BBVA Compass has announced plans to build a new eco-friendly corporate office building in Houston, which is designed to meet LEED’s gold standard requirements. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is an internationally recognized “green building” rating and certification system. Gold is the second highest certification level in the rating system.
The new facility enables BBVA Compass to centralize operations that are currently located in four different offices throughout the Greater Houston area, including its Op and Tech center in Port West. The move will bring much needed jobs to the area.
President and CEO of BBVA Compass, Manolo Sanchez, who also serves as BBVA United States Country Manager, explains, “Combining our corporate offices into centralized locations in key markets such as Houston, Dallas and Birmingham is a natural evolution in the integration of our U.S. banking franchise. In addition to the eco-friendly design and state-of-the-art technology of the new building, bringing together our employees into a single location will foster a more open communication channel and sharing of ideas amongst our team.”
The LEED rating system provides third-party verification that a building, or community, was designed and built using strategies intended to improve energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to environmental impact. Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
BBVA Compass expects to begin occupancy of the Houston building by the end of the first quarter of 2013, with groundbreaking scheduled for May 2011.
To see a major corporation make the change towards operating “greener” is a positive sign and hopefully an indication of what others ought to be doing to pave a better future for our children.
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