Hillwood is widely recognized as one of the top developers in the country. As such, and born of the company’s core values of integrity, respect, excellence and teamwork, sustainability is a key component in everything we do. At Hillwood, we believe that true sustainable development has environmental, economic, and social elements that benefit all stakeholders, including owners, occupants and neighboring community members, as well as future generations.

Since our inception in the late 1980s, Hillwood has strived to make an impact on the communities we serve by incorporating meaningful environmentally conscious measures into insightful, master-planning development focused on long-term sustainability. From the remediation and reformation of a brownfield to the development of a benchmark 21st century farming community, complete with active lifestyle amenities, Hillwood remains dedicated to building a brighter future.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, (LEED®) is a program administered by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Comprehensive in scope, LEED® is a measurement tool recognizing best-in-class, sustainable building strategies. Hillwood’s development and construction teams employ ten LEED® Accredited Professionals.

Environmental Building Initiatives:

Hillwood remains committed to environmental building initiatives and practices for both new construction and renovated distressed assets.

  • As a standard practice, Hillwood employs a robust and extensive tree planting and trans-planting program. Since the mid-1990’s, throughout Hillwood’s industrial developments across the country over 185k+ trees have been planted and many more existing trees saved.
  • Hillwood purchases renewable energy in the U.S., previously earning Green Power Partner recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Hillwood works with existing tenants to complete energy-efficient lighting retrofits that include advanced technology for warehouse lighting, motion sensor controls, light pipes and skylights.
  • Many new construction projects include innovative parking designs with bicycle storage, charging stations for electric vehicles and designated parking for low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Hillwood Commons Office Park in Alliance Town Center North uses harvested water systems to collect runoff for irrigation and other non-potable needs, low-flow water fixtures throughout the project and thermal comfort design with ventilation for more efficient energy consumption and higher air quality.
  • Developed by Hillwood, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science incorporates numerous sustainable elements that include solar panels for heating, LED interior lighting and cisterns collecting 50,000 gallons of site water runoff for on-site irrigation. The Green Building Initiative awarded the museum a four Green Globes rating for its sustainability practices. Only 12 of 759 Green Globes certified buildings have achieved a four Green Globes rating.
  • Hillwood’s Property Services’ teams use Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy usage for customer portfolios. We have also conducted energy audits on specific properties to measure performance and to look for ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste through smarter operations.

Projects like Bluestem Park at AllianceTexas in Fort Worth, Texas, reinforce Hillwood's commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. The extensive, multi-year reclamation and restoration process returned this signature green space to its original, native backland prairie state. One of the more significant challenges was removing an earthen dam and stock pond that had been used by ranchers in the 1950s, and then carefully designing and re-establishing a stream that matched the original path of the Upper Whites Branch Creek that feeds into Trinity River.  Bluestem Park honors the land's history and natural beauty, and features dozens of species of native trees, shrubs, plants and grasslands, including Bluestem grass, after which the park is named. This reclamation project, which is one of only two North Texas collaborations with the Austin, Texas-based Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, is believed to be the first of its kind to be conducted by a commercial developer.

Hillwood received LEED® Silver for New Construction for: Kohl’s distribution center at Crossroads Trade Center, in DeSoto, Texas; LEED® Gold for the 303,642 SFNatures Best facility in Flower Mound, Texas and LEED® certification for Industrial Interiors at the 602,500 SF Bay Valley Foods facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. LEED® Gold certification was received for the renovation of the 608,169 SF Just Born Distribution Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This project also won the Lehigh Valley Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) sustainability award honoring the project and individuals for their contribution to adapting and expanding the existing structure. In addition, Hillwood’s 900-acre Alliance Town Center in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of two projects in the State of Texas to receive LEED® for Neighborhood Development certification.

Hillwood began a year-long remediation of a blighted 75-acre urban tract near downtown Dallas, Texas in 1998. The site formerly held a rail yard, a power generating plant, a landfill, several dilapidated warehouses and a grain silo. It is now called Victory, a new district in downtown Dallas. Recognized by the EPA for its remediation of the Victory site, Hillwood received the distinguished Phoenix Award. California projects with significant remediation include AllianceCalifornia, the redevelopment project of the former Norton Air Force Base and InterChange Business Center, a World War II-era bomb plant that sat idle for 60 years. Five buildings totaling more than 1.2 million SF were developed at InterChange and received Leed Silver certification. At the time of its certification, the project was the largest speculative industrial project in the country and one of the largest projects in California to receive LEED® certification. Now, both are productive industrial logistics centers and an economic boom for the local Southern California economy.

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