Hines’ Edificio Coca-Cola The First Office Building in Mexico to Receive LEED® EB Certification

(MEXICO CITY) – The Mexico City office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that Coca-Cola’s corporate building in Mexico has received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for Existing Buildings (EB) rating system. It is the first property in Mexico to attain the Gold level and the first existing office building in the country to achieve any level of certification.

Edificio Coca-Cola is a 151,936-square-foot Class A office property located in the Polanco submarket of Mexico’s capital city. The property was developed by Hines in 1997 as a part of its Del Bosque project, which also includes two 30-story condominium towers.

Edificio Coca-Cola was designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, and the facility has been managed by Hines since completion.

Sustainable features and programs include:

Hines Vice President Palmer Letzerich said, “We are proud of our strong Mexican team’s investment in learning and working to implement top global standards where possible with our valued Mexican clients.

International tenants and owners like Coca-Cola have experienced the benefits of green building elsewhere and are attempting to expand those benefits to include their global portfolios. As a result, more and more owners in Mexico are seeing real economic value in greening their existing building stock. As a firm, we are enthusiastically pushing forward with our leadership in sustainable building management and LEED certification services across Mexico.”

Coca-Cola de Mexico President Brian Smith said, “Hines is a pioneering property manager that leverages its international repertoire in green building to offer clients like us the highest level of service and sustainability consulting.

These improvements will be good for our employees, the environment and our bottom line.”

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola®, recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the company's portfolio includes 12 other billion-dollar brands.

Globally, Coca-Cola is the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the company's beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, the company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where it operates. For more information, please visit www.thecoca-colacompany.com.

Hines is one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world.

In 2010 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the third time, with the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award; Hines manages 153 labeled buildings, representing approximately 77 million square feet, in the ENERGY STAR program.

Twelve Hines development or redevelopment projects, representing more than six million square feet, have been designated as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.

Hines is also a leader in the U.S. Green Building Council’s programs, with 202 projects, representing more than 107 million square feet that have been certified, pre-certified or registered under the various LEED rating systems.

Hines was a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council and the Russian Green Building Council, and is active in the Green Building Council Brasil, the Green Building Council España, the Green Building Council Italia, the Indian Green Building Council, the BRE Environmental Assessment Method program in the United Kingdom and the Haute Qualité Environnementale program in France.

Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,119 properties representing more than 457 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. Hines has offices in more than 100 cities in 17 countries and controls assets valued at approximately $23 billion. Visit www.hines.com for more information. To learn more about sustainability at Hines, visit www.hines.com/sustainability.