PSU gets first LEED Platinum for Lincoln Hall
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
An overhaul of a 100-year-old building earned a LEED Platinum designation for Portland State University.
The renovation of Portland State University's Lincoln Hall landed a LEED Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first building on campus to have achieved the highest green rating.
The home to the university's School of Fine and Performing Arts, Lincoln Hall was built in 1911 and was used as a high school before it became the first building of the current PSU campus in 1952.
The renovation was funded with $31 million in appropriations from the Oregon Legislature and government stimulus money.
"We aim for Gold on all of new construction and renovation projects and Lincoln Hall will make our seventh LEED certified building on campus,” said Wim Wiewel, president of PSU, in a press release.
In a situation similar to the recent award of LEED Platinum for the Port of Portland building, PSU was aiming for Gold designation but was able to achieve Platinum status by adding solar panels to the building.
Some other features of the remodel include:
- A seismic upgrade including steel brace frames, mat foundations and shear walls.
- Hazardous materials, including asbestos, were removed or reduced throughout the building.
- Energy efficiency measures including the use of daylight and double-paned windows.
The work was led by J. J. Henri Co., BOORA Architects and Howard S. Wright Construction.
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