ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leader in banking and commerce solutions, today announced that its Global Headquarters in Midtown Atlanta has been awarded two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certifications, for Building Design and Construction: Core & Shell and Interior Design and Construction: Commercial Interiors. In partnership with Cousins Properties and other project partners, NCR’s innovative Global Headquarters is one of the first projects to be awarded two of the highest LEED certification levels for the same building.
“From the initial designs of our building, NCR wanted to develop an environmentally sustainable workplace,” said Mike Hayford, NCR President and Chief Executive Officer. “Earning dual LEED Platinum certifications demonstrates our commitment to provide our employees with efficient, productive and healthy places to work, and we are proud to be one of the first to achieve this certification.”
“In Atlanta, we have a vision of being a top-tier sustainable city and it is thrilling when companies are like-minded on conserving resources and improving quality of life while supporting 21st-century jobs in the Southeast,” said Atlanta Chief Resiliency Officer Amol Naik. “We are proud NCR has a world-class facility when it comes to corporate sustainability and I am proud NCR and its employees call Atlanta home.”
NCR achieved LEED Platinum certifications for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. During the interior buildout, more than 87 percent of construction waste was recycled. The building is expected to use 35 percent less water and 30 percent less energy than a typical office. The building achieved LEED Platinum for both the renovation of the exterior Core and Shell, as well as the Commercial Interior.
“It is extremely rewarding working with NCR in our shared commitment to sustainability as we focus on developing high-performing assets to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Colin Connolly, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cousins Properties. “We are thrilled that the extensive work of our teams and partners has resulted in an Interior Platinum certification for Spring at 8th in addition to the Core & Shell Platinum certification earned earlier this year.”
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 95,800 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 20 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 167 countries and territories.
“Two LEED Platinum certifications for one project is a unique accomplishment, with less than ten projects touting that honor at this moment. The work of innovative building projects such as NCR’s Global Headquarters is a sign of innovative and dedicated leadership and a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, design and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC President and Chief Executive Officer.
NCR Corporation is proud to have collaborated with Cousins Properties and other key partners including JLL, Duda|Paine and HKS for the base building architect team, Gensler for the interior architect, as well as Integral Group, AHA Engineers, WorkingBuildings, Kimley-Horn, Uzun + Case, HGOR, Holder Construction, and HITT Contracting and many more.
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m., USGBC will present NCR and Cousins Properties with its dual LEED Platinum award at NCR’s North Tower Lobby in Atlanta. Mike Hayford, NCR President and CEO, along with representatives from USGBC and Cousins Properties will attend.
About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in banking and commerce solutions, powering incredible experiences that make life easier. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables 760 million transactions daily across financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with 34,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.
About Cousins Properties
Cousins Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company, based in Atlanta, GA and acting through its operating partnership, Cousins Properties LP, primarily invests in Class A office towers located in high growth Sun Belt markets. Founded in 1958, Cousins creates shareholder value through its extensive expertise in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of high-quality real estate assets. The Company has a comprehensive strategy in place based on a simple platform, trophy assets and opportunistic investments. For more information, please visit www.cousins.com.