Oregon Universities Plan an Ambitiously Green Building in the Heart of Portland

Oregon Universities Plan an Ambitiously Green Building 1

SERA Architects

The Oregon Sustainability Center, planned for a vacant lot in Portland and supported largely through state money in the university system, will be by far the largest building designed to meet the standards of the world's most stringent green-building program.

Enlarge Image
close Oregon Universities Plan an Ambitiously Green Building 1

SERA Architects

The Oregon Sustainability Center, planned for a vacant lot in Portland and supported largely through state money in the university system, will be by far the largest building designed to meet the standards of the world's most stringent green-building program.

Jay Kenton, vice chancellor for finance and administration in the Oregon University system, does not fret about whether he can gather the money to build what may be one of the greenest buildings in the world, next to the campus of Portland State University. He doesn't even seem concerned about whether architects, engineers, and builders can pull off the ambitious $90-million, 220,000-square-foot mixed-use project, at least technically.

No, what concerns him is what the occupants will