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Hamilton Landing Wins Award For Energy Conservation

NOVATO, CA – June 11, 2003 – Hamilton Landing, Marin County's new 550,000 square foot office campus, was awarded first place by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for the innovative HVAC design of its first four renovated hangars for occupant comfort, indoor air quality and energy conservation. The commercial office development won the local Golden Gate Chapter’s award last April qualifying it for the regional competition for outstanding achievement in May. The regional competition included buildings from California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and parts of Mexico. Hamilton Landing now qualifies for the national award to be held this fall.

“We are extremely proud of the unique suspended access floor air distribution system that our engineers designed for these challenging historic airplane hangars,” said Michael Barker, co-owner and development manager of Hamilton Landing. “The system is energy efficient, provides the best air quality available in a commercial office space and offers flexibility to modify the system by adding or removing a floor panels that add or deletes vents in response to tenant needs.” Guttmann and Blaevoet Consulting Engineers of San Francisco designed the innovative heating and air conditioning system at Hamilton Landing.

According to Jeff Blaevoet, Hamilton Landing is the first speculative office building in the United States to install an under floor system. “The major challenge of this system was to elegantly fit all of the mechanical systems inside each building’s envelope, especially the 11 foot by 11 foot concrete corner towers in the historic buildings,” said Blaevoet. “The system was so innovative that we had to educate the contractor on how to install it and the tenants and building engineers on how to properly use it. It had to be affordable and energy efficient. We accomplished both -- delivering a system that operates 30% below the required energy code and within the modest budget provided for the HVAC system.”

Barker Pacific Group, Inc. (BPG) is a firm comprised of experienced real estate professionals active in asset management, acquisitions and development of major commercial projects. The company was founded in 1983 to specialize in the development and acquisition of institutional quality office, retail, and residential projects in selected U.S. cities. As a developer, BPG has completed or has under development or redevelopment in excess of $985 million in commercial projects. Recently, Barker Pacific Group, in conjunction with its affiliate private real estate fund, Hamilton Capital Partners, purchased the 23-story, 173,682 square foot, Chamber Building in downtown San Diego. The firm has offices in Los Angeles and Novato.

Guttmann & Blaevoet provides mechanical engineering and consulting services for HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection. The firm specialize in energy-efficient and complex engineering systems for civic, education, commercial and health care clients. Projects include the Dolby Headquarters in San Francisco, CSU Monterey Bay Science Academic Center, remodel of the historic Fox Theater in San Jose, Santa Clara Main Library, and the $23 million expansion of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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