April 24, 2018

The Pizitz Receives LEED Green Building Certification

BIRMINGHAM (April 24, 2018) – Bayer Properties announced today that The Pizitz has been awarded LEED certification.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“The revitalization of The Pizitz is part of a larger renaissance happening in downtown Birmingham. Through this restoration project, we brought appeal back to a historical development and created a vibrant gathering place for the community to relish,” said Bayer Properties CFO Jami Wadkins. “Our team worked with some of the best talent in the southeast to ensure that the building renovations were sustainably designed to promote a healthy environment and green lifestyle. We are proud to receive this distinguished certification.”

The Pizitz, a former 1920’s department store that sat vacant for nearly three decades, was recently transformed into a vibrant 251,210-square-foot mixed-use development in the heart of the theatre district in downtown Birmingham. Bayer Properties opened the multifamily component of The Pizitz to the public in December 2016, followed by the opening of the Food Hall in February 2017. The building is now home to 143 multifamily residences featuring 29 affordable units, the first food hall in Alabama, two retailers including first-to-market Warby Parker, and Forge, a modern co-working office space.

The Pizitz achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Market transformation happens one building at a time. The Pizitz project understands the value of LEED and has exemplified extraordinary leadership in reshaping their sector,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Each new LEED certification is one step closer to revolutionizing the environment in which live, work and play.”

By reusing a well-known existing building instead of developing a new structure from the ground-up, the team was able to incorporate various design and construction aspects to meet LEED qualifications:

  • Sustainable Sites:
    • Well-known existing building repurposed and existing parking structure revitalized
  • Water Efficiency:
    • Incorporated low-flow fixtures to reduce domestic water consumptio
  • Energy & Atmosphere:
    • Added an open-air atrium to allow daylight to pour into all units, reducing dependence for artificial lighting
    • Incorporated new thermally efficient window units, building and roof insulation
  • Materials & Resources:
    • Recycled 17 percent of building materials and 13.5 percent of building content
    • Diverted 65 percent of construction waste from landfill
  • Indoor Environmental Quality:
    • Used low VOC emitting stains, paints, carpet adhesives
  • Innovation in Design:
    • Kept existing high ceilings, reused original flooring where appropriate, restored the original terracotta façade

“The Pizitz has been a treasured icon in Birmingham for nearly a century and our team is honored to have been involved in the renovation of the building which has already seen great success since its re-opening last year,” said Gray Plosser, principal and president of KPS Group, Inc., the architecture firm whose responsibilities for the project included securing the LEED certification. “Obtaining LEED certification is a significant honor that marks the culmination of this project and we look forward to seeing the impact the development will have on the local economy.”

Bayer Properties worked with contractors Brasfield & Gorrie as well as Creature to restore the building. Bayer Properties also partnered with several architects on the project including Wisznia Architecture + Development, KPS Group, Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, and Creature. The Pizitz building is owned by Bayer Properties, Wisznia Architecture + Development, and Stonehenge Capital.


About The Pizitz:

The Pizitz Food Hall is home to 12 food stalls, two full-service restaurants, The Louis bar, Yellowhammer Creative, and Warby Parker. The Pizitz Food Hall is part of a $70 million renovation project of The Pizitz, which also includes 143 multifamily residences, and Forge, a modern co-working office space. The Pizitz is located along the 2nd Avenue corridor and serves as a connecting point from the bustling business district to surrounding attractions such as the McWane Science Center, Lyric Theatre, Alabama Theatre, Regions Field and Railroad Park.

About Bayer Properties:

Birmingham, Alabama-based Bayer Properties LLC specializes in developing, leasing, managing and marketing mixed-use real estate properties nationwide. Bayer Properties currently owns and/or operates retail and office properties totaling approximately 10 million square feet, including The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama, Mount Pleasant Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and The Summit in Reno, Nevada. New developments include The Summit at Fritz Farm, a mixed-use project in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit bayerproperties.com.