The Landis Group's Gerard McNicholas Named BOMA 2012 Engineer of the Year
STAMFORD, CT (Oct. 15, 2012) – The Landis Group, a leading real estate development and management firm, announced today that the Southern Connecticut Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) has chosen Gerard McNicholas as the 2012 Engineer of the Year for his work at 400 Atlantic Street.
This is the second honor bestowed on The Landis Group by BOMA, which recently recognized the company’s 400 Atlantic Street, a premier Class A office tower located across from the Stamford Train Station, with The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) award in the 500,000-1,000,000-square-foot,
“Constantly raising the bar for himself and the property, Gerard is truly deserving of this prestigious honor,” said Scott Landis, Principal at The Landis Group. “He is a driving force behind our program to obtain LEED certification at 400 Atlantic Street, and has been pivotal in rallying and exciting our tenants about reaching this significant milestone.”
An International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 30 Operating Engineer, McNicholas serves as the project manager of The Landis Group’s LEED Sustainability Initiative. As project manager, he closely coordinated with 400 Atlantic Street’s tenants to increase the building’s energy efficiency, resulting in more than $300,000 in savings. The building is hoping to achieve LEED Gold Certification in the near future.
“I am deeply honored to be named Engineer of the Year and know this award needs to be shared with so many others because it wouldn’t have been possible without them,” said McNicholas. “Everyone at 400 Atlantic Street, from the senior leadership to the tenants, takes great pride in this property because we think of it as our second home and work together to achieve tremendous results that strengthen it for us and the environment.”
Before joining the team at 400 Atlantic Street, McNicholas was an operating engineer at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was charged with supervising and maintaining the lithium bromide power plant for the Swiss Reinsurance North American headquarters located in Armonk, New York.
A former United States Marine, McNicholas earned an MBA from Sacred Heart University and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from State University at New York (SUNY) Purchase. He is currently completing a master’s in criminal justice with a national security and emergency management concentration. McNicholas also holds a vast array of certifications.
Stamford’s preeminent business address, 400 Atlantic Street is a 15-story, 500,000-square-foot Class A office building that was originally conceived and constructed as Champion Paper's world headquarters. The building is highlighted by a dramatic lobby entrance and public spaces, expansive 37,000-square-foot highly flexible floor plates, elegant interior staircases and sweeping views of Long Island Sound.
Recently, the property achieved theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious Energy Star recognition, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. Commercial buildings that earn Energy Star recognition use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.
The building is home to such high-quality corporations as UBS, American Express, The Santander Group and Harman Kardon. Currently, there is 40,000 square feet of premier space available with the ability to expand. The CBRE team of David Block and Steven Greenbush is the exclusive leasing agent for the building.
About Southern Connecticut BOMA
The organization is part of BOMA International, an international federation of 108 organizations forming a worldwide, professional community dedicated to providing knowledge and solutions to commercial real estate practitioners. Southern Connecticut BOMA serves the commercial real estate industry from New Haven to the New York/Connecticut line. As part of the award process, judges inspect the sites and award points in a wide variety of categories such as security, management, maintenance, parking, landscaping and amenities.
About The Landis Group
The Landis Group has developed, owned or operated in excess of 20 million square feet of Class A real estate across the Northeast since its founding in 1967. The firm developed the landmark Carnegie Center, a 560-acre mixed-use development, which includes 5.5 million square feet of office space, 1,100 residential units, 500 hotel rooms as well as the 370,000-square-foot Princeton Market Fair Mall.