• Image courtesy of Christian Colombres and Edward Running

  • Image courtesy of Christian Colombres and Edward Running

Agricultural Science Complex, Chemeketa Community College

Salem, OR

Business Type



21,000 square feet

A community and education hub to promote teaching and learning about sustainable agriculture. Flexible learning and research areas allow for working and collaboration space for students, faculty, staff, and community partners.



  • Net-Zero Energy

Progress Report

  • Net Zero Energy Pilot Program through PGE
  • Designed to LEED Silver

Special features

  • Constructed with local mass timber, regionally honored by Woodworks with an award for excellence in wood building design.
  • The photovoltaic roof harnesses energy from the sun while also shading and sheltering the walkway beneath.
  • Radiant floors offer efficient heating and cooling.
  • Mixed-mode Ventiliation using 1) operable windows and turbine ventilators for natural ventilation and 2) Dedicated Outside Air system to provide mechanical ventilation.
  • Enhanced thermal performance of the building envelope allowed for reduced mechanical systems.
  • Heat pump water heater for domestic hot water.

Media Coverage

DJC Oregon: Local projects recognized for wood design excellence