Long Island's Greenest Shopping Plaza, Motor Parkway Plaza, to Open June 30, 2011


The Grand Opening of Motor Parkway Plaza, in Hauppauge, Long Island's "Greenest" combination retail and commercial office facility, will be held on Thursday, June 30, at noon.

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Hauppauge, June 15, 2011 - The Grand Opening of Motor Parkway Plaza, in Hauppauge, Long Island's "Greenest" combination retail and commercial office facility, will be held on Thursday, June 30, at noon. Principals of United Realty will welcome government leaders, the United States Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter representatives, business leaders from Hauppauge Industrial Association, LIPA, tenants and many other community members to take part in a ceremonial "Green" Ribbon Cutting.

The green ribbon is symbolic of the sustainable building elements of this modern multiuse complex. Following the ceremony, a reception and guided tours of the plaza's unique and green construction features will take place. It is anticipated that the Motor Parkway Plaza will receive LEED Silver Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is the United States Green Building Council's internationally recognized green building certification system.

"The architectural design of the Motor Parkway Plaza demonstrates our intent to construct an aesthetically appealing and environmentally conscious multiuse complex suited for shops, offices and restaurants. The green building and high-tech Solyndra solar array make this property unique and inviting for retail and office tenants, shoppers and restaurant patrons. National brands including Subway, FedEx and Dunkin' Donuts have already become tenants and have selected this site in part because of our sustainable building and energy-efficient approach and design," said David Abel, SIOR and President of United Realty.

The plaza site is located on Motor Parkway on land that once contained a section of the historic Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, dating back in Long Island history to the early 1900s when The Vanderbilt Cup races were popular. Among the notable LEED features of the complex are materials derived from the remains of the old Vanderbilt Motor Parkway. Three old building foundations at the site were also recycled into materials used to construct the new state-of-the-art complex.

One of the project's impressive features is its use of 406 Solyndra photo voltaic (PV) modules. This high-tech tubular-shaped solar array provides 25 percent of the required electrical needs for the interior and exterior common areas and office space. The solar array sits on top of a bright white, high albedo Carlisle SynTec roof, capable of reflecting eighty-eight percent (88%) of the sunlight. The unique design reduces ambient heat retained by dark man-made surfaces, keeps the building cooler, increases sunlight reflected off the roof and converts more sunlight into electricity via the Solyndra Solar PV system. In addition, the materials used in the interior have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are often found in paints, finishes, carpets, wall paneling and sealants.

The Motor Parkway Plaza is an example of the progress being made to advance green building on Long Island. Government, business and community leaders recognize the value in sustainable construction to achieve energy efficiency, healthier environs and protection of energy resources. This project is an example of the path that government officials, USGBC-LI and business groups eagerly endorse as Long Islanders look to improve economic vitality and their quality of life.

For more information about the Motor Parkway Plaza, visit www.motorparkwayplaza.com; for information about leasing, contact Gary Joel Schacker at gschacker@unitedrealtyinc.com or call (631) 421-1000.