1515 Wynkoop Awarded LEED Platinum

Past properties managed by Cole and Taylor include 1515 Wynkoop, Denver. (Photo: Hines)

Denver, COHines and Invesco Real Estate recently announced that 1515 Wynkoop has earned Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating system for Existing Buildings.

Hines_1515-Wynkoop_DenverCompleted in 2009 and currently owned by a separate account pension fund client of Invesco Real Estate, 1515 Wynkoop is a premier eight-story 306,791 square-foot-office building located on the northwest corner of 15th and Wynkoop in the heart of Denver’s Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood. 1515 Wynkoop’s achievements include monthly landfill diversion of over 50 percent through recycling – including   e-recycling, cooking oil recycling, lamp and battery recycling, and supporting a home e-recycling program; partnering with general contractors to maximize trash diversion during tenant improvement construction; garage re-lamp project saving approximately 69,520 kWh each year; strong support for alternative commuting including electric vehicle charging stations and ample bike storage with locker rooms and showers resulting in 63 percent of building occupants utilizing alternative modes of transportation.

In addition to this sustainability milestone, 1515 Wynkoop has earned the ENERGY STAR label every year since 2010. With a current score of 95, the building ranks in the top five percent of U.S. office buildings in terms of energy efficiency. This translates to estimated annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 733 passenger vehicles from the road.

“We are extremely pleased to achieve LEED Platinum at 1515 Wynkoop,” stated Duncan Walker, Senior Director – Asset Management at Invesco Real Estate. “Invesco Real Estate takes sustainability very seriously and the LEED Platinum certification is a way for us to demonstrate this to our tenants, the local community and our clients.  We recognize and appreciate the hard work and tenacity shown by Hines in this accomplishment.”

“Hines has a long-standing commitment as an industry leader in sustainable and high-performance development and this elevation to Platinum status for 1515 Wynkoop represents that,” commented Liz Taylor, Vice President-Property Management.

Hines Senior Managing Director and Global Sustainability Officer Gary Holtzer, added, “Achieving LEED Platinum is a testament to the value of applying solid, proactive operating principles to create efficiencies, cost savings and long-term value. Continuous improvement by the on-site Hines staff was at the core of moving this building to Platinum.”

Designed by Hartman-Cox Architects, the exterior of 1515 Wynkoop is clad in brick and glass, in keeping with the historical tradition of its neighbouring structures. Maximizing natural light in tenant spaces, the building contains full-height windows and 9’4” finished ceiling heights, a first for Denver’s CBD. The building features a grand lobby entrance directly off Wynkoop; 26,000 square feet of retail space on the first level; more than 10,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space spread across various levels of the building; and 415 below-grade parking spaces.

Image courtesy of Hines

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