Texas Innovation Center Buildings Receive Two LEED Gold Certifications
Lake Jackson, Texas - October 28, 2016 -The Texas Innovation Center (TXINN) has been generating plenty of positive vibes for the Lake Jackson area since the project was announced in 2014, creating construction jobs and representing significant investment in the downtown area. A full year after The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) assumed occupancy as the sole tenant of the A.P. Beutel building in August 2015, the Texas Innovation Center (TXINN) continues to enrich and inspire the Brazosport region with the first two buildings to receive LEED® Gold certification for Core & Shell from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. LEED certification is internationally recognized and awarded on a four-tier scale of which Gold is the second highest. Dow celebrates the achievement along with building developers CORE Real Estate and Lexington. Achieving LEED Gold certification for Core & Shell is a result of the design and construction of the entire mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection system for sustainability principles.
“Our objective is to create a work environment that reflects Dow’s commitment to innovation and sustainable operations,” said David T. Day, Dow’s Global Director of Corporate Facilities and Information Technology Services. “We work with strategic partners to ensure our facilities deploy sound building principles, information technology and leading workspace design to optimize the global footprint required to equip and energize our work force. At the same time, we are honoring our deep commitment to sustainability through the efficient use of resources.”
In total, the TXINN complex provides nearly 900,000 square feet of office and laboratory space, with five distinct structures. The A.P. Beutel administrative building was the first to open on August 14, 2015, housing approximately 1,000 Dow people from various Manufacturing and Engineering functions. The Dow Diamond Center opened in January 2016 and features a 400-seat café. It also houses the Dow Family Health Center and the Dow Wellness Center, as well as conference rooms and customer interface areas, with a warehouse facility rounding out the space. In addition to the A.P. Beutel Building and Dow Diamond Center, the Herbert H. Dow Building and the Edgar C. Britton Building are multi-story research and development (R&D) buildings named after two leading inventors in Dow’s history. These buildings will be fully occupied by the end of 2017.
Because of the varied uses of each of the buildings, Dow worked with a variety of partners to ensure these buildings met the many criteria prescribed within the Core & Shell LEED rating system, including developers CORE and Lexington as well as architectural firms like Powers Brown and Kirksey. In addition to the Core & Shell components, Dow is working to fit out the workspace using leading interior design principles to achieve the desired functionality and sustainability.
Richard Pipkin, CORE Managing Director, said that from the beginning, the TXINN complex was designed with functionality and aesthetics in mind. “The A.P. Beutel and Dow Diamond Center buildings offer vibrant, welcoming places to work, exercise and grab lunch. We worked in partnership with Dow and the community to optimize the utility and carbon footprint of this complex to maximize the positive influence it will have in Lake Jackson.”
Earl Shipp, Dow’s vice president of Gulf Coast Operations, says the TXINN delivers several benefits to Dow’s workforce while also demonstrating sustainability principles. “This new, state-of-the-art complex embodies the latest in R&D technology, IT capabilities and flexible workspace design, allowing Dow people to collaborate closely with customers as they anticipate market needs and innovate solutions for our world,” he said. “It also consolidates all these great minds in one space, reducing the number of buildings and carbon footprint on our site while engaging technologies that enable us to better use our resources to protect the planet.”
Other Dow projects that have achieved levels of LEED certification include the Midland Business Service Center (LEEDÒ Silver), Shanghai Dow Center and Houston Dow Center. In 2016, Dow also received LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors for the Midland, Michigan East End facility where the Company is the major tenant.
A flyover video tour of the TXINN is available on YouTube. For more information about Dow’s commitment to sustainability and Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, visit www.dow.com/en-us/science-and-sustainability/.
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. The Company’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.