Walker Brands Named Tampa’s First “Gold” LEED Certified Building

TAMPA, Fla. – (March 31, 2009) – Walker Brands is now Tampa’s first building to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) leading-edge system for designing and constructing a sustainable, energy-efficient and high-performance building. The new Walker Brands headquarters, an 8,400-square-foot facility that opened in March 2008 near Downtown Tampa, is helping lead the way for other Tampa Bay area businesses – large and small – to create structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy for living and working.

“This building is proof that you don’t have to be a large corporation to build green,” said Nancy Walker, president of Walker Brands. “We didn’t want to be the newest old building, and it was an opportunity to tell our brand story with an innovative design that also demonstrated environmental responsibility. We exceeded our initial sustainability goals and we’re absolutely thrilled to now be LEED Gold Certified.” Walker’s basic philosophy for its new headquarters fit very well with LEED criteria, and with the help of its design-build partner, Beck Group, the project was completed to meet the LEED Gold certification criteria set forth by the USGBC – higher than both silver and standard certification. LEED-Certified Features and Benefits Walker Brands maximized energy efficiency in order to reduce total energy consumption by 30%. Water usage was reduced by more than 40% as well. Examples include: