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Downtown Cincinnati’s Most Environmentally Sensitive Building

LEED Gold - Great American Tower at Queen City Square is downtown Cincinnati's first and largest "Green" office tower, utilizing numerous environmentally responsible design choices, construction practices and development decisions. The project has been certified as Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council under the acclaimed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, specifically the LEED-Core and Shell (LEED-CS®) certification. The Core and Shell rating evaluates the entire project except for the interior spaces of tenants.

Environmentally sensitive “green” design and LEED certification provide a wide range of advantages to building occupants as well as to the general community. Great American Tower at Queen City Square is proud to lead downtown Cincinnati on this important and highly beneficial trend in building design and construction. Following is a key summary of the environmentally responsible elements of the project.

Sustainability for the Future - Responsible Practices Today Will Lead to More Enjoyable Communities in the Future

  • Sourcing locally manufactured construction materials decreased unnecessary transportation emissions and supported local businesses
  • Bike racks and shower facilities are provided to encourage the reduction of carbon-emissions
  • Usage of recycled content materials reduced the burden on local landfills and saved natural resources
  • Demolition of the pre-existing, 10-story parking garage included creative solutions to recycle over 90% of the structural steel and concrete
  • A comprehensive recycling program for building tenants has been created to decrease waste and facilitate participation
  • Ample, enclosed parking decreases the heat island effect on the environment, resulting in greenhouse gas reduction
  • Carbon-friendly, central location provides decreased drive times, and is easily accessed along a public transportation route
  • High-density, urban redevelopment provided a more valuable use to a highly visible site

Saving More Green - Decreasing Natural Resource Consumption Lowers Tenant Operating Expenses

  • A 14% reduction in energy usage has been obtained through energy modeling of the high-efficiency tuned façade and curtain wall system
  • Innovative techniques capture wasted energy from the HVAC system and reuse it to heat and cool the building
  • A 30% reduction in water usage has been obtained through the use of high-efficiency faucets and urinals, and high/low flush toilets
  • Submetering of on-floor electric consumption facilitates more prudent use of utilities by tenants, thereby lowering usage and costs.
  • Solar-reflective roofing materials reduce air conditioning costs and peak energy demands
  • Carbon monoxide monitors for garage ventilation fans accurately regulate operation and energy usage

Working Better - Environmental Responsibility Increases Employee Health, Happiness, and Productivity

  • Healthier indoor air quality is obtained through MERV 13 filtration
  • Low volatile-organic-compound (VOC) emitting building materials reduce occupant exposure to airborne toxins
  • The building's energy management system constantly regulates fresh air provisions
  • High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows maximize daylight and occupant satisfaction, while providing outstanding views in all directions
  • Reduced air contamination from maintenance chemical fumes is achieved via negative pressurization, exhaust ducts, and physical separation
  • Walk-off mats are used to reduce building contamination at occupant entrances
  • Maintenance staff are trained in green housekeeping products and techniques to create a more healthy workplace