USGBC Environmental Award Presented for FBI Building in Chicago

Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Regional Facility, located in Chicago, Illinois, officially received a Platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EBOM) award from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The ceremony took place Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the building's Art Lobby.

David Reahl, Executive Director, North Central Region for USAA Real Estate Company, offered opening remarks and introduced guest speakers to include Sam Mitts, Executive Managing Director for USAA Real Estate Company; Robert Grant, Special Agent in charge, FBI; Patrick G. Findlay, Assistant Director, FBI Washington D.C.; David Hood, Assistant Regional Administrator for the General Services Administration (GSA) and Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chairman. Other USAA Real Estate Company representatives in attendance included, Brenna Walraven, Managing Director and Facility Director, Rick Pospisil. Rick Fedrizzi of the USGBC presented the award.

The facility is USGBC's first LEED EBOM Platinum recipient in the world, as well as the first in Chicago to receive such distinction. The project utilized USAA Real Estate Company's sustainability platform to reduce carbon emissions, promote tenant satisfaction and awareness, improve operating cost efficiency and enhance property values. "This accomplishment is not just a culmination of the efforts of everyone on our team, but also a measure of our efforts to drive the business case for efficiency and sustainability," said USAA Real Estate Company Chairman and CEO Pat Duncan when the award was announced last December.

USAA Real Estate Company oversees more than $5 billion in assets and provides co-investment and acquisition services for corporate and institutional investors as well as capital to developers across the U.S. The USAA Real Estate Company portfolio includes properties within the office, industrial, retail, multi-family and hotel sectors. USAA Real Estate is a subsidiary of USAA, one of America's leading financial services companies, serving military families since 1922. For more information, please visit www.usrealco.com.

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