Terminus 200 seeks gold LEED certification for design features

Cousins Properties is seeking LEED gold certification for its Buckhead office tower Terminus 200, which is under construction.

Terminus 200 is a 25-story, 565,000-square-foot skyscraper on the development firm’s 10-acre mixed-use site at Peachtree and Piedmont roads in Buckhead.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. Gold is the second-highest ranking.

The environmentally friendly design features of Terminus 200 include natural daylight in more than 75 percent of the interior space, plumbing that reduces water consumption 40 percent, and irrigation systems and plantings that require less water.

Richard Bowers receives Robinson College award

Richard Bowers, the president of Richard Bowers & Co., recently was presented the 2008 J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University Alumni Award for Service to the college before more than 200 alumni, university officials, supporters and others during Robinson College’s sixth annual awards celebration at the Mansion on Peachtree in Buckhead.

Bowers earned a master of business administration in real estate degree from Robinson College in 1974. He endowed a real estate professorship at Georgia State in 2001 and serves on the Robinson College Board of Advisers.

In nearly three decades under his leadership, Richard Bowers & Co. has expanded into property management, development, interior architecture and design, commercial furniture sales, and relocations management.

Bowers and his in-house research staff produce four formal publications at regular intervals every year: the semiannual Bowers Digest, the semiannual Market Report, the annual Real Estate Observer and the quarterly Bowers Bulletin.

Robinson College launched its annual awards in 2003 in commemoration of the college’s 90th anniversary. The awards acknowledge people who have distinguished themselves through career achievement or community service.

Pizza Fusion is state’s first LEED-certified restaurant

Pizza Fusion, the first LEED-certified restaurant in Georgia, has opened at The Astoria at the Aramore on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. It is the first of five locations planned in metro Atlanta.

Pizza Fusion serves gourmet pizzas, focaccia sandwiches, salads, desserts, beer, wine and more. It’s all organic, meaning no artificial additives such as sweeteners, pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. The restaurant also offers health-conscious alternatives for people with selective diets and food allergies, including gluten-free, vegan and lactose-free options.

Founded in 2006, Pizza Fusion’s motto is “Saving the earth, one pizza at a time.” The company has more than 55 LEED-certified restaurants opening in seven states: California, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida and Georgia.

Massell flashes message: ‘I’m Bullish on Buckhead’

The car driving around Buckhead with the scrolling, digital message “I’m Bullish on Buckhead” on its license plate frame belongs to Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, often referred to as the unofficial mayor of Buckhead.

“I hope it is not in violation of the city’s sign ordinances,” Massell said.

“I tell everyone to buy a bit of Buckhead and take care of it now, and it will take care of you later. Historically, a luxury market like this is the last to feel an economic slowdown and should be the first to rebound,” Massell added. “So it’s just a buyers’ market.”

Massell, who came from a real estate family and was in the business himself years ago, illustrated his point with a listing from the late 1920s “Massell Blue Book,” a catalog of properties then owned by his father, Samuel Sr., and uncles Ben and Levi. It is a home at 2583 (then 95) Habersham Road in Buckhead priced at $22,500. It is now for sale by Beacham & Co. at $1,625,000.

Dressed eatery opens in Terminus

Dressed is now open in the Terminus building in Buckhead, at the intersection of Peachtree and Piedmont roads, the second fast-casual eatery location from chef and owner Justin Smolev.

The menu at Dressed features more than 70 gourmet salad ingredients, including five greens, seven cheeses, countless vegetable, fruit and nut toppings, fresh grilled chicken, steak and shrimp, and 24 salad dressings made fresh daily. Diners can create their own salads or choose from one of several chef-designed salads. Any salad also can be wrapped in fresh flatbread and served sandwich-style. In addition, Dressed offers a variety of homemade specialty soups that change daily.

With more than 14 years of fine-dining experience, Smolev brought his edgy touch to the fast-casual segment of the restaurant business when he opened the first Dressed at The Plaza Midtown in November 2006.

As part of the eco-friendly efforts at Dressed, delivery orders are transported on scooters, rather than traditional vehicles, to cut back on oil consumption and pollution.

26 Sandy Springs condos on auction block

The developer of Promenade at NorthPlace has decided to auction 26 units at the Barfield Road project in Sandy Springs.

At the auction, which will be held Dec.7 at the W Hotel Atlanta-Perimeter, the bidding for a two-bedroom condo, originally priced at $246,235, will start at $165,000. Three-bedroom condos, originally priced from $246,235 to $410,075, will start at $215,000.

Brock Built receives 11 home-building awards

Brock Built City Neighborhoods was recently awarded 11 OBIE awards for outstanding building design, urban redevelopment/revitalization and marketing efforts during the past year at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s 28th annual OBIE Awards program.

Brock Built won six gold awards and five silver awards for residential units at Huff Heights, West Highlands, Belmont Chase, Rosalyn Commons and Dupont Commons.

“We could not be more excited about these recognitions,” said Steve Brock, the founder and CEO of Brock Built. “We are very honored to have received acknowledgment as among the best in Atlanta’s home-building industry.”

Brock Built has built more than 1,000 homes in Atlanta.

Buckhead resident heads KSU financing team

Buckhead resident Jon Erickson, a partner at Schulten Ward & Turner who specializes in commercial lending and secured transactions, represented the Kennesaw State University Foundation in a $45 million student housing project on the Kennesaw State campus.

The new student complex, University Village Suites, opened in August.

Erickson previously worked with the foundation in funding a nearby parking deck that added 2,600 parking spaces for commuter students, faculty and staff.

The four-story, two-wing apartment dorm has space for 913 beds, allowing the state’s third-largest university to house more than 3,000 students on campus, an increase of more than 40 percent from 2007.

Schulten Ward & Turner has worked for six years with the nonprofit Kennesaw State University Foundation.