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New Building with Plant-Covered Green Roof Gets LEED Gold Certification

Katy Medical Plaza, a new building with a green roof,  has been award LEED Gold.

Katy Medical Plaza, a new building with a green roof, has been awarded LEED Gold certification.

HOUSTON – Katy Medical Plaza, a new building with green rooftop vegetation, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building’s developer, Jacob White Construction Co. is represented by Transwestern Senior Vice President Tim Gregory.

Katy Medical Plaza is a 150,000-square-foot, three-building medical office development in Katy, Texas. Phase II is scheduled for completion by December 2015 and expected to receive LEED Gold certification in 2016. Phase III of construction is slated to commence in fourth-quarter 2016. The property is located at the corner of Kingsland Boulevard and Cobia Drive with easy access to both the Grand Parkway and Katy Freeway, in close proximity to five major hospital systems.

“Our strategic location, focus on environmental health and energy efficiency has been well-received by our medical tenants,” said Jeff Mickler, president of Jacob White Construction. “Another significant benefit has been our lower operating expenses, which are currently 30 percent less than the average operating expenses of Houston medical office buildings.”

Katy Medical Plaza is the only building in Katy with a green roof, with 95 percent of the base building’s roof covered in vegetation. Other LEED efforts at the building include:

  • 63 percent potable water use for sewage reduction
  • 100 percent electricity through renewable power
  • 90 percent of the construction waste diverted from landfill.

Phase I of Katy Medical Plaza has been awarded Gold LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

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