Sofia Airport Center Grabs 2 of Bulgaria's 'Building of the Year' Awards

Properties | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 15:57|  views

Tishman International Companies' Sofia Airport Center (SAC) has captured two awards in the 11th national "Building of the Year" contest, sponsored by the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development.

SAC, which is Bulgaria's first commercial Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified development, garnered awards in two categories: "Public Buildings with Business Functions" and "Green Buildings."

"We are pleased that Sofia Airport Center has been recognized with these prestigious awards," said Alan D. Levy, Chairman of Los Angeles-based Tishman International Companies, SAC's developer and owner/operator. "We believe this development will serve as an example for future commercial projects in Bulgaria."

"We saw the potential in the Bulgarian market many years ago. I am proud we managed to be successful not only in the means of our own development, but by attracting international companies to be our tenants and expand their business in the country," said Julian Edwards, Tishman's European Managing Director.

Awards were presented at a ceremony attended by representatives of leading companies and institutions associated with construction of the most cutting-edge buildings and urban developments throughout Bulgaria.

One of the key points towards achieving this success was the choice of our subcontractors and partners involved in the construction of the Office Building A2. Siemens provided a modern, automated building management system (BMS). The unique Variable Air Volume (VAV) HVAC system is managed by the BMS, which allows a complete control of the environmental conditions and the energy consumption. The intelligent building management system by Siemens, which meets the international standards of LEED and BREAM, makes Sofia Airport Center one of the most energy-efficient business complexes in our nation and Eastern Europe.

"For every building, it is critical to achieve optimal comfort with minimum energy costs, which is a key indicator for the energy efficiency of the building", said Plamen Pavlov, Project Manager Building Technologies at Siemens Bulgaria.

"The precise and economical use of energy is the main advantage in adopting such a system. The functions of the BMS system used in Sofia Airport Center, offer class A+ energy efficiency and ROI in short term period," he added.

SAC consists of 180,000 square meters (1.8-million square feet) of Class A office space and 30,000 square meters (301,489 square-feet) of logistics and warehouse space, which feature state-of-the-art security and safety systems. Future plans call for a high-quality, 175-room hotel with recreational, dining and conference facilities, as well as additional logistics space.

Tishman International Companies is currently active in the United States, United Kingdom and Central & Eastern Europe including Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. The firm specializes, in the acquisition, development, management and financing of commercial real estate. Tishman has been a consultant and joint venture partner to some of the world's leading institutions and private investors and has recently been appointed by a UK Fund to provide asset and development management services for a portfolio of 12 properties located in Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia.

In 1986, Tishman International established its European headquarters in London, England. Since then, the company has developed and managed in excess of six million square feet of premier office and commercial space in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Tishman has provided acquisition and management expertise for millions of square feet of prime real estate assets in Europe, including several Supermarket Centres in the Czech Republic for an International Supermarket Company.

Its roster of clients and partners has included Metropolitan Life, New York Life, Teachers Insurance, Bank of America, Grosvenor International, Citibank, American Express, Fidelity Investments, Lend Lease, HVB Real Estate, and many others.

The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Zug, Switzerland) is the world leader in the market for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management. With around 29,000 employees worldwide, Building Technologies generated revenue of 5.8 billion Euro.

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