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Hines Receives LEED Platinum Certification for Remodel of Its Own Houston Office Space


Hines’ remodel of its own space in the iconic Williams Tower has received Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System. Hines has occupied levels 49 and 50 (among other floors) in Williams Tower for more than 30 years.

These two floors, originally designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, had never undergone any major modifications. Hines selected Houston-based Kirksey Architecture to design the renovation, chiefly because their vision included adaptive reuse of existing materials. Another major design component was the creation of a sweeping, new two-story lobby with a privileged view of downtown Houston in which 12 of Hines' 17 downtown projects are visible.

During the remodel, 42 percent of materials and 62 percent of the furniture used for the project were salvaged. Many materials were repurposed, including the marble that serves as countertops in each of the four new public restrooms. In excess of 750 cubic yards of construction waste material, or 96 percent, was diverted from landfill and recycled. The majority of the existing English Oak panels throughout the space were reused, refreshed and slightly modified to allow additional natural light into the floors.

Green features implemented during the project include the installation of efficient water fixtures, which reduce potable water usage by 40 percent, or more than 75,000 gallons per year. Also, lighting-power density was reduced by 39 percent over current code requirements and ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances were used to produce a reduction in rated power that will lowerCO2 emissions as much as taking five cars off the road.

Williams Tower is a 1.5 msf, 64-story office building that was developed by Hines in 1982 and has been managed by Hines since. Designed by Philip Johnson/John Burgee, the tower's familiar silhouette on the Houston sky recalls the art deco style. Clad in silver gray reflective glass and anodized aluminum, the sleek tower is accented by columns of bay windows of non-reflective glass and podium setbacks on two lower floors and four higher levels. Williams Tower is leased to a number of world-class companies, including: Citi, Hines, HOK, Rowan Companies, Van Kampen Investments, Wachovia, and Williams, among others.

Hines is one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world. In 2013 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the sixth time, with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. In addition, Hines has received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award three times. Hines manages 151 labeled buildings, representing more than 71 msf, in the ENERGY STAR program. Also, twelve Hines development or redevelopment projects, representing more than 6 msf, have been designated as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.

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