Astellas' New Headquarters for the Americas Awarded LEED Gold Certification

 Astellas' New Headquarters for the Americas Awarded LEED Gold Certification

PR Newswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 22, 2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Astellas Pharma US, Inc. today
announced that its new headquarters for the Americas, located at the northwest
corner of I-294 and Willow Road in Northbrook, has been awarded LEED Gold
certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED, which stands
for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is one of the primary
rating systems for the design, construction and operation of energy-efficient
buildings. A Gold certification is achieved by buildings that are designed and
constructed with sustainable concepts and practices that substantially reduce
the building's impact on the environment as compared to other, similar

"Today is an extremely proud day for Astellas in achieving LEED Gold
certification at our new headquarters for the Americas, which we've worked
toward since we broke ground in 2010. This honor further demonstrates our
commitment to the environment, the local community, and as an employer of
choice to our employees," said Collette Taylor, Astellas, Senior Vice
President Human Resources & Corporate Administration of Astellas and
headquarters project manager. "With energy costs and carbon emissions on the
rise, we're thrilled that we invested in green building at our new facility
in Northbrook, Illinois."

The Northbrook complex obtained LEED Gold certification for its
environmentally-conscious construction, including:

  oHybrid geothermal field, which uses the earth as a heat source in the
    winter or heat sink in the summer, to reduce energy costs more than 20
  oUse of more than 77 percent of wood from managed forests certified by the
    Forest Stewardship Council
  oUse of 35 percent recycled materials, use of 45 percent
    locally-manufactured materials and the recycling of more than 85 percent
    of waste during construction
  oImproved indoor air quality with building flush-out using outdoor air to
    remove the majority of pollutant emissions
  oProviding outdoor air more than 30 percent above the mandated standard
  oUse of high-efficiency heat and air-conditioning equipment and plumbing
    fixtures to reduce water consumption
  oIndoor secured bicycle storage and showering facilities
  oMore than 70 percent of the facility's parking under cover to reduce heat
  oLandscape irrigation from retained storm water

"Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural
systems," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green
Building Council. "Astellas' new headquarters for the Americas efficiently
uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our
planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come."

Astellas partnered with MB Real Estate to manage the development of the
buildings and site with GlenStar Properties, LLC. MB Real Estate contracted
the services of HJKessler Associates, a green building and LEED consultant,
and worked closely with the USGBC and the EPA to ensure the proper
implementation of sustainable building design and practices. The new
headquarters was designed by world-renowned architect, Goettsch Partners, the
interior architect was SmithGroup, and it was built by Power Construction.

"It was a pleasure to work with Astellas through the LEED certification
process," said Natalie Stanley, Director of Sustainability at MB Real Estate.
"We share a common vision of bettering the world for future generations by
making significant improvements to the efficiency of properties and reducing
our overall carbon footprint."

Opened in June 2012, the complex accommodates more than 1,000 employees, with
ample space to build a future third building to accommodate the company's
projected growth. The complex includes two six-story buildings totaling
425,000 square feet and cost approximately $150 million to build.

The new Astellas Headquarters for the Americas project has been
well-recognized throughout the real estate community and has received numerous
awards including Office Development of the Year 2011 for the National
Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Build-to-Suit of the
Year 2011 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository's Annual Commercial Real
Estate Awards. Most recently, the development was honored with the Merit Award
for New Construction in the Suburbs by the Chicago Building Congress and 2012
AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award for Interior Architecture.

About Astellas
Astellas Pharma US, Inc., located in Northbrook, Illinois, is a U.S. affiliate
of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company
dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the
provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. The organization
is committed to becoming a global category leader in focused areas by
combining outstanding R&D and marketing capabilities. For more information
about Astellas Pharma US, Inc., please visit our website at or
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About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and
sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green
building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of
chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference &
Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables
green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and
connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About LEED
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and
operations of green buildings. Nearly 50,000 projects are currently
participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems,
comprising 9.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and
135 countries. In addition, more than 26,000 residential units have been
certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 91,000 more
homes registered. By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for
families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to
a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn
more at

About MB Real Estate
Founded in 1982, MB Real Estate is a full-service real estate organization
that provides multifaceted expertise in Asset/Facilities Management; Leasing
Services; Project/Construction Management; Tenant Representation; and
Investment Services. Headquartered in Chicago, with a regional office in New
York City, MB Real Estate provides these services to corporations,
institutions, professional organizations, private investors, and non-profit
agencies. For more information, please visit

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