By Charlotte Business Journal

The Bissell Cos. has received a sustainable development award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

The recognition is for the Boyle and Harris project, twin 10-story towers containing more than 500,000 square feet of Class A office space in Ballantyne Corporate Park. Bissell has completed 32 other office buildings in the park.

The award will be presented Oct. 19 during NAIOPâ¿¿s annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The buildings earned gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program from the U.S. Green Building Council for construction features and conservation measures. That includes the use of nonpolluting materials and low-flow water fixtures; enhanced indoor-air quality; use of fully recycled steel materials; use of natural light; reflective roofs to reduce heat absorption; capturing rainwater to reduce water use; native and adaptable landscaping; and solar panels.

⿿This project exemplifies the dedication of our members to create innovative and sustainable projects that contribute value not only to the developments themselves, but to the community and people they serve,⿝ said Thomas Bisacquino, NAIOP chief executive and president.

NAIOP established the sustainable development award in 2005 to recognize the growing number of firms engaged in green development. Applicants were judged on criteria that includes commitment to sustainability, project history, economic analysis, water and energy efficiency, accessibility and innovation. Entries for the award were reviewed by industry leaders.

Founded in 1964, Bissell is the principal developer of Ballantyne and SouthPark.

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