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Education Center, Oregon Zoo

Portland, OR

Project Categories

Living Buildings + Net-Zero and Civic + cultural

Business Type

Interpretive Center


20,000 square feet


Opsis Architecture



PAE Role

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

Building analysis and modeling

Technology design

Architectural lighting design

Pursuing LEED Gold

Pursuing Net Zero Energy



  • 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