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Unico redevelops 1738 Pearl Street, earns LEED Platinum Core & Shell

The 1738 Pearl St. building achieved LEED Platinum certification for Core & Shell.

Unico Properties LLC’s redevelopment of 1738 Pearl St. is coming up platinum.

The 41,000-square-foot mixed-use office and retail building at 1738 Pearl St. in Boulder was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification for Core and Shell. With the certification, 1738 Pearl St. is Boulder’s first privately owned LEED Platinum building and it is 26 percent more energy efficient than a standard building for its same size, type and location.

As part of the redevelopment of the building, Unico delivered the property 100 percent leased.

“Seventeen-thirty-eight Pearl shows that forward-thinking buildings attract forward-thinking tenants. We are very appreciative to all of our tenants at 1738, both existing and new, for seeing the vision for the project and working with us through the construction process.  The fact that we were able to deliver the building fully leased is a testament to the economic strength of Boulder as well as the commitment of our partners,” said Austin Kane, vice president and regional director of Unico Properties’ Colorado portfolio.

“It’s an honor to deliver Boulder’s first privately owned LEED Platinum building. We’re thrilled to take a leadership position in Boulder by incorporating energy-efficient design and technology into this innovative new development, in a cost-effective manner,” said Adam Knoff, Unico Properties senior sustainability manager. “As an owner with a commitment to sustainable building design and operations, we made numerous investments in the property to enable us to be the first to achieve this LEED Platinum milestone in Boulder.”

Highlights of the certification of 1738 include: Boulder’s first installation of electrochromic windows that reduce the need for shades, reduce solar heat gain, increase energy savings, and maintain views and connection to the environment for tenants; Boulder’s first installation of a SolarWall, a solar transpired air collector that preheats outside air and provides solar heat in the winter, making use of Colorado’s sunny days while reducing energy use and decreasing tenant utility bills; a 41 percent water savings by using low-flow plumbing fixtures; use of 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting; real-time energy tracking capability; extensive use of recycled and regional building materials; energy-efficient mechanical equipment; native, drought-resistant landscaping; and a 100 percent offset of building-related carbon emissions through the purchase of renewable energy credits.

Unico Sustainability, a division of Unico Properties, provided LEED consulting services for the project. Unico serves as the majority owner and property manager of 1738 Pearl as part of its majority ownership of Pearl Street Properties, a 356,000-sf, 15-building, mixed-use portfolio in Boulder with retail at the ground floor and office above.

Unico has earned LEED certification for 14 million sf of properties throughout its portfolio, which includes 1.4 million sf in Boulder and more than 2 million sf in Denver.

Featured in CREJ’s Feb. 17-March 1, issue