LEED: Lovin’ Every Exquisite Detail

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2010 at 11:39 am

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the showing of the brand spankin’ new office and residential spaces at 17Seventeen McKinney Ave., otherwise known as Park 17.  IREM invited local property managers and other real estate types to attend the tour, sponsored by Knight Restoration and Precision Landscape Management.

Gables residential tower reflected in windows of 17Seventeen McKinney

17Seventeen McKinney is the first Dallas high-rise building to be pre-certified LEED Gold in core and shell.  A pretty big deal in such a major city.  The neighboring building, the Gables residential tower, is pursuing its LEED New Construction certification.

Tired of hearing about LEED?  Better get used to it.  But take heart, it’s actually pretty cool.  All incoming tenants to 17Seventeen will automatically meet more stringent water requirements of LEED v3 Commercial Interiors.  And something else I learned is that the office building itself does not operate with a central chiller.  Nope, each floor has its own self-contained HVAC unit (otherwise known as a SCUD).  And 35% of power to the building is purchased from renewable resources.

The office tower is 12% occupied and 20% leased and, I must say, quite beautiful.  The lobby itself had me at hello.  The designers didn’t miss a single exquisite detail.

Ca-razy nice lobby at 17Seventeen McKinney

The Gables residential tower is something you imagine in your head when reading John Grisham novels about high-rolling attorneys.  If they lived in Dallas, this is where they would live.  I had to laugh thinking about the first apartment I rented.  No shag carpet or popcorn ceilings here.

And the amenities?  Back in my day, amenities included laundry and mail rooms.  At the Gables, common amenities include a theater room, a Wii room, a poker room, a reservable dining room for entertaining, and a business center, not to mention the “park” that sits between the office tower and the Gables towers.

Theater Room at the Gables

Theater room at the Gables

Dining room at the Gables

Dining room at the Gables

View from the park at the Gables

As you walk along the hallways of the Gables, you see artwork everywhere.  Every piece is the product of a local Dallas artist.  Any piece you like is available for purchase.

Artwork by local Dallas artist

All-in-all an eye-opening view of urban working and living for this suburb dweller.  And you can’t beat catering by Monica’s Aca Y Ala!  Thanks for the invite, IREM!

Mmmmm.... Monica's....

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