LOS ANGELES — Sustainable real estate developer, Scott Mazo, founder and managing partner, University Place Associates LLC (UPA), Philadelphia, received the Center of Excellence award from Semco LLC, Columbia, Missouri, at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on Oct. 5.

The Center of Excellence Award honors buildings with unique sustainable and energy-cost-reducing green designs, such as UPA’s recently developed 98,000-square-foot 2.0 University Place in Philadelphia’s surging University City green building corridor. 2.0 University Place, which is a LEED Platinum project and multi-tenant, multi-certified sustainable office building.

The five-story building’s HVAC system features Semco’s chilled beams and dedicated outdoor air dehumidifiers with energy recovery wheels as well as high-efficiency boilers and chillers. Energy modeling revealed the building surpasses ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requirements by 44 percent. Daily energy tracking reveals the building ranks in the upper 22 percentile of Energy Star Program facilities nationwide.

Now on the heels of selling the 100 percent leased building to Swiss-based Zurich Insurance Group (ZIG), UPA is developing 3.0 University Place, a sustainable office space that is one of the world’s first pilot projects for precertified LEED v4 Platinum. The 190,000-square-foot, five-story project will cut HVAC utility costs even more as the world’s first office building to use Semco’s NEUTON controllable chilled beam pump module.

The NEUTON cuts HVAC labor and material construction costs significantly while providing energy-saving pinpoint zone temperature control for chilled beam applications, said Thomas Rice, director of sales, Semco.

“Scott Mazo brings inspirational and visionary building ideas to the marketplace that are already increasing property value and job opportunities in west Philadelphia’s Platinum Corridor area while also reducing the city’s utility impact and carbon footprint,” said Rice.

Publication date: 12/19/2016

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