GSA’s Edith Green Federal Building Receives Prestigious AIA Sustainable Design Award
High performing building delivers on innovative sustainability features and saves taxpayers money
SEATTLE, Wash. – The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building located at 1220 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, Ore., is the honored recipient of the Top Ten Plus award by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE). In its fourth year, the award recognizes one past AIA COTE Top Ten Project Award recipient which has quantifiable metrics that demonstrate the true impact the sustainable design has achieved. The project, designed by SERA Architects, Inc. and Cutler Anderson Architects was selected in 2014 as a recipient of the AIA/COTE Top Ten Project Award program.
The building was originally constructed in 1974 and underwent a major renovation between 2009 and 2013 including systems and envelope replacement. This building now demonstrates the innovations that are redefining what a high-performance building can be.
“GSA is not only forging new ground in high-performing building innovations, it also serves as an economic catalyst,” said George Northcroft, Northwest Arctic Regional Administrator. “Over the last six years, GSA’s Northwest Arctic Region spent $350 million in 41 construction projects.”
About The Building:
- Renovated building uses 50% less energy than original structure
- Reduced gas and electrical costs showed 45% in annual energy savings
- Natural gas and electricity expenses are down significantly and saving taxpayers about $313,000 per year
- The building is now saving close to four million gallons of water per year
- Projected lifecycle cost reduction of $2 million due to radiant heating and cooling system compared to traditional Variable Air Volume Air Systems
- Starting in May 2016, the building will be 95 percent occupied.
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