May 11, 2011

What: Open house to review the completed schematic design of the Oregon Sustainability Center
When: Wednesday, May 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: American Institute of Architects, Portland Chapter
403 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, 97209
Who: The project team, which is led by Gerding Edlen and includes SERA Architects, GBD Architects and Skanska Construction

This meeting will serve as the public’s opportunity to review and comment on the completed schematic design for the OSC. The design projects a cost of $59.3 million for the Center. The projected cost is 15 to 20 percent higher than comparable institutional buildings like the PSU Student Recreation Center and the Port of Portland’s new headquarters at the Portland Airport. About $65 of the cost per square foot represents the expense of meeting the Living Building Challenge and providing public space. A similar price premium was evident 15 years ago for LEED construction, now considered an industry standard.

The Oregon Sustainability Center project is led by the Oregon University System, Portland Development Commission, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Oregon Living Building Initiative. For a complete list of key partners and the design team visit: