News Article | 1/10/2012

Alliance Town Center earns LEED honor

The U.S. Green Building Council has recognized the Alliance Town Center with its LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. The Fort Worth development is one of only two such projects in Texas to earn the designation.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system for construction projects, such as buildings, equivalent to a gas mileage rating for cars. Under LEED, projects are rated on things such as energy efficiency, environmental impact and sustainability.

LEED ND recognizes larger development projects that successfully protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life in communities.

“Alliance Town Center is one of the most carefully designed and developed master-planned projects in Texas,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties – developer of AllianceTexas – in a news release. “We are proud to receive this certification and to be recognized for the strategic focus we bring to building high quality, sustainable programs in all of our developments.”

Alliance Town Center is located along Interstate 35W and stretches from North Tarrant Parkway to Golden Triangle Boulevard. The LEED ND certification area includes 155 acres located south of Heritage Trace Parkway and west of North Riverside Drive, master-planned for a mix of residential and commercial uses.

Hillwood Properties has incorporated environmentally friendly aspects throughout the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas project since its inception in the late 1980s. Features and processes have included the utilization of white roofs on industrial buildings to reflect heat, skylights and other daylighting options, extensive native landscaping, groundwater management systems, storm water detention ponds, updated irrigation systems and the use of recycled materials for construction.