Paladino worked directly with the project developer, Duball Petworth, LLC as they redeveloped a 60-year old Safeway store located at 3830 Georgia Avenue in Washington, DC. The property is situated on 1.56 acres, one-block from the Georgia Avenue-Petworth metro station and was revitalized to include the modern 62,400 square foot, ground floor Safeway store situated under a five story, 285,000 square foot residential building containing approximately 220 apartment units, a fitness center, social room and 215 below-grade parking spaces.


Paladino handled the LEED consulting, commissioning, and energy modeling for the project. Sustainable highlights of the project include water savings, reduced lighting power density, and support of sustainable transportation methods like biking and public transportation access. The team tackled challenges related to meeting ENERGY STAR for all equipment due to the number of appliances in the store.


Though targeting LEED Silver, the project team achieved LEED Gold for the residential space and LEED Commercial Interiors Retail Gold for the Safeway store. The project demonstrates the consideration of community needs during development. Its proximity to public transportation and residential living provides the region with a new hub of connectivity while simultaneously boosting economic growth to the area.

The Paladino team also assisted the project with necessary DCRA permitting associated with the city sustainability requirements. To achieve LEED certification, the facility needed to meet 18% energy cost savings. The project ended up at 20% energy cost savings compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2007.