Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Destiny USA Celebrates Sustainability in a Large Way

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Destiny USA Celebrates Sustainability in a Large Way

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On February 6, 2015, Destiny USA celebrated its third anniversary as the largest LEED[c] Gold certified retail building in the world. With the Gore & Shell LEED[c] Certified expansion of the building totaling 1.6 million square feet, Destiny USA invested countless hours in developing new and existing sustainable initiatives, merging economic development with environmental sustainability/

Key sustainable design features of the Center include large scale brownfield redevelopment, a rainwater harvesting system (including fixtures) that is 78 percent more efficient than the average comparable shopping center, large scale use of bio-diesel during construction, materials embodying significant recycled content, and using socially responsible practices during material harvesting and close consideration and monitoring of the supply chain.

The Center itself was no small feat, but Destiny USA founders wanted to dive deeper into retail and sustainability. Encouraging the project team to continue efforts with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the teams collaborated creating an unprecedented impact of sustainability in the retail sector. The final result is that the Developer requires each retailer that opens within the new expansion to achieve LEED[c] certification as part of their lease. To aid in each tenant's endeavor, the project team participated in a pilot program being tested by the USGBC, and Destiny USA's expansion became the first retail project to participate in a LEED[c] Campus Project. The Campus Project pre-certifies a portion of prerequisites and credits that every tenant may utilize while pursuing in their own LEED[c] for Commercial Interiors certification. Upon finalizing the Campus Project, the USGBC awarded four preapproved prerequisites, and 27 preapproved credits. Additionally, Destiny USA offered the rainwater harvesting infrastructure on site for tenants to tie into for additional credit compliance. Ensuring tenant success, a support staff is maintained at Destiny USA to help tenants through their individual certification processes.

DESTINY USA'S LEED[c] TENANT EXPERIENCES

P.F. CHANG'S IS THE FIRST RESTAURANT AT DESTINY USA TO REACH LEED[c] GOLD

In 2013 P.F. Chang's continued the restaurant's green initiative growing the number of LEED[c] Certified Gold spaces for the Company by one at Destiny USA. P.F. Chang's started constructing LEED[c] certified projects in 2011 with a focus on designs utilizing sustainable materials. The 7,500 square foot space at Destiny USA further focused on resource conservation with nearly all credits contributing towards water and energy use reductions. Lighting, kitchen equipment and HVAC equipment were all selected and installed to operate the facility to the most optimal of levels. Energy usage was then offset with the purchase of renewable energy credits. P.F. Chang's also tied into Destiny USA's rainwater harvesting system and was able to reduce their water consumption by over 72 percent compared to a baseline tenant of similar size and use.

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"P.F. Chang's was an especially exciting LEED[c] project at the site, we currently had one LEED[c] Gold certified retail-tenant, but we weren't sure how far a restaurant tenant could push the boundaries of the Commercial Interiors rating system at our Campus. P.F. Chang's was able to set the standard for not only restaurant tenants, but all tenants on site. …

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