Jefferson Commons Achieves LEED Certification

By on September 29, 2015

In June  Green Street’s Jefferson Commons project  received LEED certification for Building Design and Construction-Core and Shell from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Jefferson Commons is located at 1601 South Jefferson near the intersection of I-44 and Jefferson in the City of St. Louis.

Completed in 2013, the Project is a redevelopment of a former Kroger/National grocery store which had been vacant for 8 years. The Project is now a contemporary, LEED retail center that provides much needed goods and services for the surrounding underserved neighborhoods. The Project facilitates the redevelopment of approximately 47,000 square feet of existing single-tenant retail space into a multi-tenant retail format combining junior anchor and in-line space. In addition, the Project includes 3,500 square feet of new retail space at an out-lot location to include a drive-through for a restaurant tenant. The Project is located on an infill site surrounded by residential neighborhoods providing the highest and best reuse of the property.

Redevelopment of the property dramatically transformed the front of the building with new façade improvements integrating stylistic metal transoms and components, improved landscaping with connections to the Jefferson Avenue streetscape, LED parking area lighting, and solar voltaic installation to support tenant operations. The Project has attracted a number of national companies, including Save a Lot Markets, H&R Block, WingZone, and Subway.

Sustainable attributes include the following:

  • 99Kw rooftop solar electric system- produces approximately 16.2% of total building energy needs
  • Installation of high efficiency plumbing measures reduces baseline water usage calculations by 34.36%
  • At least 50% of construction waste (by weight) was diverted from landfills
  • Water efficient landscaping and native plantings reduce the need for potable water use for irrigation and species selection assist in storm water quality and quantity control
  • Use of high efficiency mechanical systems, high R value spray foam insulation, high SRI white roofing, and lighting systems have a combined 24.84% reduction from the calculated LEED energy use baseline

Green Street St. Louis is a commercial real estate development company which historically has focused on sustainable, re-use of underutilized properties in potentially prime locations.


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