Earlier this month, USGBC National Capital Region announced the recipients of the 2015 Awards of Excellence, recognizing the leading projects of the year that embody the best and most innovative sustainable building practices. Held during its thirteenth annual Midsummer Night’s Green event in Washington DC, the event gathered over 400 green building professionals in the region and beyond.

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Manager Susie Westrup and Director Rachel Sowards enjoy the views of DC during the event. 

The Paladino team was proud to be recognized among the six LEED projects awards, taking home the Project of the Year: New Construction Award for our work on the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

Director Rachel Sowards accepted the award on behalf of the project team, which included Senior Project Manager, Alicia Cushman, and Associate Consultant, Divya Natarajan.

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Rachel Sowards accepts the Project of the Year: New Construction Award for the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

awardThe official release from USGBC-NCR stated that they “developed the Awards program in order to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in sustainable design and construction, to honor businesses that have adopted green practices into their mission, and to celebrate chapter members who have advanced sustainability here in the National Capital Region.”

While George Washington University (GW) is committed to building a minimum of LEED Silver on new construction projects, Paladino supported them to exceed that goal for the Milken Institute School of Public Health, ultimately achieving LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating from USGBC. Paladino worked with GW to align project plans with the school’s aspiration for the building to serve as a living model of a healthy workplace and learning center. Designs were specified to encourage building occupants to maintain active lifestyles, with pedestrian oriented features that include an open, skylit central staircase to encourage taking the stairs, a yoga studio, bike racks, standing desks, and a central location that supports public transportation.

Congratulations to all this years’ recipients for continuing to push the boundaries of high performance building.

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