After embarking on such notable office projects as Empresas Transoceanica and the 70-story Costanera Cosas tower, the city of Santiago, Chile, is continuing its strong green building movement with the launch of two new sustainable six-story office projects: the World Green Center and the Terrazas building, which are expected to begin construction on the outskirts of the capital city.
The buildings, being developed by the Chilean investment firm Aurus for a combined total of $150 million, will be located in the Ciudad Empresarial office park in the town of Huechuraba on the northern edge of Santiago. Both are seeking either LEED Gold or LEED Platinum certification, and will use large glass panels on their facades to regulate temperature during the city’s many hot-weather months.
The World Green Center, according to Aurus, will have floor plans measuring 3,600 square meters and a total of 33,900 square meters of office space. Additionally, the plans include 16,500 square meters of green space in the form of trees and sloped terraces that will run throughout the complex and on the roof. The developer also plans on using geothermal energy to power the structure. The nearby Terrazas building, Aurus says, is expected to be the first building in Chile with a habitable upper rooftop terrace.
Once construction starts, the complex will take approximately 30 months to build. Developers have not yet secured tenants, but the say they hope to attract various corporate clients, such as banks and mining companies.
The Ciudad Empresarial is a crescent-shaped commercial park that currently has more than 50 buildings and is used as a headquarters for more than 600 companies. Altogether, Ciudad Empresarial has 250,000 square meters of floor space and 10 hectares of green space.