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First Financial Center
255 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Developed, owned, and managed by Hines, Chemed Center at 255 Fifth is a 32-story office tower housing 525,000 square feet of office space, as well as 10,500 square feet of exclusive retail space. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1991, Chemed Center at 255 Fifth is clad in Sardinian gray granite and bronze-tinted glass. The property is an elegant and dramatic element of the Cincinnati skyline, with its illuminated sculptural rooftop crown a particularly distinctive element. Street-level presentation was also addressed with a two-story Fifth Street portico opening into a grand corridor to Chemed Center's two-story lobby, its walls clad in cream-colored travertine and dark mahogany.

Chemed Center at 255 Fifth earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance as a result of extensive retrofitting to lighting and HVAC infrastructure. Existing T-8 fluorescent lamps were replaced with T-12 lamps, while incandescent bulbs were replaced with high-efficiency halogen and compact fluorescent lamps. HVAC retrofits include the installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs) on air handling units throughout the system, which enable these units to operate at levels that correspond closely with actual demand. In addition, chilled water reset capabilities on chillers allow the chilled water supply temperature to fluctuate depending upon the outside air temperature, further bringing HVAC energy consumption into line with actual demand.

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 Interests 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:*
Hines Interests

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2003 (75)
2004 (84)
2005 (82)
2007 (81)
2008 (89)
2010 (94)
2012 (82)
2013 (84)
2016 (78)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 603345 sf

Year Constructed: 1990

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant