Farnsworth interior makeover win awards

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The Farnsworth Group has already won an IFMA award for its redesigned office space — and is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

The Farnsworth Group has already won an IFMA award for its redesigned office space — and is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

The Farnsworth Group, which leased 9,000 square feet at 4755 Forge Road from 4755A Forge Road LLC, has been awarded the 2009 Colorado Facility of Excellence (COFAX) Award from the International Facility Management Association.

The company earned top honors in the Environmental Impact/Resource Conservation category for the redesign of a commercial interior at its Colorado Springs office.

A national consultant to developers and companies interested in attaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified status for their buildings, Farnsworth “walks the walk,” said building owner and manager Chip Landman.

The company also is in the midst of pursuing LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the interior redesign.

“We bought the old Digital manufacturing facility during 2007, sold off about 17,000 square feet to JPM last year and kept the remaining 28,600 square feet,” Landman said. “It was a very robust facility with lots of outdated equipment and infrastructure. Before Farnsworth moved in, we had already reduced utilities and overhead by identifying some of the most outdated equipment and installed more efficient heating and cooling systems. I think that’s part of what attracted them to this space — our interest in energy efficiency and reduced costs.”

In a cooperative agreement, Farnsworth and the building’s owners took advantage of some no-cost and low-cost energy saving moves that also were LEED-friendly, including segregating demolished materials which, in turn, saved disposal costs and made sense environmentally.

“We also partnered with them on materials,” Landman said. “Some of them — the energy efficient lighting and LEED compliant carpeting were a little more expensive, but we’re already seeing lower utility costs and the payback over time will be great.”

John Rodgers of Peak Commercial Properties represented the owners and Russ Pitts of Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT represented Farnsworth on the lease.

Leases and more leases

The times might be challenging, but local businesses are still looking for space as the following updates reveal.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s office has leased 5,720 square feet of industrial space at 124 W. Cimarron St. in the Penske building.

The owner, Downtown Investment Properties LLC, and the tenant were represented by Randy Dowis of NAI Highland Commercial Group.

Solaris Stone Imports has leased 5,400 square feet of industrial space at 3201 El Paso St. from LFT Investments.

Roger Hernandez of CameronButcher Real Estate represented the tenant and Dowis represented the owner.

Dowis also represented Western Distributing on its lease at 2150 Victor Place. Charley Conrad of the Olive Real Estate Group represented the landlord, Geodan II LLC.

ITT Systems has leased 24,000 square feet in the Airport Business Center at 2510 Aviation Way from Bill Mackey.

Dowis and Paul Engel, both of NAI Highland Commercial Group, represented the landlord. Gary Hollenbeck of Palmer McAllister represented the tenant.

In related news, two leases in the Classic Corporate Centre building at 6385 Corporate Drive, owned by JBS Family Enterprises, have been signed.

The first was a 2,100-square-foot office lease for Dr. Michael Haas, an ophthalmologist. Dowis represented the owner and the tenant.

The second was a 4,333-square-foot office lease for the Mountain States Employers Council. Dowis and Paul Engel represented the landlord, and Gary Hollenbeck of Palmer McAllister represented the tenant.

Becky Hurley covers real estate for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.