701 Brickell Avenue, a 33-floor office building in the Brickell Financial District, has earned its Gold level re-certification for “LEED 2009 Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance”.
701 Brickell was originally built in 1986, and is currently owned by TIAA–CREF. It contains 677,677 rentable square feet of Class A office space. The lobby soars 38-feet with floor-to-ceiling windows; and the building includes electric vehicle car charging stations, a 10,000 square foot, tenant-only fitness center, a cafe, convenience store, hair salon, a full service car wash, shoe shine service, dry cleaners, and a flower shop.
The LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system is a tool for greening existing buildings, and identifies and rewards best practices and measures environmental achievement. LEED also provides an outline for how buildings can use less energy, water and fewer natural resources; improve the indoor environment; and uncover operating inefficiencies.Ashley Katz, communications coordinator for the U.S. Green Building Council
According to TLC Engineering Solutions, the firm hired to assist with 701 Brickell’s 2013 re-certification:
The 25-year-old Miami high-rise had a history of operational excellence, consistently reaching ENERGY STAR goals; the building was one of the few in ASHRAE Zone 1 with insulated glass and the water-cooled chilled water system already contributed to significant energy savings. Goals for enhancing the building and becoming LEED certified included reduced operating costs, improved marketability and a desirable indoor environmental quality for tenants.
701 Brickell was originally certified “LEED EB O&M v2009 Gold” in 2010, re-certified in 2013, and now again on October 31, 2018. 701 Brickell was also awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Best of Building Award, Best LEED O+M” in 2014.