural character and/or cultural heritage. For more information, visit PeerlessRockville.org.

ABOUT THE TOWER COMPANIES:

The Tower Companies, founded by Albert Abramson in 1947, are the largest Green Builders in our Nation’s Capital, one of only 13-US Environmental Protection Agency-certified carbon neutral companies in the US and they developed, Blair Towns, the first US Green Building Council LEED-certified apartment complex in the country. Their portfolio, which is 100% wind-powered, includes 4.5 million square feet of office buildings, office parks, 1,400 apartments, regional malls, residential communities, lifestyle centers, and hotels within the DC area. Of this total, one million square feet are Green or sustainable projects, and another 2.5 million square feet are in the planning stages; 1050 K Street is LEED Gold and The Millennium Building is LEED EB certified. The Tower Building is registered for LEED EB certification. Tower is a member of EPA’s Climate Leaders and Energy Star programs. They are winners of 2008 USGBC of the National Capital Area, Member Firm of the Year, 2008 Washington Business Journal Green Company of the Year, 2008 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Free Enterprise Award, 2008 Washingtonian Magazine Corporate Green Award and DC Chamber of Commerce Corporation of the Year.  For more information, visit TowerCompanies.com.

ABOUT LERNER:

Lerner Enterprises of Rockville, Maryland, founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, is Washington, DC's largest private real estate developer and is involved in all phases of office, retail, hotel and residential real estate including planning, development, construction, leasing and property management.  Lerner has developed, and currently manages more than 15 million square feet of office buildings, retail centers and residential communities.  Lerner's office portfolio has several well-known developments including: The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA; White Flint North, North Bethesda, MD; Washington Square at 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW and 20 M Street, SE in Washington, DC; Flint Hill Office Park, Fairfax, VA; 7799 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA; and 400 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA, among many others.