• photo courtesy of Fortis Construction and Shane Kucera

Education Center, Oregon Zoo

Portland, OR

Project Categories

Living Buildings + Net-Zero and Civic + cultural

Business Type

Interpretive Center

Size

20,000 square feet

Because the zoo gets so many visitors, this building is able to make a big potential impact by showing off it's sustainability. Windows into mechanical rooms let visitors see the rainwater harvesting system and screens on the wall show off exactly how much solar energy is gathered on any given day.

Architect

Opsis Architecture

Owner

Metro

PAE Role

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

BAM

Technology design

Architectural lighting design

Pursuing LEED Gold

Pursuing Net Zero Energy

Sustainability

Certifications

  • Pursuing Net-Zero Energy
  • Pursuing LEED Gold

Special features

  • Rooftop photovoltaic array
  • Rainwater reclamation provides water for flushing toilets
  • High performance building envelope reduces heating and cooling requirements
  • Operable windows provide passive cooling and natural ventilation
  • Demand-controlled heat recovery ventilation
  • Air-to-water heat pump efficiently generates heating and chilled water as needed
  • Radiant floor heating and cooling
  • Heat pump domestic water heating reduces energy usage
  • DI/RO water system provides excellent water purification for insect and turtle exhibits