List: Which Oregon architects are in the LEED? (photos)
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Portland State's Academic and Student Recreation Center, by Yost Grube Hall, is one example of the region's several stunningly designed LEED-certified projects. Click through for our ranking of the top 25 green architecture firms.
#23 (tie). SRM Architecture & Marketing Inc.
LEED-Certfied employees: 3
In revamping the Beaverton Toyota Service Center, the automaker wanted its dealership to reflect the community around it. Toyota enlisted SRM to instill energy efficiency solutions while reusing as much of the existing facility as possible. That's why Principal Harrison Royce reused 97 percent of the structure's shell. Prismatic skylights reduce the energy use while improving lighting at the same time. Fast-closing overhead doors maintain improved climate control. The result: LEED Gold certification.
#23 (tie). Western Architectural
LEED-Certified employees: 3
Western Architectural worked with LRS Architects on Lovejoy Block 1, the Safeway Pearl block that includes a spiffy ecoroof waterproofing and building envelope. Western Architectural reviewed construction documents, specs and details and advised on weatherproofing details for the exterior building envelope.
#23 (tie). Otak Architects Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 3
The 80-unit affordable housing project that OTAK is green-i-fying represents the last phase of the transit-oriented Yards at Union Station Development. The project is built on a recovered brownfield site and incorporates planters, energy-efficient lighting and high-recycled content materials throughout each dwelling.Dave Davidson
#22. Myhre Group Architects
LEED-Certified employees: 4
The Stafford Hills Club's new wellness, fitness, tennis and aquatics facility may look fancy-schmancy but is, at its heart, utilitarian. That's because Myhre Group used enough everyday touches to make the facility LEED Silver. Much of that comes from the Stafford's location on five acres of a fifteen-acre site that preserves existing wetlands, flood plain constraints and existing utility easements.
#21. GBJ Architecture
LEED-Certified employees: 5
The MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital Patient Care Tower in Puyallup, Wash., is an early health care adopter in the green movement. The tower features locally sourced construction materials, from concrete to cabinetry, as well as low VOC-emitting materials used in its paints and carpets. Its green roofs with native plants absorb the sun’s energy without reflecting it. A series of rain gardens and storm water run off collection points help manage water flow around the space. Sun shades on south exposure windows also reduce the amount of air conditioning that’s needed.
#20. Waterleaf Architecture and Interiors
LEED-Certified employees: 6
Mark Mikolavich (pictured) is joined on Waterleaf's team by fellow LEED enthusiasts Ryan Brunelle, Brian Hjelte, Karen Lange, Erin Lauer, Emily Refi and Tony Tranquilli.
#18 (tie). Soderstrom Architects
LEED-Certified employees: 9
The University of Portland's Donald P. Shiley Hall is Soderstrom's LEED Platinum jewel. The 2009 remodel of the 61-year-old structure cost $16 million, but designers wasted no materials. The project combined salvaged masonry from the historic building to create architectural "bookends" to a three-story gallery space that "reflects the 1948 building's bilateral symmetry."Bruce Forster
#18 (tie). FFA Architecture and Interiors Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 9
FFA's work on the White Stag Block, better known as the University of Oregon's Portland home, nabbed LEED Gold status. "The design team embraced the opportunity to find innovative solutions to these limitations," the firm wrote. "In so doing, we found and utilized existing, less desirable interior spaces to house certain items commonly found outside, such as the detention tank and bicycle parking areas." The school kicked in almost 12,000 square feet of maple flooring from a recent remodel of the Gerlinger Hall gymnasium on its Eugene campus to the cause.
#17. Scott Edwards
LEED-Certified employees: 10
Scott Edwards really put some defining green touches on Newberg's Chehalem Cultural Center. The adaptive reuse of a 40,000 square foot, 1930’s-era public school building landed LEED Silver status by virture of its extensive reuse. Its low flow plumbing fixtures, highly efficient lighting and day lighting systems, along with a solar water heater system, reduced water and energy use by 26 percent and 27 percent respectively.Pete Eckert
#16. Mahlum Architects Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 12
Western Oregon's Ackerman Hall is the country's first LEED Platinum resident hall in the U.S., according to the Mahlum team. Among the myriad reasons for the honor, it includes include a rainwater harvesting system that contributes to a 50 percent reduction in potable water usage and two types of solar pre-heat systems that contribute to a projected 35 percent reduction in energy consumption.
#15. TVA Architects Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 13
TVA's work on "The Matt" earned both LEED Gold status and an appreciative eye from sports fans who love the nontraditional facility's game feel. The Oregon Ducks' new-ish hoops home includes materials repurposed from an industrial brownfield facility. The gently sloping roof uses large energy-saving paddle fans to increase air circulation. Energy use is projected at 30 percent below code. The facility is the first LEED Gold structure on UO's Eugene campus and the first LEED Gold arena in the NCAA.Lawrence Anderson
#14. Dull Olson Weekes - IBI Group Architects Inc.
LEED-certified employees: 15
Who says a high school can't be sustainable? Dull Olson Weekes' work on the Sandy High project collected LEED Gold honors because of, among other factors, The 300 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array that's paired with a solar hot water pre-heat system. Green roofs also slash the amount of storm water that needs to be treated in the raised building areas. Plus, a 500,000 gallon rainwater storage tank provides nonpotable water while a mechanical system utilizes a large geothermal loop beneath the ball fields.
