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Corpus Christi, Texas -- Trademark Property said Thursday that its La Palmera shopping center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver for Core and Shell 2.0 established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Acquired in partnership with International Mall Investors in July 2008, the 1-million-sq.-ft. regional mall located in Corpus Christi is the first in the U.S. to receive the designation.
“We are very pleased to receive LEED Silver certification for La Palmera,” said Trademark Property chairman-CEO Terry Montesi. “This means that, in addition to aesthetic changes, the redevelopment design also reduces the mall’s impact on the environment through improved water and energy efficiency, and higher indoor air quality for shoppers and tenants. The plans we put into place benefit everyone.”
As part of its requirements for LEED certification, La Palmera has developed a “green” tour showcasing the various LEED efforts incorporated into the mall and highlighting their benefits. Signage has been installed throughout the property to educate guests on the mall’s green efforts.
La Palmera is anchored by Dillard’s, J.C. Penney and Macy’s. It is the first mall to be certified LEED-CS Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. Following a $50 million renovation, the mall features a new outdoor main entrance featuring P.F. Chang’s and Grimaldi’s, 600-seat food court with a 4,500-gallon feature aquarium and a children’s ocean-themed play area.