Oregon among leaders in LEED green building

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt federal building
The renovated Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt federal building in downtown Portland was a notable building that was certified as LEED Platinum in 2013. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian)

Elliot Njus | enjus@oregonian.comBy Elliot Njus | enjus@oregonian.com 
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on February 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM, updated February 18, 2014 at 5:43 PM

A renovated downtown Portland federal office building and a Tigard commercial office campus in Tigard helped push Oregon into the top 10 states for LEED-certified construction in 2013.

The U.S. Green Building Council, the keepers of the LEED certification system, said Oregon had the seventh-most square footage certified per capita among U.S. states last year. The LEED system recognizes energy and water-saving features in design, construction and operation.

Oregon didn’t crack the top 10 in 2012, but nearly 7 million square feet, or 1.83 feet per resident, were LEED certified in 47 Oregon properties in 2013. The largest:

  • The 716,000-square-foot Lincoln Center in Tigard, acquired by Shorenstein Properties of San Francisco in 2007, was certified LEED Silver in November.
  • The 18-story, 450,000-square-foot Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt federal building in Portland, was stripped to its frame in a $139 million renovation. It was LEED Platinum certified in December.
  • new high school in Sandy, totaling more than 302,000 square feet, was LEED Gold certified in May.

The top-ranked state was Illinois, which saw 2.29 LEED-certified square feet per capita.

Washington, D.C., saw 32.45 square feet per capita certified under the LEED system but — as the Green Building Council helpfully points out — is not a state. It also has an edge because the General Services Administration, the federal government’s landlord, has recommended that most new construction be certified under LEED.

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