- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2002

Environmental Defense, a nonprofit group that promotes environmental causes, reopened its downtown Washington office last week after extensive renovations to turn it into "green space."
The group is based at 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW. As it grew over the years, it took additional space in the building as the space became available, which resulted in several suites spread out over multiple floors.
When a single 19,000-square-foot-block in the building became available, Environmental Defense hired the Staubach Co., a Washington brokerage, to help it secure the space and renovate it with as many "green" features as possible.
"We are an environmental group, and we want to practice what we preach," says David Cherry, Environmental Defense's spokesman.
During the renovation, the group installed drywall and carpet made of recycled materials. It also installed cherry wood paneling made with lumber from a controlled-growth forest.
The new office also features lights that automotically turn off when someone leaves the room.
Not that the Environmental Defense workers need it. The redesigned office features lots of natural light because of an extensive use of glass, even in internal offices that don't have windows.
"You can be in an internal office but you're still going to have a view of the windows in the next room. It feels much more natural," says Ken Wilson, a principal at Envision, the architecture firm that designed the renovated office.
Staubach also served as construction manager of the project. The firm has a history of helping environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund, find green office space.
The building at opened in 1963, and was renovated in 1990. Making the Environmental Defense space more environmentally friendly was not necessarily expensive, according to David Houck, a Staubach senior vice president.
"One of the most common misperceptions is that to go green requires a huge investment. It does not," he says.
But Mr. Wilson stresses that green design is "a holistic process. There is not one particular thing you can do to make a project green. It is many elements working together."
More Washington area developers are building green office projects.
The new Chesapeake Bay Foundation headquarters in Annapolis is considered one of the most environmentally sensitive buildings in the nation. The 10-story Tower Building, which opened in Rockville last month, features special windows and a sophisticated elevator system designed to save energy.
"What we are seeing is that the marketplace is becoming more educated. In the long run, sustainable design is cost-effective because you're creating a more durable product," says Mr. Houck.

AT&T; group moving
AT&T; Latin America Corp. will move its headquarters from Miami to Washington between July and October.
The company connects New York-based AT&T; Corp. to Latin American markets. It is moving from Miami so that it can be closer to federal regulators and other international businesses, according to Patricio Northland, president and chief executive.
AT&T; Latin America has 56 employees. It is scouting for office space throughout the Washington area, including several existing AT&T; Corp. locations.
"We expect that most of our key executives will move with the company," Mr. Northland says.

Fairfax leases space
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority will open Northern Virginia's first biotechnology business incubator at 7001 Loisdale Road in Springfield, near the planned Northern Virginia Community College medical campus.
The authority has signed a five-year lease for 7,288 square feet in the building, which is owned by Blair Inc. The annual cost will be $17.50 per square foot.
The authority has hired Angle Technology Group to manage the incubator, which is scheduled to open by mid-2002.
Fairfax is eager to cash in on the region's biotechnology boom. Montgomery County also operates incubators for biotech start-ups, and is home to industry leaders like Human Genome Sciences and BioReliance.

In other news
TA Associates Realty has sold Park Place in Arlington to Lerner Enterprises for $33.4 million. Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield helped arrange the sale of the 13-story, 167,000-square-foot building.
Brokerage Cassidy & Pinkard has arranged $14.5 million in first mortgage financing for three office buildings in Lexington Park in Southern Maryland. The buildings total 151,000 square feet and are located near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The lender is UBS Warburg Real Estate Investments; the borrower is Wildewood Team of Professionals, a St. Mary's County company.
The Halle Cos. has purchased a 412,052-square-foot office building at 1615 L St. NW from MGP Real Estate. Terms were not disclosed. Brokerage Cassidy & Pinkard arranged the sale.

*Property Lines is published every other Monday. Chris Baker can be reached at 202/636-3139 or [email protected]


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