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Helen Gordon Child Development Center

The Helen Gordon Child Development Center, built in 1928, was originally the Portland Fruit and Flower Mission. It became a full-time child development facility with the help of Helen Gordon, an advocate for young children and their right to quality child care and pre-school. The renovation and new addition, completed in 2004, involved a number of energy conservation measures as well as controls and abatement for lead-based paint and asbestos. Today, the Helen Gordon Child Development Center provides parents with high-quality on-campus child care and serves as an academic laboratory resource for PSU students and faculty in fields of early childhood education, child and family studies, psychology and related fields.

• 2004 Historic Renovation

• Walk Score® ranking of 94 - Walkers' Paradise

• Unique reuse of Carriage House as covered playground for children

Key strategies include: high-efficiency lighting system; clear glass in doorways to maximize daylight and allow natural light to filter through hallways; natural ventilation design wherein space between original building and addition forms a chimney effect, heat drawn through vents in ceiling of "piazza" keeps space cool; distinctive building details preserved; exposed utilities and heated floors reduce need for resources otherwise used for ceiling tiles; and planters reduce stormwater volume and filter out pollutants to improve water quality.