Highland Bridge buildings achieve LEED certification | Finance & Commerce

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Two buildings at the Highland Bridge development in St. Paul recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications and another is being reviewed for the designation, according to Highland Bridge master developer Ryan Cos.

Certified buildings include the Highland Bridge Medical Office, a 60,000-square-foot multitenant medical office building (LEED v4 Building Design and Construction (BD+C) Silver) and The Collection, a six-level, mixed-use building featuring 230 apartments and more than 50,000 square feet of retail and grocery space (LEED v4 BD+C Gold certification).

Under final review for potential LEED Gold certification is Marvella, a 300-unit senior living community, said Ryan, which added in the release that it’s the first real estate developer in the state to use the LEED Campus approach to simplify certification for onsite projects.

Ryan said the designations “contribute to the City of St. Paul’s vision of creating the most sustainable community in the region” with Highland Bridge, a redevelopment of the former 122-acre Ford Motor Co. site.

“The Highland Bridge development achieving LEED certifications is a significant accomplishment for our entire community,” St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said in the release. “I am grateful to be in partnership with Ryan Cos., whose dedication to environmental responsibility made this possible.”

Lindsey Kieffaber, senior design project manager, Ryan A+E, Inc., the design studio of Ryan Cos., said the certifications are “a great way for the public to feel confident in the sustainable achievements happening at Highland Bridge. The people who live, work and visit Highland Bridge can feel reassured that the spaces are energy efficient, conserve water, use renewable energy, made with quality materials and promote a healthier lifestyle.”

Verdical Group provided project management, LEED commissioning and energy modeling for the Highland Bridge Medical Office building. Sustainable Investment Group provided LEED consulting, commissioning and energy modeling for The Collection.