Clark Builders Group Project Named Tysons Corner’s First LEED Gold Residential Building
TYSONS CORNER, Va.—On Friday, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded LEED Gold certification to Ovation at Park Crest, making it Tysons Corner's first LEED Gold residential building. Constructed by Clark Builders Group (CBG), the 300-unit, 19-story apartment community earned 61 points, scoring highly in the sustainable sites, indoor environmental quality, and innovation categories.
Ovation at Park Crest
"Ovation at Park Crest is truly a groundbreaking endeavor, and one of which we are incredibly proud to deliver in partnership with CBG, Penrose, and Northwestern Mutual," said Kevin Pennington, senior project manager at Lessard Design. "The increasing market demand for high-end, green residences provided us the opportunity to deliver a community that is an outstanding example of commitment to quality design, engineering and functionality. As architects we are most proud of the design and functionality; however we find ourselves awed by the many remarkable engineering marvels that were used to make this the highest performing multifamily building in the area. We can rest assured that the work we all collectively did will remain relevant and vital in Tysons Corner as it evolves through the 21st century."
Ovation at Park Crest was designed to incorporate a number of energy- and water-saving features, while CBG also devoted special attention to reduce the amount of construction waste produced on site. The building's low-impact design reduces irrigation by 85 percent, while its stormwater management system prevents erosion and runoff. Additionally, the environmentally sensitive building exterior and hardscape management plan reduces harmful chemical use, energy and water waste, air pollution, and chemical runoff compared with standard practices.
CBG diverted 98 percent of the on-site generated construction waste from landfills and achieved an energy cost savings of 28 percent using an improved thermal envelope, high efficiency glazing, high efficiency water source heat pumps, and exhaust air heat recovery. Inside the building, residents benefit from water efficient fixtures and stainless steel EnergyStar appliances.
The building itself utilizes green wind power for 100 percent of its electricity, and 23 percent of the materials used to construct, finish, and furnish the building contain recycled content. All adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, and flooring systems used in the building are low-VOC.
"We are proud to partner with The Penrose Group and Lessard to deliver this sustainable community to Tysons Corner," said Keith Anderson, president of Clark Builders Group. "While all of our work has become much more sustainable, achieving Gold certification is still very special and reflects the hard work of the entire team."
Benefiting from close proximity to public transportation, including several bus stops and the Tysons Corner Metro serving Northern Virginia's Dulles Corridor via the newly accessible Silver Line, Ovation at Park Crest promotes walkability and public transportation. The property also features bicycle storage and reserved underground parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
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About Clark Builders Group/
Consistently ranked as one of the top multifamily builders in the nation, Clark Builders Group (CBG) is one of the nation's premier builders of luxury apartments, military family housing, and mixed-use communities. CBG has constructed more than 60,000 homes since its founding in 1992 and boasts an extensive portfolio of nationally acclaimed, award-winning communities on both coasts. CBG is an affiliate of the Clark Construction Group, one of the nation's oldest and largest private general contractors. For more information, visit
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit