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23 August 2008
Why are delegations from around the world visiting 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard—the Washington, DC area's newest, totally green office building? Because the building's health-promoting features go so far beyond green, ushering in a higher standard in workplace design.
'People intuitively know that buildings affect us. The best buildings make us feel good, and at their highest can elevate your success,' says MUM Trustee and visionary Washington-area developer Jeffrey Abramson. His newest office building, Tower II, opened July 28, 2008, and was dubbed by the news media 'The World's Healthiest Building'. The 200,000-square-foot office building is designed to meet Leed Platinum Certification, but is also a Fortune-Creating building, a design system based on the principles of Vedic architecture, which prescribes specific dimensions, proportions, and eastern orientation that 'connects people to the intelligence of nature', says Abramson.
When asked by Washington Business Journal how you would recognize a Fortune-Creating building, Abramson answered, 'It looks like any other glorious modern office building. What you notice is how good you feel and how you think inside this building. The human brain recognizes correct proportions and orientation, and that's what makes you feel attracted to a space and excel in that environment.'
'It's not how much you pay for rent,' says Abramson. 'It's what you rent that makes the biggest difference in your business. Fortune-Creating architecture will generate a higher return on rent by increasing productivity. This will revolutionize the industry, stimulating the next evolution of green.'
Earlier this month, the US Green Building Council (National Capital Region) honored The Tower Companies with the prestigious Annual Awards of Excellence Member of the Year Award for its demonstrated leadership in the green building community and [it] was awarded 2007 DC Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.
The building was designed by Kishimoto, Gordon, Dalaya, PC (KGD), in consultation with MUM's master architect Jon Lipman, AIA, expert in Fortune-Creating buildings.
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