Student Center and Academic Building

Project Info

Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Portland, Oregon
81,000 sf
Completed 2014

The new Student Center and Academic Building continue the campus’s progression to the west, creating new outdoor plazas which serve as anchor points to the existing campus “mall.” Both new buildings have an east-west orientation to maximize solar control and encourage natural ventilation strategies. Renovations and additions to the existing Library and Student Services building will bring these facilities into the 21st century with a focus on technology, collaboration and diverse learning environments.

Underground parking, coupled with an aggressive Transportation Demand Management Plan, establishes a framework for current and future development that respects the diversity of the surrounding neighborhood, preserves opportunity for future campus development within existing boundaries, supports the College’s climate commitment through efficient land use, and encourages access to the campus by means other than the single occupant vehicle.

Sustainable Design Highlights:
Project Metrics:
  • LEED Gold
  • AIA 2030 Compliant – Academic Building is 73% more energy efficient and Student Center is 60% more energy efficient when compared to the national average for their building types.
  • Optimized Energy Performance – Academic Building is 50% and Student Center is 41% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007.

    Primary Sustainable Features:
  • Energy Reduction: Primary heat is provided by a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) fan coil system with heat recovery and 100% of ventilation is provided by a dedicated outside air system (DOAS).
  • Natural Ventilation: Hallways and other similar transitional spaces utilize natural ventilation.
  • Stormwater Management: 100% of stormwater is treated and dispersed on site.
  • Energy Reduction: High performing envelope construction (rainscreen technology, continuous R-20 wall insulation and R-50 roof insulation, 30% window to wall ratio, high performance glazing, exterior sun-shades).
  • Water Use Reduction: Projected water-use reduction of at least 30% better than code.
  • Landscaping: Native or adapted species reduce irrigation demand by at least 50%.
  • Transportation: Aggressive transportation demand measures will reduce single occupant vehicle demand by 50%, thus preventing the need to construct a multi-story parking garage, and preserving land for future development.
  • Transportation: Designated parking for Low-Emitting vehicles and electric car charging stations.