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ENERGY STAR Labeled Building Profile

136 South Main
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Acquired by Hines in 1988, the Kearns Building is a 10-story, 145,000-square-foot office building in downtown Salt Lake City, UT. The Kearns Building, designed by the Los Angeles firm of Parkinson & Bergstrom and completed in 1910, has classic early-skyscraper detailing, reminiscent of the Chicago projects of Louis Sullivan. Bas-relief detailing on the pedestal, double-hung windows and a decorative cornice at the roofline all add to the building's historical cachet. In 1991, Hines undertook a comprehensive renovation of the Kearns Building, including interior and exterior refurbishment, with design by architects Overland Partners. The elegance of the interior is enhanced by features such as a vaulted limestone foyer, a grand marble staircase, brass and bronze trim, and extensive use of varnished wood. The Kearns Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kearns Building earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance through a number of high-efficiency infrastructure improvements and upgrades. These include the installation of a 300-ton screw chiller and a cooling tower with plate and frame heat exchangers (allowing for free cooling in cooler months); high efficiency low-pressure boilers; and variable frequency drives (VFDs) on a number of pump and fan motors. Lighting at the Kearns Building was also upgraded through ballast retrofitting.

Hines has been recognized with multiple ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence and Partner of the Year awards. For a summary of the firm's participation in the ENERGY STAR program and other sustainability information, visit





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Hines or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

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Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2001 (79)
2002 (75)
2003 (76)
2004 (95)
2005 (93)
2006 (93)
2007 (99)
2008 (99)
2009 (90)
2010 (87)
2011 (90)
2012 (91)
2013 (93)
2014 (91)
2015 (92)
2016 (91)
2017 (93)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 185116 sf

Year Constructed: 1910

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant