Green Top Ten - Buildings for Education
In Newberg, Oregon, southwest of Portland, the first building has been built on a new 15-acre (6-hectare) campus for Portland Community College (PCC). The structure's distinctive forms provide a visual clue about the strategies — including passive cooling and extensive daylighting — that were used to achieve its goal of zero net energy use.
Designed by Hennebery Eddy Architects, the LEED Platinum-certified PCC Newberg Center is one of six education buildings on the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects list for 2012, created by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE).
We published the other four projects on this year's green top ten list — all office buildings — in ArchitectureWeek No. 559.
PCC Newberg Center • Portland, Oregon
Portland Community College selected a greenfield site as the location for its fourth full campus in part because of growing attendance at its next-nearest campus — located 20 miles (32 kilometers) away via a congested highway — by recent high school graduates from Newberg and the surrounding small communities.
The new campus is said to reduce the total vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and thus the carbon footprint, of these commuter students.
The Newberg campus has also been integrated with local transit and bike routes. However, only three percent of building occupants are expected to travel by these alternative means.
As the first building on the new Newberg campus for PCC, the 13,500-square-foot (1,250-square-meter) Newberg Center will also act as the campus gateway. And until further development occurs, the building will combine many of the functions that the college requires — academic, administrative, and social.
PCC Newberg Center, Portland, Oregon —
Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building, Hood River, Oregon —
Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —
UC Merced Long Range Development Plan, Merced, California —
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