able to pursue the same credits without
the AGMBC, but the program streamlines
the process, saves administrative time
for the tenants, prompts the developer to
consider how strategy decisions will affect
tenants’ green building goals, and encourages tenants to build green by making
it easy for them to achieve certification.
Destiny USA had decided to require tenants
to build to LEED standards, so the program
allowed the developer to make that requirement easily attainable.
By including features such as secure
parking for over 200 bikes, a shower and
changing facility, onsite access to public
transportation, and a green power purchase agreement, Destiny USA was able to
obtain pre-approval of more than half of
the LEED points each tenant would need
to become certified. Destiny USA worked
closely with the USGBC and the Green
Building Certification Institute to ensure
the approval of all necessary documentation
and make it available for each tenant to use
within their LEED application, significantly
reducing the administrative component.
This streamlined process engages tenants in
the LEED process, many for the first time.
For many of the tenants joining Destiny
USA’s expansion, this will be the first LEED-certified location in their portfolio.
Using USGBC’s Application Guide for Multiple Building and On-Campus Building Projects,
the Pyramid Companies built the new 1,350,000-square-foot Destiny USA mall expansion in
Syracuse, N. Y. (scheduled to open this summer), to LEED standards under the 2009 LEED for
Commercial Interiors Rating System while assisting approximately 100 tenant spaces within
to build to the same standards.
In addition to assistance with common
site feature credits, Destiny USA assigned
a tenant coordination team member to
work with each store to determine other
green building strategies that could be integrated into their project. Teams reviewed
everything from lighting fixtures to flooring to identify sustainable solutions.
Melissa Perry, a sustainability consultant
for Destiny USA, served as director of sustainability for Destiny USA for nearly eight years.
Perry ensures that all aspects of the project
remain vigilant to the green principles laid out
by Destiny USA, including construction and
operation of the project without the use
of fossil fuels.
The Melting Pot is working toward LEED certifi-
cation, focusing on interior finishes containing high-
recycled content, FSC-certified wood, low-VOC paint
and adhesives, and energy-efficient lighting.
Deborah Ramos, LEED AP, design manager for Front
Burner Brands, restaurant management for the
Tampa, Fla.-based fondue restaurant chain, says,
“Destiny USA provided us with information on which
credits they felt tenants could achieve, and we tried
to work toward those in our design.”
Melting Pot has been implementing energy-
efficient lighting in its restaurants whenever possible. “It’s the easiest way to
see a fast ROI on a sustainable selection,” Ramos explains. “We are also work-
ing on LED lighting and signage retrofits at several of our existing locations—
some local municipalities are even adding financial incentives to make
P.F. Chang’s, Corpus Christie, Texas
P.F. Chang’s, the China bistro chain based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is aiming for
LEED Silver certification for its 7,500-square-foot space in Destiny USA. This is not
the company’s first foray into LEED territory; its Corpus
Christie, Texas, location received LEED Gold certification
late last year. To reach its current goal for Destiny USA,
P.F. Chang’s is placing a heavy emphasis on energy sav-
ings and water efficiency credits. The restaurant is target-
ing a 25 percent reduction in light power energy and is
adding lighting controls, including occupancy sensors.
HVAC zoning controls, as well as applicances with an
Energy Star rating of 90 percent, will help optimize
energy use. Outdoor air delivery monitoring is intended
to ensure that the ventilation system provides enough
fresh air for occupants. P.F. Chang’s also developed Construction Indoor Air
Quality Management Plans, for both during construction and before occupancy.
Materials that include 10 percent recycled content are also part of the plan, as
are low-emitting adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, and flooring
systems. P.F. Chang’s intends to utilize green power from Destiny USA.