Chile Unveils Plans For World Green Center

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.

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Artist’s rendering of the World Green Center via Asociacion de Oficinas de Arquitectos

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.

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Image of World Green Center plaza view via Asociacion de Oficinas de Arquitectos

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.

Randy Woods is a Seattle-based writer and editor with 20+ years of experience in the business publishing world. A former managing editor of Seattle Business, iSixSigma, Claims and Waste Age magazines, he has covered topics that include newspaper publishing, entrepreneurism, green businesses, insurance, environmental protection and garbage hauling (yes, really). He also contributes to the Career Center Blog for The Seattle Times and edits a photography magazine called PhotoMedia. When not working, he likes to hide out in Seattle movie theaters and attend film festivals—even on sunny days.