The Pioneer 360 Business Center is situated on a high profile 70-acre parcel in Arlington Texas. Through the combined efforts of Flaherty Development of Arlington, Alliance Architects and Bob Moore Construction, the three building complex will be a environmentally healthy and happy sustainable place to work, visit and have in the community. The green construction project is another feather in Arlington’s amazing community commitment to green construction.Nine years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council released its original Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating and certification program. The LEED® system is now the standard-bearer for the green construction industry. The Pioneer 360 Business Center has achieved a stellar Gold rating for its Core and Shell.The Pioneer 360 Business Center is one component of the “Champion Arlington” strategic community development plan. The Texas Rangers’ Baseball Stadium in Arlington is another core part of the overall plan.Prior to commencing the project, the 800,000 square foot Festival Marketplace had to be demolished. The abandoned 40-year-old regional mall was in a decaying state. A complete overhaul of the mall’s infrastructure was necessary before any progress could be made.The highly visible location along Route 360 represented the ideal opportunity for the developer’s concept. The project was embraced by the Arlington City Council.Brian Flaherty of Flaherty Development worked closely with all parties, including the city of Arlington to arrange all the project’s details.“We presented this opportunity to the city of Arlington and our capital partners and negotiated a deal as a presale development ion July 2007. The city provided tax abatements, which ultimately made this project possible. We started with an initial concept and modified that design to meet the capital partner’s specification and modifications before and during construction. Over that process, this became a true build-to-suit [project, which required a great deal of flexibility.”The Pioneer 360 Business Center project is the first industrial project to achieve a LEED® Gold Certification for Core and Shell in the state of Texas. Once again, the City of Arlington, long a green construction pioneer and advocate has paved the way for future environmentally friendly projects. Congratulations!