Cushman & Wakefield and MetLife Real Estate Secured LEED Status for the Office Park’s Atrium Buildings at 6100, 6303 and 6505 Blue Lagoon Drive
MIAMI, FL, March 3, 2017 — Cushman & Wakefield announced today that it has assisted MetLife Real Estate in securing the U.S. Green Building Councils’ (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation for three Class A office buildings owned by the Atlanta-based investor in the Waterford at Blue Lagoon office park.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Asset Services team of Senior Property Manager Peter Romero; Assistant Property Manager Danny Wong; Administrative Assistant Jacky Hernandez; Property Accountant Maria Meyer; and Engineers Rafael Lopez, Carlos Padilla and Javier Castro collaborated with MetLife Real Estate in procuring the designations for the Miami office park’s Atrium buildings at 6100, 6303 and 6505 Blue Lagoon Drive.
6505 Waterford, a 166,996-square-foot asset developed in 1996, earned the prestigious LEED Gold v4 Operations and Maintenance: Existing Building designation. 6100 Waterford, a 162,878-square-foot building built in 1991, earned the LEED Silver v4 Operations and Maintenance: Existing Building designation, as did 6303 Waterford, a 165,996-square-foot building developed in 1993.
The LEED rating system is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. More than 79,600 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 15.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 161 countries and territories.
MetLife Real Estate’s Atrium buildings earned the LEED v4 designation, representing the newest, most rigorous and innovative version of the LEED program offered by the USGBC. It aims to integrate systems in order to ensure optimal standards in human health and environmental sustainability.
The buildings earned the designations after MetLife Real Estate’s five-year, $3.5 million capital improvement campaign, which included restroom renovations, new marble lobby floors, ENERGY STAR-rated roof replacements, new LED light fixtures in the atriums and the parking garage, resurfacing of the parking garage deck and a new state-of-the-art fitness center.
“A LEED designation is a tremendous differentiator for landlords looking to drive asset performance,” said Tim Rivers, Senior Managing Director of Asset Services for Cushman & Wakefield in Florida. “The efficiency gains are just the tip of the iceberg. The modern tenant is very discriminating. They trust the LEED brand and find great value in the building attributes the USGBC is trying to nurture.”
“MetLife Real Estate’s capital projects have helped the Atrium buildings further solidify their ability to compete with the newer Class A buildings in the office park,” added Gale.
Situated in one of South Florida’s most prestigious office parks, the highly-decorated Atrium buildings have won numerous local, regional and national awards, including 20 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Outstanding Building of the Year awards. Notable tenants in the buildings include Loreal Retail Americas, The Art of Shaving, Zimmer Biomet, Regus, Johnson & Johnson, Discovery Channel Latin America, Oracle and Club Med.
The buildings feature garage parking, restaurants, dry cleaners, indoor and outdoor seating, lake views, day care facilities and on-site property management and leasing representatives. The buildings are situated in a Class A corporate office setting, offering exceptional access to Miami International Airport, major highways, downtown Miami, Coral Gables and Miami’s bedroom communities.
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Our 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries help investors and occupiers optimize the value of their real estate by combining our global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.
About MetLife Real Estate
MetLife Real Estate is a global leader in real estate investments. We have been involved in the real estate business since 1878 as a mortgage lender, developer and owner. MetLife Real Estate’s Real Estate Group manages a portfolio of almost $69 billion* invested in real estate products including commercial mortgages and equities and is backed by the resources of MetLife Real Estate, a leading provider of insurance and other financial services.
Includes MetLife general account assets and assets managed on behalf of external clients as of 9/30/16.