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Learn more about how the Abramson family and The Tower Companies transcend green building in our articles section.

Every Project Is a New Personal Best


These are just a few of the honors and accomplishments The Tower Companies has achieved, together with all of the partners, team members and other contributors who made them possible:

Our Portfolio “At a Glance”

  • Developed over 5 Million SF including office buildings, a multi-family apartment campus, shopping centers, and a mixed use lifestyle center in the National Capital Area
  • 27 acre Blair Master Plan Re-development in progress for vibrant urban living in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, including 5 acres of public parks
  • 5.4 Million Sq. Ft. White Flint Mixed-Use Lifestyle Center Re-development in progress in North Bethesda, MD
  • 90% of Portfolio is US Green Building Council LEED® Certified
  • 65% of Office Building Portfolio is ENERGY STAR® Certified
  • 3 Million Sq. Ft. of LEED certified projects; four (4) are Platinum
  • Carbon Neutral Developer and Climate RegisteredSilver under The Climate Registry; 100% of GHG Building Emissions are offset with Wind Power and Carbon Credit Purchases
  • 15% of Employees are LEED Accredited or Green Associate Professionals

2013-14 Awards &  Accomplishments

  • Recognized as Green Lease Leader by Institute for Market Transformation and US Department of Energy (2014)
  • National Real Estate CEL Award for Service Excellence (2013 & 2014)
  • *DC Mayor’s Sustainability Award, First Two-Time Winner (2013)
  • 2000 Tower Oaks Recognized Internationally in World’s Greenest Building Book by Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer (2013)
  • Reduced energy by 14% over entire 3 million SF owned and managed portfolio (2012-13)
  • Real Estate Company Green Power Purchaser on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Top 100 Leadership List (2013)
  • USGBC NCR Award of Excellence for Sustainable Business of the Year (2013)
  • USGBC NCR Award of Excellence Honorable Mention for Project of the Year: Existing Buildings – The Tower Building (2013)
  • Recognized as DOE Better Building Challenge Partner to reduce Energy by 20% by 2020 and Inaugural Partner of Multifamily Housing Program Expansion (2013)
  • Recognized by DDOE, DC Downtown BID, and Mayor Vincent Grey as DC Smarter Business Challenge Partner (2013)
  • Multi Housing News Award of Excellence, Unbuilt Category - Blairs Master Plan (2013)
  • Property Management Association Pace Award for Most Innovative Community (2013)
  • 1909 K St and 1828 L St receive BOMA 360 Performance Buildings Designation (2013)
  • 1707 L Street and The Tower Building received BOMA 360 Performance Buildings Designation, 2nd year in a row. (2013)
  • 2013: AtSite Q2 My Building Rocks Award: Joe Lee – “New Kid on the Block: Guiding the Blairs Properties to Energy Goals”  (Blairs Residential Campus)
  • 2013: AtSite Q3 My Building Rocks Award: Kendrick Smith – “Most Successful Use of Existing Resources” (Blair Office Building)
  • 2014: AtSite Q1 My Building Rocks Award: Dave Chalmers – “Initiative and Creativity” (2000 Tower Oaks and the Tower Building)
  • 2014: AtSite Q2 My Building Rocks Award: Eric Harris – “Best Cooling Season Audit” (1828 L Street NW)

2012 Awards & Accomplishments

  • ULI Lifetime Achievement Award – Posthumously to Albert Abramson
  • National Real Estate “A List” CEL Award for Service Excellence
  • Real Estate Company Green Power Purchaser on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 100% Green Power Purchasers List
  • Property Management Association (PMA) Pace Award for Overall Property of the Year
  • 1707 L Street and The Tower Building received BOMA 360 Performance Buildings Designation
  • AtSite Award for “Most Night Audits in 2012”  - Jim Lewis
  • AtSite for “Most Night Audits in a Single Night” – Dennis Gage (Blairs)
  • AtSite Engineer Awards for “Largest 2012 Energy Reduction - 1707 L St
  • Launched Blairs Lifestyles Program – Encourages healthy and sustainable living
  • Launched “TREE” – Tower Employee Health and Wellness Program
  • Launched Pilot Office Building Green Teams at D.C. Properties

2011 Awards & Accomplishments

  • *First developer of LEED-EBOM Platinum Certified apartments in the World: Blair Towns, Silver Spring, MD
  • *First developer to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Montgomery County, Maryland
  • *Among the first developers to install EV charging stations in DC
  • *First real estate developer to become Climate RegisteredSilver with The Climate Registry
  • Real Estate Company Green Power Purchaser on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partner List
  • National Real Estate “A List” CEL Award for Service Excellence
  • USGBC Award of Excellence, Member of the Year – Eugenia Gregorio
  • Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, Go Green Community Manager Award – Blairs General Manager

