Paladino and Company LEED V4 Gold Headquarters

Paladino and Company completed a major renovation of an entire floor in a historic property built near the turn of the century for its new Seattle headquarters. Paladino applied its proven abundance approach to its own space, and sought to build upon existing resources to create an office that reflected the company’s core values and offered a healthy, collaborative and flexible environment with near-zero carbon emissions. As a result, the office achieved a LEED v4 Gold certification and is only the seventh LEED v4 certification in the world, and the first in the Pacific Northwest.

Strategy

Paladino aligned sustainability strategies to its mission-driven values, and therefore invested in features that mattered most to the success of the company: its people.

The team prioritized the creation of a space that allowed collaboration, natural ventilation, and daylight to flow freely throughout the space. Employees, armed with a laptop and Wi-Fi, are free to explore the inner urban office environment to find the space that matches their task and supports their desire to engage with others. Warm, cool, dark, bright, active, passive, private and collaborative spaces can be found throughout the office and are never hidden behind inaccessible doors.

The raw space was left as a reminder of the past history of the building and preserved to demonstrate that simple, expressive materials can be both beautiful and highly sustainable. Newer systems, such as advanced lighting, fans, and server ventilation system are expressed as a counterpoint and compliment the passive features of the building.

Located in walk, bike and bus friendly downtown Seattle, on a walk-up accessible floor and naturally ventilated, employees have the ability to eliminate their carbon footprint and improve their personal health while at work.

The outcome of the abundance approach is a superior high-performance office space at conventional construction costs and decreased operating costs. 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 spaces.

Results

Healthy, collaborative space, decreased operating costs and the seventh LEED v4 Gold rating in the world