Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. was a leader in the healthy building movement for decades, well before wellness and sustainability was a trend. Early on, we incorporated wellness and sustainability practices in The Golden Rule Building and 81 On Seventh in downtown St. Paul. We continued those practices when we redeveloped The 428, the first building to be awarded both WELL Gold Certification™ and LEED Silver Certification™ for Core and Shell in the Region, and was the first USGBC Building Health Leadership Award recipient in the Country.
Today, we continue to be a leader in the healthy building movement by integrating these practices in Oakview Office Building and Ridgeview Office Center, which is part of the portfolio we manage and lease in the Twin Cities.
We are committed to enhancing the experience in office spaces with health and wellness practices and technologies. From integrating touchless sinks and soap dispensers throughout the buildings to biophilic design with live plants and natural elements, we offer various ways to increase a healthier work environment. In addition, we support the surrounding environment with specialized air filtration and ionization, filtered water, centralized waste collection and recycling organics programs, and more. Certifications like Energy Star, WELL Gold, LEED Silver, and IREM Certified Sustainable Property (CSP) help to support our efforts of being a healthy building leader in the industry.
We are involved in the community and has served in a variety of capacities focusing on environmental stewardship to make an impact through energy-efficient systems, sustainable practices, use of renewable resources, certifications, and leadership; health and wellness certifications and practices; and use of environmentally-friendly technologies. Every step we take as a company with our business partners and tenants, the economic and environmental benefits are realized.
The health and wellness of people are a vital part of the sustainability of our community, our buildings, and our places of work. Sustainability isn’t just about the health and well-being of the planet; it’s about the health and well-being of people. Recognizing this early on, we became leaders in integrating health, wellness, and sustainability practices into the buildings we manage and lease.