Tower Receives Green Lease Leader Recognition

Rockville, MD – June 26, 2018
Tower receives national recognition from the US Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance and The Institute for Market Transformation for its high performance leasing practices that drive energy savings and

Tower Receives First Fitwel Residential Certification in the World

Rockville, MD – May 2, 2018
The Pearl in metro Washington, DC, enhances resident health and wellbeing, becoming the first-ever multifamily residential building certified globally.

The Tower Companies Becomes a Fitwel Champion

Rockville, MD – January 11, 2018
The Tower Companies announces that it has made a commitment as a newly recognized Fitwel Champion.

IMT and DOE’s Green Lease Leaders Honored at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit

Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2017
The Tower Companies received the Team Transaction Recognition from Green Lease Leaders.

Better Buildings Challenge Partners Save $1.9 Billion

Washington, D.C. – May 16, 2017
US DOE announced energy-efficiency progress made by 345 leading public and private sector organization in the Better Buildings Challenge.

New Silver Spring Apartment Building Invites Residents to “Live Wisely”

Rockville, MD – May 16, 2017

Washington, D.C.-based real estate developer, The Tower Companies, is pleased to announce the delivery of 284 brand new residential units at The Pearl, Silver Spring’s newest luxury apartment building.

The Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises Announce NIKA Relocation to 2000 Tower Oaks

Rockville, MD – January 12, 2017
NIKA has signed a 17,042 square foot lease to expand and relocate their company headquarters’ to the award-winning 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. Building.

The Tower Companies Receives ‘Firm of the Year’ Award at the NAIOP DC l MD Chapter’s 14th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala

Rockville, MD – October 18, 2016
The prestigious award commends excellence and professional leadership within the industry as well as service to the local economy and community organizations.

The Tower Companies participates in the 5th annual International Green Apple Day of Service to serve local Montgomery County Schools

Rockville, MD – September 15, 2016
The Tower Companies is pleased to announce that nearly 100 employees and partners came together to participate in the  5th Annual Community Service Project, in Silver Spring.

The Tower Companies Achieves LEED Gold Certification Under LEED Dynamic Plaque at 1707 L Street

Rockville, MD – September 13, 2016
The Tower Companies announced today that it has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification under the LEED for Dynamic Plaque at 1707 L Street NW.

The Tower Companies Achieves LEED Gold Recertification Under O+M: Existing Buildings v4 at 1828 L St., NW

Rockville, MD – August 23, 2016
The Tower Companies announced today that it has received a recertification of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Management

The Millennium Building Wins Outstanding Building of the Year Earth Award

Rockville, MD – May 2, 2016
The Tower Companies announced today that The Millennium Building is the recipient of the TOBY Earth Award, in addition to the Regional Grand TOBY Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

The Tower Companies and Clark Construction Celebrate the “Topping Out Ceremony” for The Pearl

Rockville, MD – April 27, 2016
The Tower Companies and Clark Construction hosted a special “Topping Out” event for The Pearl.

The Tower Companies Welcomes Susan Resutek, CPA as Director of Tax

Rockville, MD – April 5, 2016
The Tower Companies today announced that Susan Resutek has joined the team as Director of Tax.

Hudson Cook LLC Moves to The Millennium Building

Washington, DC – March 24, 2016
The Tower Companies and CBRE Group, Inc. today announce Hudson Cook, LLP has leased 19,963 s.f. at 1909 K Street, NW, Washington, DC.

The Tower Companies Welcomes The Slate Group to 1707 L Street

Rockville, MD – February 29, 2016
The Tower Companies and Transwestern today announce The Slate Group has leased 9,038 s.f. at 1707 L Street, NW, Washington, DC.

The Tower Companies Names Sri Velamati COO

Rockville, MD – October 13, 2015
The Tower Companies (Tower) announced today that Sri Velamati has been appointed to Chief Operating Officer, a new position within Tower.

Tower Companies Receives 2015 Healthiest Company Award

Washington, D.C. – September 18, 2015
Washington SmartCEO honored The Tower Companies as one of the area’s Healthiest Companies at an event with nearly 200 other CEOs and decision makers on Sept. 1, 2015.

A Pearl Comes to Silver Spring

Rockville, MD. – April 20, 2015
The Tower Companies broke ground today for The Pearl, a new high-rise residential building in downtown Silver Spring.

