BOMA’S SOUTHERN REGION BUILDING OF THE YEAR, 355 ALHAMBRA, AWARDED USGBC LEED RECERTIFICATION

AL_E_BV_5G3A3055FFTaylor & Mathis of Florida and AEW Capital Management, L.P. announced today that 355 Alhambra located in downtown Coral Gables received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Recertification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) leading-edge system for designing and constructing a sustainable, energy-efficient and high-performance building.  Green building strategies offer tangible ways for companies to improve their work environment and minimize their environmental impact while strengthening the bottom line.

355 Alhambra is owned by AEW Capital Management (AEW) on behalf of one of its institutional clients and is managed by Taylor & Mathis of Florida.  The property has been named Outstanding Office Building of the Year from 2005 to 2015 by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Miami-Dade, and in 2013/2015 by the BOMA Southern Region.

“355 Alhambra has very strong ownership in AEW, a firm that is committed to the community, the environment and to maintaining its properties at their optimum level of performance,” stated Taylor & Mathis Director of Operations, Marlene Diaz.  “Lisa Mitchell, the property manager at 355 along with her staff, have been able to achieve with these goals and objectives and their commitment to excellence has surpassed expectations.  Achieving the LEED Recertification was of no surprise to those that are familiar with the ownership, and staff of this location, as they are an amazing group of professionals and an example to the commercial real-estate sector.  This will be added to their long list of recognitions and achievements.”

Environmental features that led to the 16-story, 224,000-square-foot Class A office building’s recertification included:

– Energy Conservation:  Energy Star rating of 91 (highest score is 100).  The building’s high energy efficiency is due to the installation of a state of the art Building Automation System that controls its HVAC system and lighting; occupancy sensors installed in restrooms and interior equipment rooms eliminate the need for lighting in unoccupied areas; energy efficient lighting is installed throughout the building; variable frequency drives installed on equipment motors reduce electricity usage; CO2 sensors installed on air conditioning equipment maximize fresh air intake while reducing the need to cool non-essential outside air.

– Water Conservation:  Indoor water usage has been reduced by 30% by the installation of sink aerators and low flow restroom fixtures, and landscaping water usage has been reduced by 75% by the installation of a low volume irrigation system, rain gauge moisture sensors, and the installation of native and adaptive plans that require minimal watering.

– Waste Reduction:  A comprehensive recycling system that collects office paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, light bulbs and ballasts, batteries, and durable goods such as computers and office equipment.  Construction debris is also recycled.  95% of the building’s waste is being diverted from landfills.

– Green Cleaning and Pest Control:  Use of safe and eco-friendly cleaning products; use of recycled paper products in restrooms, and the Integrated Pest Management Policy reduces the need for pesticides inside the building and on exterior landscaping.

Renewals & Expansions Drive Leasing Success at 355 Alhambra

66,104 Square Feet Leased

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Taylor & Mathis of Florida has renewed and/or expanded 53,853 square feet of leases at 355 Alhambra, a landmark office building in Coral Gables. An additional 12,251 square feet was leased to Bank of America in a new deal.

The award-winning 355 Alhambra, last year’s BOMA Regional Office Building of the Year, has a historically high retention rate with renewals & expansions driving its recent leasing success.  Owned by AEW Capital Management (AEW) it is leased and managed by Taylor & Mathis of Florida.  The Taylor & Mathis’ Miami leasing team of Brian Gale, Ryan Holtzman, Andrew Trench and Jeannette Mendoza brokered the deals on behalf of the owner.

 

Recent deals totaling 66,104 square feet include:

  • Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. – Extension – 28,844 RSF – Co-brokered by Javier Osuna of Lincoln Harris
  • Bank of America, N.A. – 12,251 RSF – New – Co-brokered by Javier Osuna of Lincoln Harris
  • Marquis Bank – 12,231 SF Renewal & Expansion (4,803 RSF – Expansion – 7,428 RSF – Renewal) – Co-brokered by Barbara Liberatore Black of Cresa
  • RBB Public Relations, LLC – 6,564 RSF – Renewal – Co-brokered by Adriana J. Rosillo of Flagler Real Estate Services
  • Genesis Investment Advisors LLC. – 5,371 RSF – Renewal – Co-brokered by David Steinfeld of JLL
  • Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. – 843 RSF – Expansion – Co-brokered by Matthew Cheezem of Cresa

Located at the center of the Coral Gables business district, this landmark, 16-story, 224,000-square-foot Class A office building is home to nationally-known tenants such as Merrill Lynch, Chase Bank, and Kraft Foods.  The building is GOLD LEED certified. For more information visit www.355alhambra.com.

About AEW Capital Management, L.P.

Founded in 1981, AEW Capital Management, L.P. (AEW) provides real estate investment management services to investors worldwide. One of the world’s leading real estate investment advisors, AEW and its affiliates manage over $33 billion of capital invested in $47 billion of property and securities in North America, Europe and Asia (as of December 31, 2011). Grounded in research and experienced in the complexities of the real estate and capital markets, AEW actively manages portfolios in both the public and private property markets and across the risk/return spectrum. AEW and its affiliates have offices in Boston, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as additional offices in nine European cities. For more information please visit www.aew.com.

