MINNEAPOLIS – August 4, 2016 – After a complete redesign and renovation of the former Neiman Marcus building, the new CenterPoint Energy building at 505 Nicollet Mall has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“CenterPoint Energy is proud to have attained LEED Silver certification for our new building; it’s exciting that our environmentally conscious plans for the facilities renovation and construction practices in Minnesota are being recognized as a success,” said Michael Jenson, facilities manager at CenterPoint Energy.
LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. It is the only global rating system that offers regional approaches to environmental and building issues while utilizing local resources. CenterPoint Energy was able to achieve a LEED Silver certification by:
- Recycling construction debris,
- Initiating green janitorial practices,
- Updating the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls,
- Installing energy saving LED lighting and controls,
- Building facilities and accommodations for employees who bicycle to work including showers,
- Re-glazing the building exterior, and
- Designing the interior to allow for the utmost natural sunlight to enter the building.
“Along with designing the building to meet strict energy efficiency standards, we recycled approximately 75 percent of the more than 305 tons of materials left in the building,” Jenson added.
The four-story building accommodates more than 300 employees and was renovated by the Minneapolis-based general contractor RJM Construction
in collaboration with project architects HGA
and CenterPoint Energy facilities management.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.