The Ascent is a 26-story, 416,000 square foot luxury high-rise apartment building located in the booming urban center of Tysons. As the largest building in the area, modern designs, sustainable strategies, a wellness focus, and its proximity to a new metro station were intended to appeal to the area’s prominent Millennial demographic.


Paladino worked with the project architect, WDG Architecture, as LEED consultant, providing sustainability strategy, LEED documentation and commissioning services for the project.

To meet the owner’s sustainability goals, the team first conducted design reviews to determine the building’s LEED rating potential and reported LEED prerequisite and credit recommendations to the design team. Next, Paladino facilitated eco-charrettes with the project team to identify and solidify LEED goals and objectives. The team then managed the project’s LEED certification process from registration to team coordination, documentation, technical assistance, review and reporting.

Commissioning and energy modeling were performed to identify opportunities for energy and cost savings, verify indoor air quality, and uncover any system installation issues during the construction phase.

Sustainable design features and technologies include built-in recycling systems, water efficiency measures, a green roof design, rooftop stormwater management and low water landscape design. A focus on wellness for occupants was demonstrated through specific building features and aesthetics like communal space, large windows to provide ample daylight and views, optimal indoor air quality through low-VOC finishes, walkability and proximity to public transportation.


Ultimately, the project achieved LEED-NC Gold certification and opened in 2014, providing a building that aligns with community values and offers a healthy, active and vibrant place to live.