 

For further information please contact:

Brian Gale, Taylor & Mathis

(305) 476-8880

bgale@taylormathis.com

 

 

Our South Florida Team Garners Five TOBY Awards

Award WinnersEvery year BOMA MIAMI-DADE honors outstanding buildings, property managers, and associates, not an easy task with so many great buildings and members competing for the coveted The Office Building of The Year or TOBY Awards . The roaring twenties themed event at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building was truly a night to remember!  This year our South Florida Taylor & Mathis team came away with five awards! According to the BOMA judges, all the nominees did such an amazing job showcasing their buildings that it was not easy for the judges this year. They said this year’s TOBY competition was incredible from the building entries to the individual awards.

“The level of dedication these individuals and our entire South Florida team puts into the properties is immeasurable by this award alone. They are an amazing group of people.  With these awards they have been distinguished by their industry peers for management excellence over many consecutive years, a standard that we know they consistently exceed.  We are very proud of each of you!  Thank you for all you do!”  — Marlene Diaz, Director of Operations.

Join us in congratulating our winners!

“Thanks to all of you who make a difference every day and for taking such great care of our owners and their buildings,” – Hank Brenner, President

355 Alhambra Hosts Broker Lunch & Renovation Preview

Taylor & Mathis and AEW welcomed South Florida Brokers to a lunch at 355 Alhambra where they debuted a broker incentive program and the recently completed building renovations. The broker who signs the largest new tenant lease with a minimum of 10,000 RSF between January and June of 2014 will win a 7 day Western Mediterranean Cruise!

Taylor & Mathis Picks Up Coral Gables Leasing Assignment

image001Miami, FL –   Demeetree Real Estate Services, Inc., a private investment group out of Orlando, has selected the Miami office of Taylor & Mathis of Florida as exclusive leasing agent for Douglas Centre, a 198,000 square foot office building in Coral Gables.  T&M Managing Director of Leasing John O’Neil will spearhead leasing efforts for the building which is currently 74% occupied.  “We wanted a strong regional firm with extensive local ties to the South Florida market to help us quickly increase building occupancy,” stated Demeetree Managing General Partner Mike Wright.  O’Neil, a broker in the market for over 25 years, has completed 31 deals totaling over 150,000 square feet in the past year.

“Douglas Centre is one of the best office values in Coral Gables,” according to O’Neil.  It is well located with its proximity to Miami International Airport and downtown Miami, while also being convenient to executive housing.  The exclusive retail amenities and shopping along Coral Gables’ fabled Miracle Mile are within walking distance.  Coral Gables is considered one of the premium office markets in South Florida with approximately 18 million square feet of prime office space and is home to the regional headquarters of more than 140 multinational companies.

The 12-story office building at 2600 Douglas Road has an attached 8-story parking garage with visitor parking, an on-site café and Bank of America retail branch.  Upper floors offer expansive city views.  Demeetree purchased the office building late last year and is planning capital and cosmetic improvements to the building.

With the addition of Douglas Centre Taylor & Mathis now handles leasing responsibilities for over a half million square feet of office space in Coral Gables including 355 Alhambra and 550 Biltmore. Taylor & Mathis is a diversified real estate company specializing in the development, marketing and management of office buildings, suburban office parks, industrial parks and mixed-use projects. In Florida the company leases and/or manages a portfolio over 12 million square feet. Founded in 1967, the company has developed properties exceeding $1.9 billion in value and has established itself as one of the most respected regional real estate firms in the United States. Based in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Sunrise, Taylor & Mathis concentrates its business activity in primary growth markets in the southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.TaylorMathis.com or www.taylormathisflorida.com

Coral Gables Landmark 550 Biltmore Completes Lobby Renovation

Taylor & Mathis has announced the completion of the renovations to the lobby of a 550 Biltmore. Insight Design was tasked with creating a modern lobby design for the striking pyramid-shaped landmark. The design incorporates clean, modern lines in the design and furnishings.

“550 Biltmore is a Coral Gables icon.  The renovation has made this trophy building an even more desirable asset. The look and feel is much more modern and fresh, as we compete for office tenants in Coral Gables,” said Brian Gale, Taylor & Mathis Principal and Managing Director. The building is easily identified by two 12 foot bronze lions perched at the building entrance.  Anchor tenants at the 163,000 square foot office building include UBS, Cartier, Christie’s, and CNL Bank.

550 Biltmore is a 14-story pyramidal landmark office building in downtown Coral Gables. The 162,293 square foot office building features a pyramid configuration, enabling most suites to feature a private balcony with conference-size terraces for larger offices.  The facade is comprised of imported Italian travertine marble and black granite.  A circular driveway and fountain demarks the building’s main entrance, which is flanked by two impressive bronze-cast lions.