Atlanta's Ponce City Market wins several sustainability awards
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The 2.1-million-square-foot iconic structure that is home to Atlanta’s Ponce City Market has not only achieved LEED gold, but it's also received several other sustainability honors, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
Among them are the Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence, ULI Atlanta’s Project of the Year, and the Golden Shoe Award from PEDS.
The building, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, is a historic landmark on the city’s skyline and was constructed by Sears, Roebuck, & Co. in 1926. The largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history, Ponce City Market is now owned by real estate investment and management company Jamestown and features retail, restaurants, offices and residential flats.
- 2016 Global Award for Excellence from Urban Land Institute: The annual awards recognize real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management. They are widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. This marks the first time in over a decade that a project in the southeastern United States has won this award.
- 2016 Project of the Year from Urban Land Institute Atlanta: For 22 years, ULI Atlanta has celebrated outstanding leadership in development in the Southeast. The annual awards showcase the “best in class” in real estate development in various categories.
- LEED gold status: The LEED rating system is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. By reusing the existing building structure and flooring material, installing water-efficient fixtures and landscaping, and using the latest in LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems in the base building, Ponce City Market offers tenants a space that is sustainable and efficient to operate for years to come. The building also earned LEED Gold for Homes for The Flats at Ponce City Market, and LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors for the Jamestown Corporate Office.
- “Golden Shoe” Award from PEDS: Honoring pedestrian-friendly people, places and projects, PEDS is a pedestrian advocacy organization that works with the community to promote changes that help make streets and communities in Georgia walkable. Zipcars, EV charging stations, a tenant shuttle to MARTA, space for over 500 bikes, bike valet and a direct connection to the BeltLine make PCM one of the most accessible buildings in Atlanta by alternative forms of transportation.
Jamestown has a long history of revitalizing historic buildings and developing highly regarded projects, including Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Chelsea Market in Manhattan, and the Innovation and Design Building in Boston. Today’s evolution of Ponce City Market incorporates a pedestrian network, the convenience of desirable retail and dining under one roof, exceptional residences and office space, green city spaces and access to the celebrated Atlanta BeltLine trail, which borders the city and links neighborhoods.
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