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3.0 University Place, Partners with Global Building Products Leader, Saint-Gobain North America, to Build World’s First Commercial Office Building Pre-Certified LEED v4 Platinum

University City’s 40th Street Transit Hub Emerges as Philadelphia’s Corridor for the Highest Standards in Environmental Responsibility

Oct. 12, 2015

3.0 University Place announces a partnership with SageGlass Saint-Gobain to build a 190,000 square foot, Class A commercial office building at 41st and Market Streets in the University City section of Philadelphia. The project is part of a bold plan to create a “Platinum Corridor” of commercial and retail space in University City that meets the highest standards for high-performance green buildings.

"3.0 University Place will be an unmistakable iconic symbol of University City’s emerging status as a world-class biopharma, research and technology destination," said Scott Mazo, developer of 3.0 University Place. Our partnership with Saint-Gobain, a world leader in sustainable habitat, and their SageGlass unit reflects our commitment to establish this project as a super cool, healthy, workplace showcase. The dynamic, tintable SageGlass Saint-Gobain facade will not only feature unmatched efficiency, it will provide a stunning exterior that will reflect light in an array of colors as the sun moves across the sky.”

LEED v4 is the newest version of the world’s premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings as established by the United States Green Building Council. 3.0 University Place will meet these standards by featuring:

  • Continuous fresh air ventilation
  • Super efficient Semco Chilled Beam heating and cooling systems that reduce both internal air pollution and energy costs
  • Storm water management through an extensive modular green roof; and rainwater collection to be used in the chilled water system
  • A rooftop garden that improves air quality, conserves energy and reduces runoff
  • Open floor plans that provide a cleaner, healthier, more-productive work atmosphere
  • A transit oriented development (TOD) project, conveniently located one block from Septa’s Market-Frankfort line and close to Septa Rail and Amtrak hubs at 30th and Markets Streets

Upon completion, 3.0 University Place will advance the development of the Platinum Corridor, a series of platinum LEED-certified buildings in University City. The first project completed by University Place Associates in the Platinum Corridor was 2.0 University Place, the first multi-certified and multi-tenant LEED Platinum new construction office building in the world and the flagship green building in Philadelphia, featuring more than 100,000 sq. ft. of office space. 3.0 University Place will sit adjacent to its predecessor, bringing University Place Associates one step closer to creating a Platinum Corridor in University City, which also includes plans for a 4.0 University Place in the future.

“At Saint-Gobain, we believe in the power of our products and SageGlass is a shining example of how innovative building materials can transform the work environment to one of greater comfort and productivity,” said John Crowe, President and CEO of Saint- Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations. “As partners on this marquee project, we share University Place Associates’ passion to create beautiful workspaces that also improve the overall health and well-being of building occupants and we know SageGlass will deliver on that promise.”

“As the largest installation of SageGlass Saint-Gobain to date, 3.0 University Place will showcase the many ways in which our dynamic glass can enhance the indoor experience for occupants unlike any other building in the world,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “University Place Associates’ like-minded vision to challenge the conventions of the traditional workspace by creating spaces built to benefit occupants and the environment provided the foundation for close collaboration and partnership.

We’re thrilled to be such an essential part of this landmark project.”

Binswanger has been selected as the exclusive agent for 3.0 University Place. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Binswanger is an international full-service real estate organization with offices worldwide throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

About 3.0 University Place

3.0 University Place is the forefront of green building design in Philadelphia and is part of a vision to create a platinum corridor of commercial and retail space on Market Street in the University City section of Philadelphia. www.30universityplace.com

About SageGlass

SageGlass® is the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass and is transforming the indoor experience for people by connecting the built and natural environments. The electronically tintable glass dynamically optimizes daylight and manages temperature — all while maintaining unobstructed views of the outdoors. With SageGlass, building occupants can comfortably experience the biophilic benefits of the outdoors, including stress reduction, enhanced creativity and an improved sense of well- being. Unlike conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades or blinds, SageGlass allows architects to elegantly solve solar control challenges without sacrificing aesthetics and design. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, SageGlass is backed by 350 years of building science expertise that only the world leader in sustainable environments can provide. Ready to look again? Visit www.SageGlass.com, @Sage_Glass, Facebook.com/SageGlass.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

For 350 years, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people all over the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to The Statue of Liberty and The World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement for three and a half centuries — and 2015 is the company’s commemorative year.

In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a material difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.2 billion in 2014. Join Saint-Gobain in a celebration of the company’s 350 years of innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Contacts:

3.0 University Place:

Rick Gillespie 215-870-7000


Brownstein Group for Saint-Gobain North America & SageGlass:

Mallory Jaroski 267-238-4139