Yoga Union goes after Living Building status
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
Ground on the new Yoga Union wellness center is expected to break this year.
A sustainable remodel of a Southeast Portland industrial building will provide a naturally comfortable spot for yoga.
Yoga Union’s new community wellness center, near the corner of Southeast 50th Avenue and Division Street, could better serve the group’s yoga teachers, students and other health and wellness providers.
The center’s owners are attempting to meet Living Building Challenge standards as they seek responsible construction and operating methods.
The 8,500-square-foot structure will include yoga and movement studios, an event space, a child care center for members, a café, a green roof and a wellness center that offers naturopathic and acupuncture care and massage therapy.
The Yoga Union building is the 14th project in Oregon to register with the Living Building Challenge, according to the International Living Future Institute.
The project is expected to break ground later this year.
We caught with Todd Vogt, the Yoga Union’s co-owner, building owner Chris Calarco and contractor Alex Boetzel of Green Hammer to find out a bit more about the ambitious project.
Sustainable Business Oregon: Talk about the changes you’re making at Yoga Union.
Todd Vogt: Yoga Union is making some substantial changes, both physically and in what we offer. For 13 years, we’ve been Yoga Union Community Wellness Center and though we’ve always functioned as a community that’s centered on wellness, this relocation will give us the opportunity to fully embody our full title. This will be made possible by the strength and willingness of our community. The cooperative nature of this expansion will allow Yoga Union to stay focused on providing consistent, inspiring yoga classes while adding much more.
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