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The Tower Burbank
3900 West Alameda Avenue, Suite 150 Suite 150
Burbank, CA 91505
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The Tower Burbank is a 32-story, all-electric commercial office building in the media district of Southern California. The building was constructed in 1989 and is owned by West Alameda Tower LLC and managed by Tiarna Real Estate Services, Inc.

Tiarna Real Estate Services,Inc. and ABM Engineering, a division of ABM Industries Corporation, recognized the building's potential to be a leader in the energy performance demands of today's industries. Working with EPA's ENERGY STAR program in 2010, it achieved the prestigious ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.

Through constant monitoring of the building's energy usage, ABM Engineering and Tiarna Real Estate Services, Inc. presented to building's ownership energy-saving ideas in the form of upgrades necessary to keep the building in the forefront of energy conservation.

The team reviewed the building's energy management system (EMS) and determined it was outdated and needed to be replaced to keep up with today's standards of operation. The replacement would provide a more accurate calculation of what the building's HVAC system was actually doing.

In 2007, taking on a 3-year conversion while the building was fully occupied, building engineering and the selected contractors were able to change from a pressure-dependent system to a pressure-independent system for more accurate control. The new system incorporated many features that the original system was incapable of performing such as demand load shedding and resetting supply temperatures based on return air temperatures and actual loads.

Based on calculations performed by an independent engineering firm, it was determined that 624,145 (kwh) could be saved annually by replacing the original EMS system. The Tower Burbank was able to achieve these savings, as well as identify additional opportunities.




"The Tower Burbank's current ownership, management company and engineering company have identified additional energy saving areas and through constant team work are exploring new and innovative ways to keep the Tower Burbank one of the premier leaders in the commercial office building industry." -- James McNamara, Chief Engineer, ABM Engineering

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Blackrock Reality 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.

Building Owner:*
Blackrock Reality

Property Manager:*
Blackrock Reality

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2002 (96)
2008 (99)
2010 (99)
2011 (97)
2012 (97)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 500000 sf

Year Constructed: 1989

Contract Type: Single Turn-Key Contract
Financing Type: Operating Lease

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant