GBI Announces Pinnacle XXIV/Crate & Barrel as 2022 Green Globes Project of the Year Winner 

GBI honored 2022’s Project of the Year, Runner-Up, and Honorable Mention in an Earth Week virtual awards ceremony.

Portland, Ore. – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) celebrates Earth Week with the announcement of Pinnacle XXIV/Crate & Barrel as the winner of the 2022 Green Globes Project of the Year awards. The industrial retail warehouse building earned a Three Green Globes rating under Green Globes for New Construction (NC) and was unveiled as the winner at an April 19 virtual awards ceremony also recognizing the runner-up, 1540 Broadway in New York, and honorable mention, the VA Phoenix Clinic in Arizona. 

“Sustainability, health & wellness, and resilience are important for all types of commercial real estate, not just for downtown office buildings.” said Vicki Worden, GBI President & CEO. “Pinnacle XXIV truly demonstrates the intention of the thought-provoking and comprehensive Green Globes criteria and serves as an example for industrial building owners interested in improving design, construction and operational performance through accessible green building assessment and certification.” 

Pinnacle XXIV/Crate & Barrel is a Class A warehouse distribution center operated by Crate & Barrel Holdings in Romeoville, Illinois. The project was developed by the Heitman and Pizzuti team and constructed by Power Construction. Fitzgerald, who championed the sustainability efforts for the project, helped guide and implement a set of features that led to achieving its impressive Green Globes rating.The building features one of the Midwest’s largest photovoltaic systems, a 200,294 square foot 3.029 megawatt rooftop installation that includes 5,732 450 Watt-rated PV panels and is designed to offset 100% of the building’s energy, moving towards a net zero outcome. 

“Pizzuti was an early adopter to sustainable development. In 2008, a time that saw higher than normal vacancy, Pizzuti was dedicated to design and develop a sustainable industrial building. Since then, we have continued to the improve means and methods of construction, research new technologies, and utilize proven successful aspects of previous projects to continually reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings we develop.”

John Kenney, Vice President Construction, Pizzuti

The building also includes skylights for natural lighting, LED high bay lighting with occupant and motion controls, high-performance exterior wall design for both thermal performance and solar reflectivity control, a Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) ENERGY STAR rated roofing surface, industrial style fans for air movement, whole building natural ventilation controls, and VRF split systems for office space cooling. The project earned 601 out of 844 applicable points for an overall score of 71%. 

“At Crate & Barrel Holdings Inc., we put the wellbeing of people and the planet at the forefront of everything we do and reducing our carbon footprint from facilities to our customer’s doorstep is a top priority. Designing our distribution centers with industry-leading sustainability practices like those used at Pinnacle XXIV/Crate & Barrel helps us to build a brighter future for the next generation.”

Mike Brewer, Chief Operating Officer, Crate & Barrel Holdings Inc.

GBI also recognizes the Green Globes Project of the Year runner-up: 1540 Broadway in New York, NY. This 44-story building located in the heart of Times Square recently underwent substantial renovations, making this 1990 Class-A office building a competitive option for today’s office tenants. Many of the upgrades focused on sustainability and occupant wellness, leading to a Three Green Globes rating under Green Globes for Existing Buildings (EB). In December of 2022, 1540 Broadway also became the first project to earn a Green Globes Distinction in Health & Wellness by demonstrating compliance in a variety of health, wellness, and safety objectives. Credit was earned for the inclusion of new direct expansion (DX) units on every floor for cooling, the use of a Building Management System (BMS) that monitors occupancies and control building systems, WaterSense plumbing fixtures, occupancy and daylighting sensors, and MERV 13 and 15 air filters to improve indoor air quality. Owners Edge Fund Advisors are committed to providing a thoughtful and healthy indoor environment for their tenants. 

The VA Phoenix Clinic in Phoenix, AZ earned the 2022 Green Globes Project of the Year honorable mention. One of the largest VA outpatient clinics in the United States, the 275,000 square foot facility spans 15 acres and provides care for a half a million patients each year. The VA Phoenix Clinic’s biophilic design principles promote occupant healing and wellbeing, and its design for deconstruction contributed to its Two Green Globes rating under Green Globes for New Construction.

GBI congratulates Pinnacle XXIV/Crate & Barrel, 1540 Broadway, and VA Phoenix Clinic on their sustainabilityachievements and applauds all Green Globes-certified buildings for their contributions to improving the built environment and reduction of climate impacts. 

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