December 3, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — USAA Real Estate Company is pleased to announce that the Colonnade Centre, a multi-tenant, class A, office building located in San Antonio, Texas has earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EBOM) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) at the GOLD level.
“This accomplishment is not just a culmination of the efforts of everyone on the team, but it also reflects the unified efforts of all tenants at the Colonnade Centre. Management would like to extend its appreciation to the following tenants: Bituminous Casualty Corporation, Catlin, City of San Antonio – Councilman Reed Williams, Conceptual MindWorks Inc., EMC Corporation, Environmental Chemical Corporation (ECC), Fiserv, GModelo, J2 Engineering, MEP Engineering, Marsh USA, Inc., MasterCard International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, First Fidelity, USAA Real Estate Company, and Union Standard Insurance. Without their participation, achieving LEED EBOM GOLD would simply not have been possible. Achieving LEED EBOM certification coupled with our Energy Star Label and other associated improvements represents our efforts to drive the business case for efficiency and sustainability,” says Pat Duncan, Chairman and CEO of USAA Real Estate Company. “We continually strive to improve the financial and environmental performance of our real estate portfolio and in so doing, drive improved comfort, lower operating costs and provide a healthier environment and community for our tenants.”
The onsite Property Management team, Cindy Casey (Director of Property and Facilities Management – USAA Real Estate Company) and Armando Salazar (ABM Engineering), utilized the expertise of Jenni Porter (Envision Realty Services) and USAA Real Estate Company’s sustainability platform which allowed them to achieve the goals of reducing carbon emissions, promoting tenant satisfaction and awareness, and lowering operating costs while enhancing property value.
USAA Real Estate Company’s commitment to improving the efficiency and comfort of the portfolio is evidenced by the achievement of LEED EBOM GOLD at the Colonnade Centre, as well as being named Energy Star Partner of the Year (eight times) and partnership with USGBC in the development of the LEED Portfolio Program.
USAA Real Estate Company has over $6 billion of owned assets and provides co-investment and acquisition opportunities for corporate and institutional investors as well as capital to developers around the country. The USAA Real Estate Company portfolio consists of office, industrial, retail, multi-family and hotel properties. USAA Real Estate is a subsidiary of USAA, which has been serving military families since 1922 and become one of America’s leading financial services companies. For more information, please visit the website at www.usrealco.com.