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Planning Begins on Largest U.S. LEED Certified Mixed-Use Campus

Five Star Development Group, Inc announced today its plans for the country's largest LEED certified $150 million mixed-use campus that will be located on 109 acres in El Paso, Texas adjacent to the Zaragoza Port of Entry between the US and Mexico border.

Located on one of the last large undeveloped land parcels along the U.S. and Mexico border, the mixed-use campus will break ground fourth quarter 2007 and will offer approximately 2.1 million square feet of retail, commercial and high-efficiency distribution facilities that will open in multiple phases. The first phase will be an approximately 500,000 square foot, High-Efficiency (H.E.) cross-dock distribution facility with occupancy scheduled for second quarter 2008. Completion for all phases of the campus will be approximately two years. The development is registered for LEED certification, which upon certification will be the first in the country.

"We look forward to debuting the country's largest LEED certified mixed-use campus near this highly-trafficked commercial port that will foster international business opportunities and serve as an alternative for many U.S. companies that are currently doing business overseas," said Jerry Ayoub, president of Five Star Development. "Due to shipping log jams and long lead times, many companies are looking to move business to Mexico in order to be closer to their manufacturing facilities. These businesses will gravitate to this campus in order to take advantage of its close proximity."

Five Star Development plans to debut its new High-Efficiency (H.E.) Distribution Facility series with this project that aims to exceed Class-A standards with innovative eco-friendly building and operating practices that are both socially and environmentally responsible. Under its H.E. classification, Five Star Development will incorporate many "green" aspects into its facilities that are uncommon in the industry, some of which include:
  • Centrally-controlled satellite interface irrigation monitoring and management system that incorporates flow management software and overflow alarm systems thereby maximizing water conservation.
  • Five Star Signature "White Envelope" consisting of white painted interior warehouse walls and a factory primed white roof deck, thereby maximizing light reflective value and minimizing daytime energy consumption.
  • Five Star Signature "Tight Envelope" consisting of caulking both the exterior and interior joints throughout, as well as creating a brush seal at all dock positions, dock doors and levelers, weather stripping on all exterior main doors and sealant at all wall, roof and floor penetrations. "Tight Envelope" ensures maximum efficiency in cooling and heating to reduce overall electrical consumption.
  • Optional H.E. fluorescent T-5 lighting with motion sensor activation system to reduce overall electrical consumption.
  • Optional electric generating roof solar components and electric generating windmills.
  • 32' minimum clear heights offering 33 percent more cubic space over a standard 24' clear building.
"The purpose of our new H.E. series of distribution facilities is to change the way we develop these large-scale centers that is both environmentally responsible and cost-effective for our tenants," said Ayoub. "Our end goal is to have our tenants' operational costs lower than any other facility in the country while at the same time being able to offer features that exceed Class-A standards. In recent months, we've seen a significant increase in demand and interest, especially from Fortune 500 companies, for our facilities with 'green' features."

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