Building The Future Together

MILWAUKEE, WI. (January 9, 2017) — Dominion Properties, a Milwaukee-based residential real estate developer and property investor, received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for Sage ON PROSPECT, an adaptive reuse project with 34 apartment units located at 1825 North Prospect Avenue in Milwaukee. This is the second LEED Platinum award for Dominion Properties, the first having been received in 2014 for the company’s Sage ON JACKSON development located at 1509 North Jackson Street. Currently, Dominion Properties’ Sage projects are the only two privately funded LEED for Homes multifamily buildings in the state of Wisconsin that have achieved this ultimate level of designation. Sage on Prospect earned 92.5 points when only 86 was required for Platinum certification.

“Sage ON PROSPECT offered our team a unique opportunity to completely gut and renovate an existing building that was at the end of its lifecycle,” said Mike O’Connor, Co-Principal of Dominion Properties. “The outcome is a stellar example of what can be accomplished by those who are committed to sustainable development and we are proud, once again, to bring this unique offering to the Milwaukee market.”

The project was designed and constructed for the company’s Sage brand – a model for environmentally sustainable design, development and building construction. The project includes numerous green features, including:

  • Twenty-four ground source heat exchange wells extending 400 feet below the surface and servicing heat pumps in each apartment.
  • 45kWhPV solar array on the roof generating electricity and offsetting electric usage while allowing the landlords to offer heat, air conditioning, and electricity at no extra charge to tenants.
  • Two entirely new upper floors featuring 8-inch-thick exterior walls packed with mineral wool insulation, a low carbon green insulation with zero formaldehyde.
  • Blue roof which serves as a retaining pond for large rains dropping water into the MMSD system by radio control 12 hours after a rain to help buffer the storm water demand on the waste treatment system of Milwaukee detaining 7500 gallons of rainfall at peak.
  • Green roof which diverts about 385 gallons of rainfall.  This water is held by the soil and evaporates naturally back into the environment.
  • Additionally, Sage apartment buildings feature ZERO VOC paint, formaldehyde free wood, copper pipes to supply cold drinking water to kitchens, and minimal use of harsh chemicals.

Project partners that helped achieve this notable accomplishment include; Sustainable Building Solutions™ (LEED consultant), Striegel-Agacki Studio (architect), and Venture Development Group (construction).

“Phil Vetterkind, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions™, has worked with us on both our LEED Platinum projects and was our critical resource as we pursued the Platinum certification.  Phil is the Wisconsin expert in green building and the entire LEED process.  This is only the second LEED Platinum for Homes multifamily buildings in Wisconsin, there are 35 LEED Platinum projects in other categories and Phil is responsible for over 1/3 of them. He kept the project moving forward and I don’t think we would have met the stringent LEED Platinum criteria without his expertise,” O’Connor continued.

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Dominion Properties is a Milwaukee-based residential real estate developer and property manager that has been investing in local neighborhoods since 2000. The company is dedicated to delivering a higher standard of apartment living for residents, preserving the integrity of historical structures, enlivening local neighborhoods through building renewal and incorporating sustainable practices whenever and wherever possible. To learn more, visit

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainably built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations all sharing USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit for more information.

LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants.  Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 18,000 units have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 75,000 have registered and are in process.  For more information, visit

Sustainable Building Solutions™ (SBS) is a green construction advisory firm that works directly for building owners, architects and general contractors to identify and implement project specific sustainability goals including USGBC LEED and Energy Star certifications.  Phil Vetterkind, Director / LEED AP O+M is committed to the environment and to providing owners with real cost saving recommendations to ensure that projects reduce energy use and operational expenses while meeting high quality standards and minimizing their impact on the environment.  SBS has successfully guided 30 projects through USGBC LEED certifications and has benchmarked 38 commercial buildings for Energy Star and has certified 12. SBS has proven time and again that pursuing LEED certification adds real value and is much more than just a plaque on the wall.