(IRVINE, CA) – Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that Vice President and Partner Paul Twardowski has been appointed to head the firm’s Orange County Investment and Development Office in Irvine, CA.

In addition, Twardowski, an 11-year veteran with Hines, will continue to oversee the firm’s investments in San Diego, the latest being La Jolla Commons, a 13-story, US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED-CS® Gold certified office building.

Twardowski will join Hines’ well-established Orange County team, including Project Managers Roger DeWames and Ray Lawler, to seek new opportunities and manage Hines’ current projects in the area: 2211 Michelson, California’s first multi-tenant office building to be certified under the USGBC’s LEED-CS Silver designation. Completed in 2007, the 12-story tower utilizes state-of-art technologies to reduce energy and water use and increase natural air and light to the interior workspaces, enhancing the health and well-being of its occupants; and California Green, a project under development that has been designed to serve as the most prominent sustainable development in all of Southern California, setting a new model for high performance workspace in Orange County. The highly flexible master plan allows for 785,000 square feet of office space and 15,500 square feet of retail space on a 16-acre block.

Hines Executive Vice President and West Region CEO Jim Buie said, “We have a long-term commitment to Orange County, and ambitious plans for both the Orange County and San Diego markets. Paul’s successful history of managing many of Hines’ development, investment and management activities in Southern California will be critical in helping us achieve these goals.”

Mr. Twardowski will office at 2211 Michelson in Irvine.

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 more than 1,100 properties representing approximately 454 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 entered the California market in 1979 with the development of downtown San Francisco’s 101 California. The firm’s West Region includes approximately 25 million square feet. With offices in more than 100 cities in 17 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $25.8 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world. Hines is also a world leader in sustainable real estate strategies, with extensive experience in LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, BREEAM in the United Kingdom, France’s Haute Qualité Environnementale and with the German Sustainable Building Council. Visit www.hines.com for more information.