2010 Awards & Accomplishments

  • *First developer to introduce Tower SmartSuites™ in Office Building Portfolio
  • *First developer to introduce Ecopads™ in the multi-family rental market
  • Real Estate Company Green Power Purchaser on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 100% Green Power Purchasers List
  • Multi-Housing News, Award of Excellence, Development Company of the Year
  • “40 Environmentalists in 40 Years” Award to The Abramson Family by Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen
  • NAIOP MD/DC, Award of Excellence in Best Urban Office, 1050 K Street

2009 Awards & Accomplishments

  • *First developer in DC to achieve LEED certification for a multi-tenant commercial office building under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system: 1909 K Street (The Millennium Building), Washington, DC
  • *First developer to introduce TowerGreen News, news shows to educate Clients about companies’ green initiatives
  • Real Estate Company Green Power Purchaser on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 100% Green Power Purchasers List  
  • Recognized as EPA Climate Leader Partner and Carbon Neutral (2005-2009)
  • Visionary Award, Washington Business Journal and Board of Trade
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)/Best Green Building of the Year/2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard
  • Maryland State Comptroller and Montgomery County Proclamations, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Greenest Office Building
  • Circle of Excellence Award, Smart CEO Magazine – Jeffrey Abramson
  • Environmental Excellence Awards, Mayor Adrian Fenty and DC DOE
  • Preservation Award-2000 Tower Oaks Blvd, Mayor of Rockville and Peerless Rockville

2000-2008 Awards & Accomplishments

  • *First developer in the National Capital Area to achieve LEED® Platinum certification for a multi-tenant commercial office building: 2000 Tower Oaks, Rockville, MD  (2008)
  • *First developer of the largest commercial application of Fortune-Creating(sm) Vedic/Vastu Architecture in the world: 2000 Tower Oaks, Rockville, MD and subject of Harvard Case Study: “Design Creates Fortune - 2000 (2009)
  • *First developer to earn US EPA’s “Designed to Earn Energy Star” designation in the state of Maryland: 2000 Tower Oaks, Rockville, MD
  • *First developer of LEED Certified apartments in the country: Blair Towns, Silver Spring, MD  (2003)
  • *First developer to receive 2002 Apartment and Office Building Association Green office Building of the Year for The Tower Building
  • EPA Climate Leader Award, US Environmental Protection Agency (2008)
  • Member Firm of the Year, USGBC National Capital Region Chapter (2008)
  • Environmental Excellence Award, City of Rockville (2008)
  • Corporate Green Award, Multi-Housing News (2008)
  • Spirit of Free Enterprise Award, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (2008)
  • Green Company of the Year, Washington Business Journal (2008)
  • Corporate Green Leader of the Year, Washingtonian Magazine (2008)
  • USGBC National Capital Region Partner of the Year (2008)
  • Business of the Year, DC Chamber of Commerce (2007)
  • Green Power Leadership Award (2003 & 2006) from US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy

 LEED Certified Projects

  • 1909 K Street (The Millennium Building) | LEED EB Gold (2013) Certified (2009)
  • The Tower Building | LEED EBOM Gold  (2013) EBOM Silver (2009)
  • 1050 K Street | LEED EBOM Platinum (2013) CS Gold (2009)
  • Washington Square  |  LEED EBOM Silver (2013)
  • Bethesda Place I & II  | LEED EBOM Gold (2013)
  • *Blairs Residential Campus | LEED EBOM Gold (2012) – First Multi-Family Residential to earn LEED EBOM Campus Certification
  • 1707 L Street Fitness Center | LEED CI Platinum (2012)
  • 1828 L Street | LEED EBOM Gold (2011)
  • 1707 L Street | LEED EBOM Silver (2011)
  • 1909 K Street Suite 300/320 |  LEED CI Gold (2011)
  • Blair Towns  | LEED EBOM Platinum (2011)
  • 1828 L Street Fitness/Offices LEED CI Gold (2010)
  • 2000 Tower Oaks | LEED Platinum CS (2009)
  • The Tower Companies Corporate Headquarters | LEED Platinum CI (2009)
  • Blair Towns | LEED NC Certified (2004)

 ENERGY STAR Properties

  • 1909 K Street (2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 1828 L Street  (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • The Tower Building (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 1707 L Street NW (2012, 2013)
  • 1050 K Street NW (2013)
  • Bethesda Place I and II (2012)

 

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