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Raleigh’s Charter Square Office Tower Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Raleigh, NC (July 18, 2016) – Choate Construction Company announced Charter Square has recently been awarded LEED Platinum, ranking it one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable buildings in the nation. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), recognizes facilities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Charter Square is the first building in Raleigh to achieve platinum status in the Building Design and Construction Core and Shell category, and is a joint venture between Prudential Real Estate Investors and Raleigh-based developer Dominion Realty Partners.

“Charter Square’s LEED Platinum certification is a result of a comprehensive team effort and a collective commitment to sustainable construction on the part of the owner, developer, designers, consultants, and Choate Construction’s project team. We are incredibly pleased to have taken part in delivering a sustainable and energy efficient building that will benefit our client and community for years to come,” Dave Knudson, Vice President and Division Manager of Choate’s Raleigh office, said of the achievement.

Energy efficiency and striking design combine to provide Raleigh with 260,292 SF of premium Class A office, retail, and restaurant space. Designed by JDavis Architects and constructed by Choate, Charter Square consists of three connected buildings including an 11-story tower, two-story retail building, and one-story service area. Regionally-sourced glazed curtainwall system, stone, metal panels, and brick masonry create the exterior of this impressive building.

“Charter Square’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Charter Square serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

Extensive design concepts and construction measures were implemented to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Notable accomplishments include:

• Brownfield redevelopment
• 42% reduction in potable water use
• 35% procurement of electricity over a two year period to be used as green power
• 22% regionally-procured materials
• 79% certified wood
• 92% daylight and views through regularly occupied areas