St. John Properties has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the 100th building in its national portfolio. The most recent building to achieve this certification at the Gold level is 5061 Howerton Way, a single-story building in Melford Town Center, in Bowie, which comprises 34,560 square feet of flex/R&D space.
Since initiating its sustainability program in 2009, St. John has developed approximately six million square feet of LEED certified space and has been ranked within the top five LEED developers nationwide by the U.S. Green Building Council.
“St. John Properties is a leading green developer in one of the top green building markets in the world,” stated Ryan Snow, Regional Director, U.S. Market Transformation & Development for the USGBC. “They have certified more commercial LEED projects in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. than any other organization in the last five years. The scale of their impact is remarkable. Their leadership is a signal to the market of what is possible, practical, and profitable as a business strategy.”
In addition, St. John plans to roll out a scalable solar program impacting all newly designed buildings. It will complement the company’s existing suite of green initiatives, which include installing electric vehicle charging stations or underground conduits at all newly constructed flex and multi-story office buildings across the portfolio.
The company also launched a program to upgrade lighting in existing buildings to LED fixtures, and uses building materials and asset management practices that conserve natural resources, save energy and reduce operating costs.