Duke Realty-Developed Georgia MOB Attains LEED Certification

WOODSTOCK, Ga., and INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Duke Realty has turned a real estate project that was a victim of the recession into a sustainable success.

The United States Green Building Council recently announced that the Northside-Cherokee Towne Lake medical office building in Woodstock, Georgia has achieved LEED certification. The four-story, 100,797-square-foot MOB, which opened in June 2013, was developed and is owned by Indianapolis, Indiana-based Duke Realty.

“LEED certification identifies Duke Realty’s Northside-Cherokee Towne Lake medical office building as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry,” USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chairman S. Richard Fedrizzi said in a letter announcing the certification.

The development team brainstormed several sustainable solutions for the 8.23-acre property. Prior to demolition, thousands of dollars in building materials were salvaged from the existing structures and donated to local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and MUST Ministries. The local fire department was invited to use the abandoned buildings for rescue training, and commented that it had never before had the opportunity to train under such realistic conditions. Under Duke Realty’s direction, the contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, recycled more than 90 percent of the remaining demolished building materials, diverting them from local landfills. And the design team, including Duke Realty and architects Lyman Davidson Dooley Inc., was able to seamlessly integrate existing site elements such as rubble retaining walls, a large retention water feature and surface parking lots into the final design of the project.

“The Northside-Cherokee Towne Lake project is a success on many levels,” says Jeremy Fortier, Duke Realty senior healthcare manager. “Abandoned and unoccupied buildings in an affluent community were transformed into a readily accessible, thriving medical facility generating hundreds of jobs, as well as providing new cutting-edge medical services to area residents.”

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Posted May 29, 2014

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