GenCore builds Tyler's 1st green office

Photo Source: GenCore
Photo Source: GenCore

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by Phil Burks with Corporate Green a GenCore, LLC development:

TYLER, TX - Corporate Green at Eagles Nest, a GenCore, LLC property, announces plans for its initial development, Tyler's first green multi-tenant office building. The GenCore Building will provide the East Texas area with 34,600 square feet of Class A office and data center space.

Site preparation for the GenCore Building has already begun at the southwest corner of Paluxy Drive and Eagles Nest Boulevard. Construction itself should be underway by mid-June, with completion slated for the fall of 2011. Plans include seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, for which the process includes the design and construction phases.

Phil Burks, owner and president of GenCore, LLC, recognized a need for more Class A office space in Tyler when he sought to expand the headquarters of Genesis, his software company, and learned that such space currently holds an occupancy rate of approximately 93.8% in Tyler. When presented with the opportunity, Burks decided to develop a high quality, technologically advanced building with a focus on energy and environmental efficiency. He states, "I am not a tree hugger, but I do believe in good stewardship of the environment."

Green initiatives for the GenCore Building have already begun with the site preparation. Burks has hired retired arborist, Jim Bohlmann, to help identify ways to protect as much of the current vegetation as possible, taking into account certain legacy trees which require special protection.

Plans for the building itself include an interior programmable lighting system that will integrate highly efficient LED lighting with natural daylight, a cistern to recycle rainfall and water runoff, and a geothermal well system to heat and cool all the common areas in the building. The building's parking area will be comprised of a material allowing water penetration, and it will incorporate nationally networked electric car charging stations as well as a bicycle rack.

The GenCore Building will also open opportunities which do not currently exist in this area for businesses with specialized technical needs. Along with a high level of security, all tenants will have accessibility to fiber optic data pipes. Robust backup energy sources will make certain that equipment continues to run smoothly in the event of power outage. Additionally, the building will house a Tier II-type data center which will allow outside businesses such as banks, health care facilities, or government entities to lease lockable rack space for their computer servers, backup servers, and/or disaster recovery servers. The GenCore Data Center can also double as a disaster recovery center for lessees in case of an emergency.

Because no buildings of this type currently exist in the East Texas area, the GenCore Building project will serve as an educational tool for others. GenCore has partnered with the University of Texas at Tyler's College of Engineering and Science to augment its classes. Select engineering students in the fall of 2010 will visit and observe the building site as part of their courses of study.