Bank of America Tower Earns Nation’s 1st LEED V4 Platinum for Core and Shell

Bank of America Tower Earns Nation’s 1st LEED V4 Platinum for Core and Shell

July 25, 2019
Bank of America Tower Walter P Moore

Walter P Moore, Gensler, project team celebrated the building’s milestone designation at the LEED Platinum Evening, hosted by the USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Region

HOUSTON, TX — The recently named Bank of America Tower, formerly Capitol Tower, was just certified LEED® Version 4 (V4) Platinum for Core and Shell by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). V4 is the most stringent LEED version to date and Platinum is the highest level of green building certification offered by the USGBC. Bank of America Tower’s LEED V4 Platinum for Core and Shell designation is the first in the United States and the highest scoring in the world. Environmental features include daylight harvesting technology, a 40 percent parking reduction, tenant metering, alternative vehicle charging stations, and a rainwater collecting façade system.

Hosted by the USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Region, last night’s LEED Platinum Evening event honored three of Houston’s Platinum-scoring projects: 1500 Post Oak (LEED for Commercial Interiors), New Hope Housing (LEED for Homes Multifamily), and Bank of America Tower (LEED for Core and Shell). Local owners, developers, and architects discussed their insights from pursuing Platinum LEED Certification, followed by a tour of Bank of America Tower.

Bank of America Tower is a 35-story, 775,000-RSF AA class office building in downtown Houston. A key feature is the triple-height lobby / public indoor plaza that contains an expansive chef-driven food court, a social stair for gathering and watching live performances, and connects five existing below-grade tunnel connections from adjacent buildings. Atop the 1,360-car parking garage, a 12th-floor landscaped roof garden provides a convenient natural respite for tenants and features native plantings that help manage stormwater runoff.

Project Team: Skanska (Developer and General Contractor); Gensler (Architect); Walter P Moore (Structural, Civil, Parking, and Traffic Engineer); OJB (Landscape Architect)

About Walter P Moore / www.walterpmoore.com
Walter P Moore is an international company of engineers, innovators, and creative people who solve some of the world’s most complex structural and infrastructure challenges. Providing structural, diagnostics, civil, traffic, parking, transportation, enclosure, and construction engineering services, they design solutions that are cost- and resource-efficient, forward-thinking, and help support and shape communities worldwide. Founded in 1931 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Walter P Moore‘s 600+ professionals work across 20 U.S. offices and five international locations. Editor’s Note: There is no period after the ‘P’ in Walter P Moore.

About Gensler / www.gensler.com
Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.

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