Paladino Celebrates Two Decades of Green Building and Sustainability

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The Firm’s Seattle Headquarters Earns One of the First LEED v4 Ratings in the United States

Large, operable windows provide plenty of daylight and fresh air.

Paladino's LEED v4 Seattle Headquarters - photo courtesy SkB Architects

“There are very few consultancies that have Paladino’s depth of expertise and 20-year track record of helping companies innovate and build sustainably,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and co-founder of the U.S. Green Building Council.

In September 1994, Paladino and Company (Paladino) was founded by Tom Paladino with the vision of reversing the building industries’ negative impact on the environment. Over the last 20 years, Paladino has worked with Fortune 500 companies, developers, property managers, educational institutions and government agencies across the globe to produce more than 2,000 high performance and LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects that use less energy, water, and resources.

Through its clients, Paladino’s impact spans more than 160 countries worldwide, 1 billion square feet, 25,000 properties, and 100,000 building occupants.

“There are very few consultancies that have Paladino’s depth of expertise and 20-year track record of helping companies innovate and build sustainably,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and co-founder of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Not only is Paladino a leader in the development and transformation of LEED into a nationally recognized benchmark for green building, but it also facilitates one of the highest number of commercial LEED certifications in the industry.”

Markedly, one of the most recent certifications Paladino achieved was LEED Gold for its new Seattle office. According to the USGBC, Paladino and Company is one of the first companies in the United States to earn a Gold rating under the new LEED v4, released November 2013.

Business Value Beyond Certification
Paladino’s reputation for delivering tangible business results extends well beyond certifications. In 2014, independent analyst firm Verdantix recognized Paladino as having the ability to help chief sustainability officers and heads of real estate “understand how to get the most out of their green offices.”

“Companies want measurable business benefits beyond simple operational efficiencies, and improving health and wellness of employees is top of mind,” said Tom Paladino. “After 20 years, we understand the enormous opportunity green buildings represent and how much our clients can accomplish when they align sustainability to their core business values.”

Paladino used its proven approach of aligning sustainability strategies to a company’s core values for its own headquarters. The office, located in a historic property in downtown Seattle, includes the preservation of original finishes, a real-time energy management dashboard, extensively daylit work areas, bike parking, operable windows and passive cooling. The outcome is a healthy, collaborative and flexible environment with near-zero carbon emissions. The project team included designers SkB Architects and general contractor Schuchart.

Based on three months of data from its performance dashboard, Paladino’s headquarters ranks in the first quartile of the 2012 Seattle Building Energy Performance Ranges, meaning it is performing better than 75-90 percent of peer buildings.

Growing Green
From 2007-2013, Paladino averaged 22 percent annual growth fueled by new clients and an expanded footprint. In 2012 Paladino acquired Rockville, MD green building consulting firm S.D. Keppler & Associates and in 2013 opened offices in Austin, Texas.

About Paladino and Company
Paladino and Company, Inc. (http://www.paladinoandco.com) is an internationally recognized sustainability and green building consulting firm that helps organizations align business growth with the long term health and vitality of the planet. The firm’s specialized team of architects, engineers, and business analysts work collaboratively with building owners and their teams to create high performance green buildings and companies, resulting in environmentally responsible development and reduced total cost of ownership.

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