Rowley Properties wins ‘gold’ for being ‘green’

The John L. Scott Building was recently awarded the LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the system USGBC uses as a rating system for designing and constructing green, energy efficient buildings.

The John L. Scott Building was recently awarded the LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the system USGBC uses as a rating system for designing and constructing green, energy efficient buildings.

Rowley Properties COO Kari Magill was informed of the honor, which was Rowley Properties first LEED award.

The John L. Scott Building was designed by Group Mackenzie to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return.

“Rowley Properties, Inc. is to be congratulated for achieving LEED Certification,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The certification of gold sends a message that Rowley Properties cares about the health of the building’s users and employees. Everyone’s comfort, safety and well-being will benefit from the fresh air and natural day light.”

The John L. Scott Building is also the City of Issaquah’s first LEED Gold certified building.

Developed specifically for anchor tenant John L. Scott, this 3 story, 28,800-square-foot class A commercial building features retail space on the ground floor and covered parking. Strategically located within walking distance of the Issaquah Transit Center, it promotes alternative transportation.

Most of the construction materials were purchased within 300 miles of the site — minimizing material transportation distances and road congestion while utilizing local vendors where feasible. The parking lot is made from pervious concrete which allows rain water to pass right through the pavement facilitating the natural infiltration of storm water. The lighter color of the concrete pavement and roof membrane reduce the amount of absorbed heat and provides a cooler environment for the building which reduces the load on the cooling systems. Nearly 90 percent of the construction waste was recycled.

Today, the John L. Scott Building is 75 percent occupancy, providing sustainable office space to three businesses. Anchor Tenant John L. Scott and Countrywide Home Loans which occupy almost two-thirds’ of the building’s rentable space, have embraced the green building and its recycling methods.

Rowley Properties offers tours of the property to educate the community and encourage other business owners and builders to embrace “green” simply because it is the right thing to do. If you are interested in a tour of the John L. Scott Building, contact Bob Snyder at 425-392-6407.

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