Wagner said the Mitsubishi Electric VRF zoning technology earned 11 energy points toward LEED Silver certification. Points also were awarded for the dedicated outdoor-air unit, individual zone controls, carbon-dioxide monitors on each floor, sound-control ventilation, the removal of the outdated system, the truing of the curtain wall, window glazing, and the insulation of the entire building envelope.

The efficiency upgrades resulted in a $421,999 rebate through Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.’s Smart Energy Savers Program, which offers incentives for sustainable building improvements.

“In many ways, that has been the most satisfying (project of my career),” Brasher said. “... We turned a long-standing eyesore in the middle of town into a LEED Silver landmark of great value. The tower was immediately filled with tenants, and the owner was rewarded with the largest rebate I’ve ever seen.”

Sustainability, Innovation, and Smart Adaptive Reuse

Towson City Center is one of the most efficient buildings in Towson.

“For over a decade, Towson had to endure the presence of this 15-story ‘sick building’ in the heart of its commercial district,” Arsh S. Mirmiran, partner, CVP, said. “Caves Valley Partners, in a public-private partnership with the county and state, realized that the tower needed to be reborn as a green, sustainable building in order for it to succeed. This office tower was turned into a showcase for sustainability and modernization. It is a classic example of urban adaptive reuse and was immediately recognized as such, demonstrated by a building filled with happy tenants.”

 

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