Portland State University awarded another LEED Gold certification
Author: Scott Gallagher
Posted: May 27, 2010

(Portland, Ore.) May 27, 2010 - Portland State University (PSU) is proud to announce that Shattuck Hall has been awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is the USGBC's rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.

"We're growing," said Wim Wiewel, president of PSU, "and we're doing it responsibly. Reusing old buildings like this reflects the University's commitment to urban sustainability. Essentially, we're practicing what we preach and what we teach."

Shattuck HallĀ  (1914 S.W. Park Ave.) is home to PSU's Department of Architecture, serving undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other programs. Much of the building has been left "undressed" and exposed, to serve as a teaching tool for students on how to build "green."

Originally an elementary school constructed by Portland Public Schools in 1914, Shattuck was the first deferred maintenance project fully funded by the state of Oregon. The three story, 66,000 square-foot project has won several awards since its 2008 renovation, including the Engineering Excellence 2010 Project of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon.

Shattuck Hall is PSU's third LEED Gold certification and the sixth LEED certified building on campus. Previous Gold awards have been made to the University's Academic Student Recreation Center (1800 S.W. Sixth Ave.) and the Engineering Building at the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology (1930 S.W. Fourth Ave.). The Broadway, Steven Epler Hall and the Biology Research Greenhouses complex all earned LEED Silver.

The Shattuck Hall renovation project team included Portland State University as owner and developer; SRG Partnership, architecture and interior design; Catena Consulting Engineers, structural engineering; PAE Consulting Engineers of Portland, its mechanical, electrical and lighting systems design; and Howard S. Wright Constructors, general contractor.

PSU's Lincoln Hall (1620 S.W. Park Ave.), originally a high school built in 1911 and Portland State's first building downtown, is now undergoing renovation. Home to PSU's performing arts programs, Lincoln is also on track to earn LEED Gold certification after it reopens in fall 2010.

About LEED(r)
The LEED(r) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System(tm) is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned
within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. For more information, visit

About Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 125 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve
the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.
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