Sustainable Property Management with SSH Real Estate

By Jay Dennis and Isabelle Coupet

Posted July 11, 2019

On Thursday, June 27th, SSH Real Estate (SSH) hosted a partner meeting of the 2030 District, a voluntary, private sector-led effort by the owners, managers, and developers of the city’s largest properties to achieve deep reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions. 

Jeff Engel of SSH led a discussion on the East Market alongside National Real Estate Development’s (National) Charles Norman. SSH is the property manager and National is the developer for the multi-phase development. SSH is one of the newest property partners to commit to the 2030 District. 

What were the presentation's major takeaways?

The value of commissioning

Commissioning ensures that all of the building's systems are functioning as designed, especially when there is a large project team with overlapping responsibilities in design and construction. Its upfront cost is quickly offset by ensuring that a building is operating as efficiently as possible from day one. What's more, each building in the East Market development is equipped with an Albireo Energy building energy management system that allows for continuous commissioning, providing real-time building alerts and data post-occupancy.


The value of collaboration

As the property manager, SSH begins closely collaborating with East Market's project team when each new building is commissioned. SSH's early involvment in the transition from construction to property management gives their team ample time to learn and manage the building systems inside and out before occupants arrive, ensuring smooth, efficient management from day one.


The value of on-site generation

In an effort to increase resiliency against grid outages and natural disasters, National is prioritizing on-site power generation for its portfolio of properties. For East Market, National and SSH are evaluating a transition from diesel back-up generators that have no purpose other than energy power generation to cogeneration units that both provide emergency power and can be used daily.


The value of repurposing 

East Market uses its combined heat & power microturbine by E-Finity Distributed Generation to repurpose waste heat to heat its pool and domestic hot water. Commercial tenants in 1100 Ludlow make efficient use of common area heating and cooling to keep their space energy use low. 


More on the East Market Development 

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What is the vision for East Market?

East Market consists of a 4.3 acre development plan between Chestnut and Market Street in the Center City Philadelphia. The project was kicked off by National nearly ten years ago, and is scheduled to be completed in four phases: 

  • Completed: Two residential towers and an office building, occupied since the summer of 2017

  • Under construction: Boutique hotel with ground floor food and beverage

  • Upcoming: Two additional buildings along Chestnut Street


Key design features: 

The three completed buildings have received LEED Silver Certification, aided in part by its accesibility to public transit and the sites walkability. Centralization of underground loading docks for deliveries, trash and recycling allows for activation of street-level space for pedestrian routes and plazas throughout the development. This design also increases foot traffic around retail establishments. 

East Market's 1100 Ludlow is committed to the 2030 District goals

Commercial tenants include: 

  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

  • Design Center Philadelphia

  • National Real Estate Development

  • Wework


Tenant benefits from the site’s design, development and management include:

  • Cost of less than $1/sq.ft. for utilities

  • Operable windows

  • Chestnut Walk, a pedestrian walkway that runs from Market St to Chestnut St

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