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.
- A 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.