October 3, 2011 -- The 234 solar panels that helped Portland State University’s (PSU’s) Lincoln Hall win a prestigious LEED Platinum certification were installed on the building’s roof in late September.
Installation of the panels completed all the items the design and construction team used to gain 54 LEED points for the building – two more than the Platinum requirement. The U.S. Green Building Council granted Lincoln Hall the Platinum certification in June based on the design and construction plans.
Lincoln Hall – the former Lincoln High School before it became Portland State’s first building in 1952 -- is the first LEED Platinum building on campus, and is one of seven LEED-certified PSU buildings.
Lincoln Hall was built in 1911, and was referred to as Old Main when PSU established it’s downtown campus in the early 1950s. It houses the dean’s office of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, as well as the Department of Music and Department of Theatre and Film.
“I think it’s amazing that we could achieve LEED Platinum with a 100-year-old building. This is pretty unique,” said Barbara Sestak dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts. “All the team members – the architects the engineers, the facilities managers – worked so well to come up with the creative solutions that led to this award.”
The building has been going through an extensive renovation, funded in part by $31 million in appropriations by the Oregon Legislature and government stimulus money. It was granted LEED Platinum status – the highest possible ranking in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program – based on an array of plans to boost the building’s energy efficiency. Those plans also included the installation of 324 new custom energy-efficient windows
The solar panels were installed by Howard Wright Constructors. They will provide 54 kilowatts of electricity, or about 2 percent of the building’s energy needs.
About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and it provides every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Its downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability through green buildings and business practice. Sustainability is incorporated into much of PSU’s curriculum.