Tower Companies Launches Largest Solar Array of its Kind

Rockville, MD – January 20, 2015
The Tower Companies and Direct Energy Solar™ recently flipped the switch on a newly installed Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system.

The Rothschild Group Leases an Ultimate Suite at Washington Square

Washington, D.C. – October 14, 2014
The Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises proudly announce that The Rothschild Group has leased an Ultimate Suite at Washington Square, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Manat Phelps & Phillips Leases at Washington Square

Washington, D.C. – September 15, 2014
The Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises proudly announce that Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP has leased 37,500 square feet at Washington Square.

Stanford Grill to Open in Rockville

Rockville, MD – August 25, 2014
The Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises proudly announce that Stanford Grill will open a new restaurant at 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard in Rockville, Maryland.

Tower Companies Promotes Raju Luitel

Rockville, MD – July 25, 2014
The Tower Companies announced today the promotion of Raju Luitel from Accountant to Assistant Comptroller.

Tower Companies Named 2014 Green Lease Leader

Rockville, MD – May 6, 2014
The Tower Companies announces today that they have been named inaugural Green Lease Leaders by the Institute for Market Transformation and the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance.

Tower Companies Recognized as DOE Better Buildings Challenge Partner

Rockville, MD – December 18, 2013
The Tower Companies announces that it has been recognized the US-DOE for its commitment to reduce energy by 20% by 2020 as part of the Better Buildings Challenge.

Design Collective Chosen for Blairs Redevelopment

Rockville, MD – December 10, 2013
The Tower Companies has engaged Design Collective to design the first two residential towers of the 27-acre Blairs Redevelopment in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Blairs Wins 2013 PMA Pace Award

Rockville, MD – October 24, 2013
The Tower Companies announced that The Blairs has won the 2013 Pace Awards for “Innovative Community” for the Lifestyle Program from Property Management Association (PMA”).

1050 K Certified LEED Platinum

Bethesda, MD – October 23, 2013
The Lenkin Company and The Tower Companies Announce 1050 K Street Certified LEED® EBOM Platinum.

Tower Companies Greens Sligo Middle School

Rockville, MD – September 27, 2013
The Tower Companies 2nd Annual Volunteer Day turned out over 50 volunteers to participate in USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service.

Tower Announces Executive Promotions

Rockville, MD – September 6, 2013
The Tower Companies announces 12 executive promotions.

Tower Companies wins 2013 DC Mayor’s Sustainability Award

Rockville, MD – July 26, 2013
The Tower Companies announces that it is the winner of two awards:  2013 DC Mayor’s Sustainability Award, and the USGBC Awards of Excellence Sustainable Business of the year.

Millennium Building and 1828 L Street Designated BOMA 360 Performance Buildings

Rockville, MD – June 17, 2013
The Tower Companies announces that The Millennium Building, located at 1909 K Street, NW, and 1828 L Street have been designated BOMA 360 Performance Buildings.

Tower Companies Supports National Employee Wellness Month

Rockville, MD – June 3, 2013
The Tower Companies announces it has pledged support for, and will participate in, the 5th Annual National Employee Wellness Month.

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard Receives International Recognition

Rockville, MD – May 6, 2013
The Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises announce that 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard has been selected as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world.

Tower Companies Wins Three 2012 AtSite Engineer Awards

Rockville, MD – April 18, 2013
The Tower Companies won three of the eight awards for their aggressive energy reduction plan at the 2nd Annual AtSite Engineer Awards, honoring hardworking building engineers.

Tower Companies Wins 2011 CEL A-List Award

Rockville, MD – April 16, 2013
The Tower Companies announced that they are the winners of the CEL & Associates, Inc.’s National Commercial Real Estate Customer Service Award for Excellence, for their entire portfolio.

USGBC Re-Certifies The Tower Building and 1909 K LEED Gold

Rockville, MD – April 16, 2013
The Tower Companies announced that they received LEED® EBOM Gold Re-Certification for The Tower Building  and 1909 K Street.

Tower Companies Announces Master Plan for The Blairs

Rockville, MD – February 14, 2013
The Tower Companies announced that The Blairs, located in downtown Silver Spring, will be transformed into a vibrant mixed-use, transit-oriented smart-growth community.

