GlenStar Properties’ 55 E. Monroe has been recognized by the industry’s leading organizations for best practices in the areas of telecommunications connectivity, energy performance and sustainability, earning WiredScore, ENERGY STAR and LEED, Gold certifications in 2018.
WiredScore, the first and only certification process in commercial real estate that identifies strong internet connectivity, has certified 55 E. Monroe Gold, one of only a handful of downtown properties to achieve WiredScore certification. One of the most well-connected properties in the entire CBD, 55 E. Monroe offers multiple fiber providers for tenants, adistributed antenna system that helps ensure uninterrupted wireless and cell phone coverage, as well as dark fiber service, which allow tenants to connect directly to their internal corporate networks and systems.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance has given 55 E. Monroe a score of 82—up from 76 over the past year. This improvement is due to several changes that ownership implemented, including a lighting conversion of T12 fluorescents to LEDs, ongoing participation in the MCBx Energy Efficiency Program and implementation of monitoring-based commissioning and an upgrade of HVAC systems with wireless DDC technology.
As one of the early adaptors of the LEED Dynamic Plaque program, 55 E. Monroe earned LEED Gold certification. The USGBC’s LEED program is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, available for virtually all building, community and home project types. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings and certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
“We are extremely pleased to achieve this trifecta of industry performance recognition,” said Chuck Fendrich, 55 E. Monroe’s vice president and general manager. “Certification is an excellent way for us to distinguish our tenant services in the industry.”
55 E. Monroe is a 1.5-million-square-foot, 39-story, mixed-use property in Chicago. It is managed by GlenStar Properties, a Chicago-based commercial real estate company that provides property development, investment, leasing and management services to corporate and institutional real estate owners.