"It was a pleasure to work with Astellas through the LEED certification process," said Natalie Stanley, Director of Sustainability at MB Real Estate. "We share a common vision of bettering the world for future generations by making significant improvements to the efficiency of properties and reducing our overall carbon footprint."Opened in June 2012, the complex accommodates more than 1,000 employees, with ample space to build a future third building to accommodate the company's projected growth. The complex includes two six-story buildings totaling 425,000 square feet and cost approximately $150 million to build. The new Astellas Headquarters for the Americas project has been well-recognized throughout the real estate community and has received numerous awards including Office Development of the Year 2011 for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Build-to-Suit of the Year 2011 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository's Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards. Most recently, the development was honored with the Merit Award for New Construction in the Suburbs by the Chicago Building Congress and 2012 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award for Interior Architecture. About Astellas Astellas Pharma US, Inc., located in Northbrook, Illinois, is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. The organization is committed to becoming a global category leader in focused areas by combining outstanding R&D and marketing capabilities. For more information about Astellas Pharma US, Inc., please visit our website at www.astellas.us or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/AstellasUS. About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.