Tower Companies’ The Blairs First Multi-Family USGBC Certified LEED Gold

Rockville, MD – August 7, 2012
The Tower Companies announced today that The Blairs residential campus is the first Multi-Family to receive LEED® Gold Certification under the Multiple Building and On-Campus Building Group

USGBC Certifies Blair Towns First Multi-Family LEED-EBOM Platinum in World

Rockville, MD – July 13, 2011
The Tower Companies announce today that the USGBC has certified Blair Towns LEED® Platinum under the EBOM rating system.

Design Creates Fortune: 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard

Rockville, MD – April 12, 2010
Harvard Business School studies 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard.

The Pearl, Design Collective

The Journal of the American Institute of Architects| November 7, 2018

The Guru Next Door

Departures | November, 2018

Wellness-Focused Communities Take Resident Health to Next Level

Multifamily Executive | September 4, 2018

Utopic Wellness Communities are a Multibillion-Dollar Real Estate Trend

Fast Company | January 24, 2018

Seamless Integration: The Blairs Master Plan

USGBC+ Magazine | March 24, 2017

Nika to move its HQ to region’s first LEED platinum office

Washington Business Journal | January 27, 2017

Where We Live: Luxury apartments in Silver Spring begin leasing

Washington Post | January 17, 2017

Virtual Reality in Real Estate Grows Thanks to One D.C. Developer

Curbed D.C. | December 22, 2016

The First Phase of Tower Cos 3.8M SF The Blairs is Nearly Complete

Bisnow | December 15, 2016

360 View of Performance Excellence: Community Thrives in the Millennium Building

BOMA International Magazine | November/December, 2016

The Tower Companies enhances outdoor classroom for Green Apple Day of Service

USGBC – Center for Green Schools | October 13, 2016

Temporary Park to Open near Silver Spring Metro Station

WTOP News | July 15, 2016

Regional TOBY Earth Winner: The Millennium Building

Green Building & Design Magazine | July/August 2016

In Silver Spring, Tower Thinks Long Term on Sustainability | May 24, 2016

Tower Wins 2015 Toby Earth Award from AOBA

Inside AOBA | July/August 2015

SR Inc. names The Tower Companies SBER Outstanding Corporate Landlord 2014

Sustainability Roundtable | February 5, 2015

USGBC NCR recognizes Tower for #GivingTuesday Initiative

USGBC National Capital Region | December 2, 2014

Veloce on fast track to open at 1828 L Street

BizJournals | November 11, 2014

Against tide of micro-units in Silver Spring

Washington Post | June 22, 2014

The Blairs rebirth in sight

BizJournals | June 12, 2014

The Blairs getting a remake

Bisnow | June 11, 2014

Landlords getting in the wellness business

BizJournals | June 4, 2014

Tower wins 2013 CEL Award three years in a row

CityBizList | May 21, 2014

Green Lease Leader recognition

Green Real Estate Law Journal | May 14, 2014

Tower named 2014 Green Lease Leader

CityBizList | May 6, 2014

Better Business Challenge

U.S. Department of  Energy | Spring 2014

Debbie Webb – Executive Insight

PMA Bulletin | March 2014

Tower Announces 3.8MSF Redevelopment

CityBizList | November 11, 2013

The Suite Life of the Lerners & Abramsons

Bisnow |October 9, 2013

The Tower Companies take on The Blairs

Bisnow | October 7, 2013

Tower to Seek Approval for Blair Redevelopment

BizJournals | September 20, 2013

Eric Posner speaks at Real Estate Bisnow

Bisnow | September 13, 2013

My Story: Jeffrey Abramson

Bisnow | July 29, 2013

The Blairs Master Plan

The Architects Newspaper | July 10, 2013

Back Page Extra covers White Event hosted by Abramson Family

Washington Business Journal | June 21, 2013

Bing in the Burbs

The Architects Newspaper | February 27, 2013

Tower Announces Master Plan in Silver Spring

MultiFamilyBiz | February 14, 2013

Tower to Launch Major Redevelopment in Silver Spring

BizJournals | February 13, 2013

Blairs Headed for Major Overhaul

Washington Post | February 13, 2013

The Power of Choosing Happiness at Work

bizHumm | February 2015

Food Scrap Recycling at Multi-Family Properties

The Blairs launches a food scrap recycling program.

Green Lease Leaders: Using the Lease to Make Buildings More Healthy and Efficient

The Tower Companies’ efforts to earn the first ever Fitwel health and wellness certification for a multifamily residential building while incorporating green building guidelines and requirements into its residential lease.