#13. Yost Grube Hall Architecture
LEED-Certified employees: 17
It takes 29 percent less energy to make the Portland State Academic and Student Recreation Center comfortable than it does for comparable buildings. That's because Yost Grube Hall worked to envelop the building with sun screens, insulated dual pane glazing, a super insulated wall and a flexible ventilation system. What's more the reuse of existing well water drawn from and re-injected to the aquifer eliminates the need for a cooling plant. Some 95 percent of the demolition materials and construction debris were diverted from landfills.
#12. Opsis Architecture
LEED-Certified employees: 18
Opsis' work on the Hood River Middle School Music and Science building helped the structure attain LEED Gold certification. The building was completed in 2011 and features a multi-use event space, a hearth and interactive touch-screen panels.
#11. THA Architecture Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 19
Mercy, mercy me. The Mercy Corps structure in Portland's Old Town neighborhood is arguable the city's defining LEED project. “The holistic parallel of who Mercy Corps is—their work pursuing sustainability socially, economically, environmentally—and finding a way to manifest that in the project really stood out," said David Keltner, AIA, principal and lead designer at THA Architecture. "We worked to achieve the highest levels of sustainability along with the highest levels of design. These aren’t antagonistic values, they go together.” Nicely put. Among its features: A terracotta rainscreen that works with adjacent façades.Jeff Amram
#9 (tie). SRG Partnership Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 20
SRG's plans for Lane Community College's downtown campus has helped generate some $200 million in improvements to nearby buildings. That's a critical sustainability component, with economics nudging against the such building strategies that SRG believes will make part of the building LEED Platinum. Solar hot water, rain water harvesting, building mass and geothermal heat exchange and a high-performance envelope are just a few of the green touches. Plus, the five-story glass atrium serves as a “lung” for the entire building by ventilating it.
#9 (tie). Boora Architects
LEED-Certified employees: 20
After 96 years of use, Lincoln Hall, home to Portland State University’s performing arts, was in such terrible shape it was considered for demolition. Enter Boora, as well as state funding that saved the building by covering costs for deferred maintenance, accessibility and seismic improvements. Needing more financial wherewithal, Boora’s team “stretched a deferred maintenance budget into a whole building transformation” that eventually led to a platinum designation.Steve Maylone
#8. IDC Architects
LEED-Certified employees: 22
Portland State University's Science Building 2 is a LEED Gold building located in the heart of the school's urban campus. IDC helped repair the badly outdated structure that needed significant upgrades to meet city and state building codes. At the same time, refurbishing the building led to a smaller carbon footprint. SB2 features 200 high-performance hoods that reduce air flow in the building. That's important in a 250,000-square-foot building whose designers want it to be both environmentally and structurally sound.Russ Widstrand
#7. MulvannyG2 Architecture
LEED-Certified employees: 25
MulvannyG2 counts Fred Meyer's increasing green-building efforts among its top recent accomplishments. The Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard outlet earned LEED Silver honors. Mulvanny has worked with Fred Meyer since 2000.
#5 (tie). Sera Architects Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 28
Sera's design of the New Blanchet House of Hospitality combines environmental responsibility with compassion. The LEED Platinum building in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood includes rainwater harvesting systems, energy-efficient lighting, extra insulation, thermally-broken low-e windows, and a 2,500-square-foot eco-roof. The roof and the rainwater tank allow building managers to oversee 100 percent of the stormwater on site.Jamie Forsythe
#5 (tie). LRS Architects Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 28
LRS' sizable nine-story, 280,000-square-foot mixed-use building in Portland’s Pearl District features a retail shell on the ground level, with four levels of above-ground parking (380 stalls), and three levels of flex commercial office space. It's all topped with an eco-garden roof terrace. Shoppers know it as the home of the Pearl's Safeway. Architects know it as a certified LEED Gold structure that's worth its weight in green.
#4. Hennebery Eddy Architects Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 34
At the LEED Platinum Portland Community College Newberg Center, Hennebery Eddy's team achieved the coveted Net Zero energy usage goal. Ventilation stacks with wind-driven ventilators use rising heat to draw in fresh air at the building's base. Other sustainable elements include daylighting, wind-driven turbines, louvers that let in fresh air and a photovoltaic array.
#3. ZGF Architects LLP
LEED-Certified employees: 36
If the LEED-Gold worthy Portland International Airport building looks like an airplane itself, there's a good reason for that. The 10-story building was inspired by the form of an airplane hull, and it sits right in front of the PDX main terminal on top of a new parking structure. About 230 people work in the offices, enjoying a ninth-floor ecoroof and high-performance glazing. A "Living Machine" processes all of the building’s waste water from toilets, sinks and showers for reuse in toilet flushing and the HVAC cooling tower.
#2. GBD Architects Inc.
LEED-Certified employees: 42
The GBD team's Janey Apartments offer a sleek example of River District reuse. While GBD made an effort to not mimic turn of the century construction, many other River District touches appear in the building's commercially sized windows, brick and the "structurally expressive steel at the pedestrian level canopies." Naturally, the building also features an eco-roof and salvaged wood.Josh Partee
#1. Ankrom Moisan Architects
LEED-Certified employees: 48
Portland's leading LEED architecture firm, in terms of workers, has built such LEED Gold projects as The Ramona, a six-story affordable housing structure with 138 rental units. The tight wood frame envelope complements high-quality casement windows and low-flow water fixtures in providing top-notch energy efficiency. The pictured solar PV panels work in tandem with the solar thermal water heating system. A 31,000-square-foot eco-roof and filter in the courtyard treat 100 percent of the site's stormwater.