MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 20, 2012) – United Properties announced today that Ford Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Located at 420 Fifth St., Minneapolis, Ford Center received LEED Gold certification based on a number of important achievements, including high-efficiency mechanical systems that utilize a state-of-the-art under floor air delivery system; extraordinary daylight due to Ford Center’s large, fully restored windows; proximity to mass transit such as LRT and commuter rail services; and use of sustainable remodeling materials.

“Achieving LEED Gold certification was always one of our goals with the renovation of Ford Center, so we’re very pleased to have achieved Gold certification on this historic building,” said Bill Katter, executive vice president, United Properties.

Ford Center was built in 1912 and previously home to Ford Motor Company’s vertical assembly plant and showroom. United Properties recently completed a historic renovation of the 265,000-sq.-ft. building. The office building is 99.5 percent leased.

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United Properties has been creating deep roots in the commercial real estate industry for more than 100 years. The company imagines new possibilities in real estate to help enrich communities and create lasting legacies. United Properties provides market expertise for ground-up development, redevelopment and acquisitions of value-add and stable investments. The company invests in and develops office, industrial, retail, mixed-use and senior housing properties. United Properties is owned by the Pohlad Companies and is headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Denver and Austin, Texas.



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