The largest LEED v4 Platinum Core & Shell project in the world
Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognized Bank of America Tower, Skanska’s premier office development in Downtown Houston, Texas as the first LEED® v4 Platinum Core & Shell certified project in the U.S. It is one of only three projects globally to have received this prestigious distinction. Of those three projects, our 780,000 square-foot Bank of America Tower is the largest LEED v4 Platinum Core & Shell project in the world.
“Over the past 10 years, we have developed, designed and delivered sustainable, innovative and high-quality projects like Bank of America Tower around the country,” said Ward. “We are proud to remain on the cutting edge of sustainable office development and will continue to focus on developing projects that make a positive impact on our customers and our communities. Bank of America Tower is a shining example of how Skanska focuses on placemaking and thoughtful, sustainable design to create a dynamic and iconic destination.” Said Robert Ward, President and CEO for Skanska USA Commercial Development.
Sustainability as part of the DNA
The Bank of America Tower will use 32 percent less energy than typical baseline facilities. The development’s sustainable features include the 24,000-square-foot SkyPark, the first and largest green roof in Downtown Houston to be open to all building tenants, as well as:
- a 50,000-gallon rainwater collection system for reuse in landscape irrigation and restrooms;
- secured bicycle storage room with access to lockers and showers;
- one block proximity to three MetroRail stations;
- 90 percent access to daylight and views for tenants;
- a high-performance façade that significantly reduces solar heat gain;
- an energy recovery wheel to precondition fresh air intake; and
- district cooling to provide chilled water throughout the facility, which lowers cooling costs and offers unlimited service capacity to tenants.
Designed by architectural firm Gensler, Bank of America Tower offers 754,000 square feet of office space and over 35,000 square feet of engaging public space at Understory, an inviting, open-air community hub that includes a full-service restaurant and a 9,000-square-foot culinary market with seven diverse chef-driven concepts and a cocktail bar.
A dynamic new home for tenants
After securing naming rights in 2017 as the anchor tenant (210,000 square feet), the financial services firm Bank of America earlier this year renamed the 35-story Class-A office building to Bank of America Tower.
“We are excited about the opportunities that Bank of America Tower creates for our clients and our employees,” said Hong Ogle, Houston Market President, Bank of America. “Having our teams together in this new contemporary workplace allows for stronger collaboration to deliver the full breadth of our capabilities and better serve our clients.”
Tenants at Bank of America Tower also have access to The Assembly, a 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art conference and private events center that features three dynamic meeting venues. The Assembly is connected on the 12th level to the SkyPark.
Current tenants at Bank of America Tower include:
- Bank of America
- Winston and Strawn
- Waste Management
- Quantum Energy Partners