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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commercial tenants include:
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Design Center Philadelphia
National Real Estate Development
Tenant benefits from the site’s design, development and management include:
Cost of less than $1/sq.ft. for utilities
Chestnut Walk, a pedestrian walkway that runs from Market St to Chestnut St