The Pearl Becomes First Residential Building to Earn Fitwel Certification

The Tower Companies became a Fitwel Champion in early 2018,
supporting their commitment to not only build and operate healthy
commercial and residential properties, but to also inspire the real
estate industry to prioritize health in the design and development
process. Since achieving a Fitwel 2 Star Rating for The Pearl, The
Tower Companies has started applying Fitwel to its commercial office
properties in Maryland.

Building A Successful Green Lease: A Tool to Drive Smarter Building Investments (2017)

The Tower Companies, a Green Lease Leader since 2014, partnered with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) to develop this infographic that details how owners can incorporate sustainability best practices into the lease. Tower has executed over 1 million square feet of green leases in their commercial office portfolio. Tower’s Millennium Building in Washington, DC, which has green leases in over 95% of it leased space, serves as the example in this infographic.

Better Building Challenge Showcase: The Blairs Office Building

The Blair Office Building is a multi-tenant commercial office building, built in 1963, with seven-stories above grade and one floor below grade. As part of their commitment o the Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge, to reduce energy and water usage by 20% by 2020, The Tower Companies spent several years optimizing outdated systems and implementing a portfolio-wide strategic energy management program to establish benchmarks and goals, develop energy conservation measures (ECMs), and track progress through real-time data, analytics, training, and stakeholder engagement.

Profiting from the Sun: How Building Developers Can Unlock the Country’s Largest Potential for Renewable Energy (2016)

In 2014, The Tower Companies (“Tower”) completed the first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on a large, class A office building in Washington, D.C. The system size is 30kW and is visibly located on the roof terrace of The Millennium Building, a 12-story property located in the downtown business area of the District of Columbia.

Increasing Tenant Engagement Through Plug Load Management (2016)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), plug and process loads (PPLs) consume about one-third of energy in commercial buildings. Tower sought out expertise from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a DC-based nonprofit that promotes energy efficiency in buildings, and the Waypoint Building Group, a software and analytics provider for commercial real estate for solutions to reduce plug and process load energy in their multi-tenant office building, The Millennium Building.

The Clear Plath to Reduced Impact (2016)

Working with the DCSEU in 2015, Tower replaced more than 850 lamps and fixtures in the parking garage and below-grade back of house areas with high quality, ENERGY STAR and Design Lights Consortium (DLC) qualified lifetime warrantied LEDs.

Take Building Efficiency to a New Level: Reducing Water Consumption by 45% (2016)

The Tower Companies implemented a real-time water monitoring pilot program at a multi-tenant office building in 2015 and blew its goal out of the water (pun intended).  Within a year, the team documented total water use reduction of 45% and the project had a payback of less than 6 months.

Implementing Solar in Leased Office Buildings (2015)

The Tower Companies is a developer and owner of multi-tenant office, multifamily, retail, and mixed-use lifestyle properties in the National Capital Area. Tower is committed to being an environmental leader in the real estate industry and is continuously striving to find opportunities to engage with stakeholders on sustainability. To help achieve this goal and attract sustainability conscious tenants, the Tower Companies pursued the first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on a large, class A office building in Washington, D.C.

Getting the Green Out: Key Finds and Recommendations from NRDC Workshops on Promoting Green Stormwater Infrastructure on Commercial Property (2015)

As a follow-up to The Green Edge, NRDC engaged with interested representatives of the commercial real estate sector to explore how property owners and developers think about GSI and conducted a workshop to develop and prioritize recommendations for implementing GSI at commercial development sites. GSI includes green roofs, rain gardens, cisterns, and other mechanisms that mimic natural hydrologic functions or that otherwise capture runoff on-site for productive use.  Our Director of Corporate Responsibility, Eugenia Gregorio, was a participant in the workshop that resulted in this report and guidance being published by NRDC.

Benchmarked: An Energy Case Study from Tower Companies (2015)

The Tower Companies started tracking building energy and water usage because it’s an opportunity to ensure efficient operations, reduce operating costs, compare our performance against similar buildings, and attract like-minded clients.   Many local jurisdictions have started to require annual benchmarking including Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, MD.  In an effort to encourage and educate other building owners to understand the process and benefits for energy reporting, Tower completed a short case study questionnaire in partnership with Montgomery County’s Department of the Environment.

