Summit’s headquarters earns double LEED certification

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Summit Realty Group’s historic downtown headquarters has earned an environmental honor never before achieved in Indiana.

The Indianapolis-based brokerage, known mostly for shepherding office and industrial deals, announced March 14 that its building at 241 N. Pennsylvania St. has attained double gold certification.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, designation from the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes the improvements Summit made to both the interior and exterior of the century-old building.

otr-summit-031813-15col.jpg Summit spent more than $3 million to acquire and renovate its new digs. (IBJ photo/Sctt Olson)

“To say it was distressed was an understatement,” said Susie Viehmann, Summit’s vice president of marketing and business development.

Summit, formerly based in Chase Tower, bought the four-story building in late 2010. It spent more than $3 million to acquire and renovate it.

The brokerage occupies part of the second floor and the entire third and fourth levels.

Summit earned the environmental accolades by including a variety of green-friendly features, including carpeting made from recycling materials, paints with low or no volatile organic compounds, and HVAC and LED lighting systems with energy-efficient controls.

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