Granite Properties gets high marks for developing the first gold LEED® certified high-rise office complex in Dallas. Since the building’s pre-certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in January, green supporters have referenced the energy efficiency and healthy environmental aspects of the building regularly. There is definitely a local and national trend toward green projects and Granite’s 19-story complex is leading the way in Dallas.The 17Seventeen McKinney office tower on McKinney Avenue in Historic Uptown Dallas is Granite Properties latest Class AA office building. The Gold-Level Certification was announced by Greg Fuller of Granite Properties who said. “Our team’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility has been confirmed through the process. Sustainable development through operating efficiency and environmental responsibility creates a healthier working environment. Tenants save a substantial amount of money in operating costs in buildings that meet these rigorous standards.”Granite’s Director of Development emphasized the point. “Tenants today are educated, putting their employees first. They use words such as efficiency performance, environment and sustainable design to describe what they are seeking, all qualities signified by the Gold LEED® certification.For 17Seventeen McKinney and Granite Properties, the Gold Certification was a lofty goal and an even loftier accomplishment. Congratulations!