BETHESDA, MD — Brown's Wharf has won the Baltimore Building Owners and Managers Association's (BOMA) prestigious Outstanding Building of the Year Award in the Historical Buildings category. Brown's Wharf won for its ability to maintain its historic nature with modernized spaces. This included sustainability upgrades performed by a team that included Green Generation Solutions, LLC (GreenGen), a Bethesda-based company experienced in engineering and implementing energy efficiency plans in commercial properties. GreenGen's integrated technology-based solutions were used to reduce energy consumption and improve occupant comfort and experience while lowering operating costs, which helped lead to Brown's Wharf scoring highly in tenant relations.
"We were excited to be part of the team on this award-winning effort that preserves history and saves money for tenants and ownership. Environmental stewardship is not just the right thing to do – it is a responsible approach to business that creates long-term commercial value,” said Brad Dockser, CEO, GreenGen.
"The BOMA Building of the Year award is an honor for an old but iconic building. Our team worked hard to lower operating costs, demonstrating that age is not an impediment to having a high efficiency asset," said Paul Sisson, co-managing partner for the property. "We are committed to building value everywhere we can – and that includes our ongoing focus on the environment."Baltimore BOMA holds an annual competition for The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) to recognize excellence in commercial buildings. Qualifying buildings must have met a minimum of 50% office area where the building and building management team preserve and enhance the internal and external environment through sustainability programs. The Historical Building category recognizes buildings that are at least 50 years old with original design maintained. For this winning effort, GreenGen negotiated a long-term electricity supply contract, upgraded common areas and lavatory lighting, and helped implement better controls and operating procedures for HVAC and other building systems."As the manager of Brown's Wharf, lower operating costs are a win-win for both tenants and ownership, all of whom benefit. This is an ongoing part of our commitment to the City of Baltimore's goal of energy efficiency," added Tammy Starling of Cushman & Wakefield, the property manager.Built in 1869, Brown's Wharf is the oldest ENERGY STAR® certified property in Baltimore and among the oldest in the United States. Brown's Wharf is a grouping of three and four story properties consisting of 104,000 ft2 of office, retail, and restaurant space. Located directly on the Thames Street waterfront in Fell's Point, it hosts breathtaking views of the Baltimore Harbor.Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen) is a global energy solutions provider that engineers and implements energy efficiency solutions to lower buildings’ operating costs while improving sustainability.
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