Portland is no stranger to green building, so when the city’s community college entrusted Hennebery Eddy Architects with the design of a new campus building, it would settle for nothing less than LEED Platinum. The Portland Community College’s Newberg Center opened for the Fall 2011 semester as a net-zero-ready facility and later achieved LEED Platinum certification. With just five classrooms, the building is notably not huge, but that will make it easier to achieve net-zero energy once solar panels are installed. To heat and cool the building, louvers draw fresh air from outside while five stacks along the building’s central spine release hot air. All said and done, the Newberg Center is substantially green—even in the land of green building.
By Melanie Loth December 18, 2012