Brickell building a world champ on being green


There’s reason to celebrate — 600 Brickell at Brickell World Plaza, a new 40-story office building, was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest certification of LEED Platinum. The building not only is Florida’s first Class-A office building to receive this designation, but one of barely a dozen in the world.

A tip of the hat to Loretta Cockrum, founder of the developer Foram Group, and her team of visionaries for seeing the project through a challenging economy. They created a building that conserves electricity, recycles most of its own water and includes state-of-the-art environmental monitoring systems. This kind of building isn’t just desirable, but necessary. Sustainability isn’t just a slogan in a major coastal city that relies on the delicate Biscayne Aquifer — which serves 6 million people — for water.

All of us in the business of building need to raise our game to meet the growing demands of this crossroads of continents.

Stephen D. Chang, chairman, U.S. Green Building Council/Miami-Dade, Miami

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