Green Washington 2011: Building/Architecture
Winner: Unico Properties
Owner/manager of more than 7 million square feet of office and multifamily properties.
GREEN ACTIONS Unico has been aggressive about cutting energy consumption at the office buildings it manages. It is also one of the first commercial real estate companies in the nation to join the Department of Energy’s “National EV Project” with the intent of bringing a network of electric vehicle charging stations to the Pacific Northwest. It is a cofounder of the Seattle 2030 District, a public-private partnership committed to making downtown Seattle the first high-performance, carbon-neutral building district in America.
RESULTS In 22 office buildings in its Washington portfolio, Unico reduced annual energy consumption by nearly 12 million kilowatt hours and emissions by more than 8,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent to burning more than 900,000 gallons of gasoline). In May, the first Blink Level II electric car charging stations in the state were installed in the parking garage of Unico’s Rainier Square property in downtown Seattle.
Runner Up: Sellen Construction
One of the largest locally owned general contractors in the Puget Sound region.
GREEN ACTIONS Sellen sets a companywide goal of diverting a minimum of 75 percent of construction waste from the landfill on every project. The company launched Sellen Sustainability in May 2010, a division that provides sustainability training and consulting services to help reduce the construction industry’s environmental impact.
RESULTS More than 90 percent of Sellen’s building projects have pursued sustainability certification, and 95.3 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill. In the past year, Sellen hosted 124 participants in LEED workshops.