The lobby of Avison Young’s office in Morristown — Courtesy: Avison Young
By Joshua Burd
Avison Young’s New Jersey office in Morristown has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, following a build-out led by the firm’s own project management team.
The firm announced recently that the space, located in the North Tower of 1120 Headquarters Plaza, has been awarded a LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification. The New Jersey office is the first Avison Young branch nationwide to receive the designation.
Avison Young New Jersey moved into its Morristown location in 2012, but doubled its space in 2015 to a full floor amid its rapid growth. The interior fit-out was overseen by the firm’s own project management team, led by Vice President of Project Management Tracey Kasper and Senior Project Manager Kelly McAdams.
The brokerage earned credit from the council because of the mixed-use, transit-oriented environment of Morristown, but aimed slightly lower on the LEED scale because of the age of Headquarters Plaza, according to a news release. As a result, the brokerage targeted a LEED Silver certification, but was pleasantly surprised.
“I have to give a lot of credit to the team,” Kasper said. “They worked very hard to ensure that we met the requirements for the targeted credits and their efforts paid off in Gold. It is expected that a couple of credits may be rejected in the USGBC review, so you always target additional credits as a buffer.
“We are ecstatic that all of our credits were accepted to get us the LEED Gold certification.”