Portland Timbers’ Stadium Takes LEED

Residents of Portland, Ore., are passionate about both green living and their Major League Soccer team, the Portland Timbers. Now those two passions have come together in the Timbers’ revamped Jeld-Wen Field, which recently garnered LEED certification.

Sustainable Business Oregon reports that the stadium’s green features include energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycling stations and food-waste composting programs, as well as subsidized mass transit programs and bicycle racks for fans. Certified green materials and equipment were used during construction.

JELD-WEN Field

image via Portland Timbers

“The challenge we face is taking an 85-year-old facility and transforming it into a leading example of efficient use of resources,” said Ken Puckett, the stadium’s senior vice president of operations, in a statement. He went on to say the stadium’s managers will continue to try to identify ways to increase efficiency in all areas of operations.

The renovation was completed at a cost of $40 million, with Ellerbe Becket serving as the primary architect, Icon Venue Group as the project manager and Turner Construction as the project’s general contractor. The stadium is named for Oregon-based window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen, which, despite serious financial troubles, this spring signed a 10-year naming rights deal with the Timbers.

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.