Las Vegas Center Earns Prestigious Energy Efficiency Recognition


Carson City - September 10, 2014

The Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) awarded property tax incentives to four buildings in the La Plaza Business Center for introducing significant energy and water savings measures.

The La Plaza Business Center received a five-year, 25% property tax incentive for Buildings A, B, and D for achieving a “Silver” level standard of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, along with a five-year, 30% incentive for Building E for achieving a “Gold” level standard. This prestigious rating system is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings.

“To achieve the LEED certifications, Lakeland Management, the property’s on-site management team led by Bill Milone, worked with consultants from Sellen Sustainability in analyzing energy consumption throughout the La Plaza Business Center and implementing measures to reduce energy usage. 

These measures included installing occupancy sensors and efficient lighting throughout the buildings, the installation of a rooftop solar array, updating the building plan based on equipment run-time schedules, and monitoring time of use and daytime/nighttime setbacks to maximize heating and cooling energy conservation. 

“We’re so pleased to have achieved these important energy conservation measures, which are in keeping with the values of our company and of our core tenancy at the property, comprised of the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Sam Fuchs, Chief Operating Officer of Kaufman Jacobs, which owns the La Plaza Business Center. “The recent LEED certifications, combined with the property’s exceptionally high Energy Star scorings, serve as testaments to the efficiency of our operations and to the terrific ongoing work being performed by our on-site team at Lakeland Management. In building E alone, we’ve already managed to save over 70,000 kWh from our recent rooftop solar installation, which is equivalent to a reduction of 43 tons of CO2 emissions. We’re very thankful to the Governor’s Office of Energy for their recognition of these achievements and for being a terrific force for positive environmental stewardship.”  

Located near the University of Nevada Las Vegas, La Plaza Business Center is a five building garden office campus.  Four of the buildings were constructed in 1974, with the addition of building E in early 2007.  Each building is approximately 30,000 square feet in size and the campus provides office space for the Environmental Protection Agency, Nevada State Board of Nursing, Nevada Bureau of Pharmacy, and Nevada Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance, among others.       

The decision to approve the incentive highlights GOE’s ability to facilitate cooperation among stakeholders, lead initiatives to stimulate economic development, and attract energy related business ventures that include site development, energy education, and retrofitting. To learn more about how to make your building LEED certified, please visit GOE’s Green Building (LEED) Tax Abatement page.

 

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About the Governor’s Office of Energy

The mission of the Governor's Office of Energy (GOE) is to ensure the wise development of Nevada's energy resources in harmony with local economic needs and to position Nevada to lead the nation in renewable energy production, energy conservation, and the exportation of energy. GOE implements the laws of the State as defined in Nevada Revised Statutes 701 and 701A; manages energy-related programs; facilitates cooperation between key stakeholders; advises the Governor on energy policy; and collaborates with our local, regional, and federal partners to ensure a reliable and sustainable energy system. For more information about GOE, please visit www.energy.nv.gov. 

About Kaufman Jacobs

Founded in 1947, Kaufman Jacobs is a Chicago based commercial real estate private equity firm that pursues capital protection and appreciation through the acquisition of undervalued commercial real estate, with an emphasis on General Services Administration (GSA) leased assets and complex situations.  The firm has a proud tradition of exceptional investment management over its nearly seven-decade history, and has owned and managed tens of millions of square feet of commercial real estate across each of the major asset classes.  For further information, please visit www.kaufmanjacobs.com.