Another Portland Building Heads Towards LEED

A new healthcare facility opening in downtown Portland that’s run by an organization called Central City Concern will bring together medical and mental health care for the homeless in a building expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) Gold certification.

The Old Town Recovery Center located at 33 NW Broadway is expected to serve more than 4,000 patients at its new building. The facility integrates primary health care with behavioral care in a 44,000-square-foot building that includes offices, exam rooms, counseling rooms, nursing stations and an atrium.

Via SERA Architects

SERA Architects designed the $20 million building and Walsh Construction was general contractor. The building’s eco-friendly characteristics include rainwater collection, energy-efficient lighting, natural lighting that is brought in from large windows, and a host of other energy-saving features.

The project was funded by an initial $8.95 million investment federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Facility Investment Program grant. Additional funding came from Wells Fargo Bank through bonds and tax credits. In addition to helping patients, the new facility has generated 300 jobs in Portland.

This building also joins a laundry list of other LEED focused facilities in this city.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.