SALT LAKE CITY — The 28-year-old 170 South Main St. building has won several awards, including Utah’s first LEED certification for an existing high-rise building.
In addition to the LEED certification for Existing Buildings, the building won an Energy Star rating of 80 and Utah’s Building Owners and Managers Association’s Outstanding Building of the Year award.
The building underwent six years and more than $1 million worth of extensive energy-efficient renewal work to upgrade the building equipment.
The 15-story, oval-shaped building is clad in glass and Alucobond panels. An atrium is located on the first floor, which houses a national bank and retail stores. The structure also houses law firms, commercial real estate firms, wealth management and insurance companies.
Upgrades to the building included improved lighting design and day-lighting controls, plug load occupancy sensors in common areas and tenant spaces, and new chillers.
Also upgraded were the control system for HVAC equipment, ventilation systems and tenant energy management systems, along with automated and water-conserving restroom controls.
The three awards were achieved under the direction of the Salt Lake City branch of management group Commerce Real Estate Solutions, a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance. The company used ETC Group, a Salt Lake City energy engineering and sustainability consulting company.
“The awards for 170 South Main recognize it as a real leader in Utah for the retrofitting and upgrading of existing buildings to meet modern energy and green conservation requirements,” said Mike Lawson, president and CEO of Commerce. “These certifications and awards are top criteria for many tenants today, and they reinforce the strong business case we have made for cost-effective energy systems that lower tenant occupancy costs.”