TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2014) – The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Tampa Bay has recognized Colliers International Tampa Bay’s Real Estate Management Division for the significant impact it has had on the energy efficiency of Park Tower, reducing the annual energy bill by over $900,000.
The building, which is managed by Colliers International, received The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) 2014 Earth Award. Park Tower is a 36-story, 472,462-square-foot downtown Tampa Class B office building with 50 tenants.
“As more companies embrace green building and environmentally respectful operations, our team is working to help clients develop an awareness of new environmental policies,” said John K. Scott, Senior Executive Managing Director of Florida for Colliers International’s Real Estate Management Division. “Backed by our team of LEED-accredited professionals, our goal is to deliver energy-efficient buildings in our office, retail, industrial and medical tenancies.”
To achieve this goal at Park Tower, Colliers International Tampa Bay has overseen significant improvements to the building, including:
· replacement of the building’s 34-year-old chiller with a new high-efficiency unit;
· installation of variable frequency drives on all motors and air handlers;
· installation of high-efficiency light bulbs throughout the building;
· use of motion sensors in restrooms and vacant tenant spaces;
· improvements to insulation;
· and use of LEED-certified building materials during renovations.
“When we started this journey in 2007, Park Tower’s monthly electric bill was over $160,000,” said Mary Ayo, Senior Property Manager for Colliers International Tampa Bay’s Real Estate Management Division. “In 2014, during that same month, the bill was approximately $86,000, which amounts to approximately a $913,000 savings annually. These numbers speak for themselves in terms of the improvements that our team has made at Park Tower.”
Today, Park Tower is LEED© Gold certified, with an Energy Star Rating of 97. It has also been named a BOMA 360 Performance Building, which recognizes buildings for operational and management excellence in commercial properties.
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