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Portland Federal Building Earns Top Marks in Sustainability

PORTLAND, OR - Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the newly renovated Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Oregon is meeting top industry benchmarks by reducing energy and water consumption, cutting utility costs and easing its overall impact on the environment. Because of the high performance green building features, Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for New Construction. The certification highlights GSA’s ongoing commitment to superior environmental performance and building and maintaining federal buildings that reduce operating costs and save taxpayer dollars.

“GSA’s efforts to increase the environmental performance of its real estate portfolio are a central part of our mission, and we are committed to building green to help reduce the federal government’s consumption of energy and water, and increase our use of clean and renewable energy sources,” said GSA Regional Administrator George Northcroft. “This certification is additional proof that we deliver on that commitment.”

The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building is on track to achieve a 55 percent reduction in energy use, saving approximately $300,000 - $400,000 in energy operating costs annually. It was designed to be one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the country. GSA and its design and construction partners installed a variety energy-efficient technologies and features including radiant cooling and heating, exterior shading, and photovoltaics on the roof that double as the rainwater collection system.

LEED Platinum is the highest sustainability measure a facility can attain under the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification standards. Third party certification systems, like LEED New Construction help verify a building’s performance and to determine its compliance with federal green building requirements contained in statute and executive order. Additionally, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt federal building renovation was recently recognized with a 2013 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects for its outstanding transformation for a 35 year old building.

The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building was completely renovated between 2010 and 2013 with Cutler Anderson Architects, SERA Architects, and Howard S. Wright Construction. It now provides high-quality office space for 16 federal agencies to serve the American people. It is one of 600 facilities that GSA owns or leases in the Pacific Northwest. Visit GSA.gov to learn more about the specific features of Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building.

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