Native American Building A LEED Candidate

On May 11th, Native American students at Oregon State University and their families gathered with friends and supporters to celebrate plans for the the university’s new Native American Cultural Center, which will begin construction next month.

The Oregon university’s current Native American Cultural Center has been housed in the campus’s Native American Longhouse, a Quonset hut just southwest of the Memorial Union that currently serves as a place of multicultural and inter-cultural education, providing a home for traditional singing, dancing, storytelling and ceremony on campus.

National Museum of the American Indian

image via Jones & Jones

The new center will be designed by noted Native American architect Johnpaul Jones and his Seattle-based architecture firm, Jones & Jones, who designed the critically acclaimed National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

The project will be built to LEED Silver standards, with expected completion in early 2012.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.