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Baja building first in region certified green

Gold rating given for office project

By Sandra Dibble, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

TIJUANA — A 14-story office building in Tijuana’s Rio Zone is being celebrated today as the first certified green structure in northwest Mexico. Its amenities include bridges and skylights, a vast airy central chamber, and an aluminum skin to filter out ultraviolet rays.

Key members of the development team for Via Corporativo, a LEED-certified office building in Tijuana, are photographed in November.  David Maung photo

Key members of the development team for Via Corporativo, a LEED-certified office building in Tijuana, are photographed in November.  David Maung photo

“We wanted a building that would raise the bar completely in the region,” said Ramon Guillot Lapiedra, the project’s architect. “Certification is like icing on the cake.”

The certification comes from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute through the rating system known as LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The building, called Via Corporativo, achieved a gold rating, the second-highest of four possible designations. It is one of only three buildings in Mexico with that distinction, and the only one outside the Mexico City area.

The designation was given in April, but the owners held off on any public announcement. The rating has come amid growing efforts in Mexico to build LEED-certified structures. Mexico City has 18 certification projects in the pipeline, and the northern industrial city of Monterrey has five. In the Baja California capital of Mexicali, developers of the Solarium office building are going through the steps to achieve a silver rating later this year. read more »