2014 Greenbuild Research Paper: Real Time Energy Management: Year 1 Results and Year 2 Persistence Results

Even the best commercial buildings have “operational stray” – sensors break, schedules are wrong for the season, and switches are set to manual. NRDC’s 2013 report on The Tower Companies’ Real-Time Energy Management project provided detail on how Tower worked with AtSite to identify and correct stray in three of Tower’s commercial office buildings, reduced the costs of the program while producing savings, determined other values for Tower, and established lessons learned for others exploring similar programs.  In this paper, we review certain key findings from the NRDC report and provide information from Tower and AtSite that offer a glimpse of the second year of the on-going program.  Preliminary information (collected by Tower and AtSite) suggests the energy savings seen in the first year appear to persist through year two using similar methods as described in the NRDC Report.  Based on Tower and AtSite reports of progress working with building teams, we provide an update to certain lessons learned, with an emphasis on engaging building staff.

Leveraging Green Leases to Reduce Energy and Water Use (2014)

The Tower Companies has been a dedicated partner of the DOE Better Buildings Challenge since 2013 and is committed to reducing energy and water 20% by 2020.   As part of this partnership, Tower worked with the DOE team to create a case study about the benefits of implementing a Green Lease as a tool to help other industry partners.

Case Study for D.C. Mayor’s Sustainability Awards (2013)

The Tower Companies is the first two-time winner of the 2013 and 2009 DC Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award, which were both earned for demonstrating outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainable practices that support the city’s Sustainable DC initiative. This is a short case study highlighting Tower’s sustainability efforts and positive environmental impact.

Real-Time Energy Management: A Case Study of Three Large Commercial Office Buildings in Washington, D.C. (2013)

This case study examines the energy management initiative implemented by The Tower Companies,  in three large, multi-tenant office buildings it owns and operates in downtown Washington, D.C. This case study found that Tower’s real-time energy management initiative achieved a 13.2 percent reduction in energy use over three buildings, showing that substantial gains are possible when building owners operate their buildings with attention devoted to reducing wasted energy use.

Design Creates Fortune: 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (2010)

A real estate developer assesses its ability to capture the benefits of investing in LEED Platinum, Vedic Design, and EnergyStar components in new buildings. The building at 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard in Rockville, Maryland is said to be the healthiest building in the National Capital Region. Does this matter? The case takes a deep look at many of the critical on-the-ground issues involved with innovative real estate development.

For more information and to obtain the case study, click here.

Urban Land Institute: Case Study on The Tower Building (2004)

With the development of the Tower Building, the Tower Companies sought to create a premier corporate office environment for the booming high-tech market. The Tower Building was planned as a cutting-edge office facility within a mixed-use, high-tech campus called Tower Oaks. But Tower Companies partner Jeffrey Abramson wanted the building to be more than that. With a strong personal interest in protecting the environment, Abramson saw an opportunity to develop a “learning building” that would embody environmentally responsible development principles and enhance worker productivity and well-being.

NRDC Case Study: Blair Towns LEED Platinum® (2004)

The Tower Companies certified the first LEED® multi-family apartments in the U.S. called Blair Towns. The Blair Towns is a 78-unit apartment community located at The Blairs in Silver Spring, Maryland and represents a “Smart Growth” approach to multi-family development.   This case study was completed by NRDC and highlights sustainability efforts made by Tower to achieve LEED Certification.

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
  • 30 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
  • 85% 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

Recent Awards & Accomplishments

  • Winner of the Property Management Association’s “Leasing Professional Rising Star” Award (January 2017)
  • Winner of NAIOP MD I DC Chapter’s “Firm of The Year” (October 2016)
  • Achieved LEED Gold Certification Under LEED Dynamic Plaque at 1707 L Street
  • Achieves LEED Gold Recertification Under O+M: Existing Buildings v4 at 1828 L St., NW
  • Winner of the Regional TOBY Award – Earth Building category, The Millennium Building (April 2016)
  • Finalist for Company Leader Award at 2015 USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Awards (January 2016)
  • AtSite’s My Building Rocks Award: Jim Lewis named “Most Energy Efficient VP of Engineering” (January 2016)
  • Finalist for the Champion category of The BOLD Awards: Eugenia Gregorio, Director of Corporate Responsibility. (November 2015)
  • SmartCEO Healthiest Employer Award (September 2015)
  • The Toby of the Year Award (Local TOBY) Earth Building Category, The Millennium Building (June 2015)

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