2012 Finalist: The All-Rounder

The most improved building across multiple sustainability categories.

Who led the charge

Vadim Goland
Asset Manager, TIAA-CREF


Vadim oversees the Prominence in Buckhead building and is a member of TIAA-CREF Global Real Estate team. Vadim has supported Kimberly Smith to integrate TIAA-CREF's Global Real Estate Sustainability Initiative into all building operations to improve energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling efforts.

Prominence in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
Commercial Office Building - 424,000 sq ft.

Prominence in Buckhead is an 18-story office building with 424,000 rentable square feet on a 12-acre site- the largest amount of green space of any building in Atlanta’s Buckhead market. Built in 1999, the building is 95% leased to 23 tenants, with a few large leases responsible for a majority of the space. 

Prominence in Buckhead’s operations consumed a large amount of energy and water, and the site was not designed in a way that effectively managed stormwater runoff. When a new management team came on board in 2009, they took several steps to improve performance. 

Many of the measures were simple operational changes that added up to considerable cost savings. Coordinating with the janitorial and maintenance staff, they instituted a checklist to ensure that lights and equipment are turned off at nights and on weekends. They also adjusted set points on thermostats, installed occupancy sensors and changed light bulbs to more energy efficient models. Another major success was the management team’s success in dramatically changing occupant behavior regarding recycling and waste disposal.


Danny Butler | Chief Property Engineer, Jones Lang LaSalle
Troy Scanlan | MKG
Rob Shults | Vice President, Equity Office Properties
Kimberly Smith | General Property Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle
Drew Yetter | Consultant, JDM Associates

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