TEMPE, AZ — The Papago Gateway Center, a mixed-use office and laboratory facility built by Okland Construction Company Inc. in 2008, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, according to East Valley Living.
A unique aspect of the building is the automated, operable, sun-tracking louvers that wrap the southern side and portions of the east and west facades to provide shade and reduce cooling costs, the story stated.
Lee Chesnut, chief executive officer (CEO) of Chesnut Properties LLC, said: "We are proud to be able to say Papago Gateway Center is LEED-Gold certified. But, we are more proud of how this amazing, green, building actually operates in the real world. It’s not the certificate we wanted, it was the most efficient and cutting-edge building that we wanted — a new type of building that would break through the barrier of ordinary building operation and management into a new, healthier, less costly and demanding building in our living environment."
Depending on the time of day and the amount of sunlight striking the building, the structure appears different due to the sun-tracking and shade-providing louvers, the story noted.
Chesnut Properties LLC has committed to purchasing 100 percent green power for the life of the facility in addition to implementing a green cleaning program with tenant incentives honoring elevated levels of commitment to eco-building during tenant improvements, the story added.
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