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Nadel-designed building gets LEED Core Shell Gold rating

It’s the first Southern California development to garner the new designation.

BY BRANDON RUSSELLPublished: April 05, 2011 09:11 AM

Photo courtesy of Nadel Architects
A Santa Ana office building designed by Nadel Architects has garnered the distinction of being the first LEED Core Shell Gold office building in Southern California.

Owned by Laguna Hills-based The Muller Co. and New York-based BlackRock Realty, the $13 million, 80,000-square-foot Tustin Centre Office Building is 100 percent leased and boasts a number of sustainable features, such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems that are 14 percent more efficient than code minimums.

Core Shell is a newer segment of the LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – designation that demonstrates how innovative architecture can lead to no major cost increment to the developer.

“We are extremely proud to have created this type of landmark property that is the first of many to come,” said Nadel Architects Founder and President Herb Nadel. “This LEED Core Shell Gold designation reflects a significant sign of the times, not only architecturally, but from an overall business and development standpoint. Our company is excited to be at the forefront of such an important movement.”

Other sustainable features include a more efficient irrigation system that results in a 73 percent reduction of water consumption; low-flow fixtures and waterless urinals that save 250,000 gallons of water annually; bike racks, lockers and showers to encourage non-auto commuting; and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide as much as 95 percent of its occupants access to exterior light, including interior offices.

The Tustin Centre Office Building meshes with an existing 10-story office building tower, a seven-level parking structure and a more recently built LA Fitness center.

“As a result of the recession, there are very few new ground-up office building developments in Southern California these days,” said Nadel Executive Vice President David Jacobson. “This particular development proves that in a competitive marketplace, developers are capable of delivering a value-conscious LEED Gold certified building at a reasonable cost and then occupying it with tenants who want to invest in a sustainable future.”

Nadel has completed more than 600 office buildings, 80,000 residential units, and a number of hotels, resorts and educational institutions. Nadel is headquartered in L.A. but has a local office in Costa Mesa, as well as locations in San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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