• Photo courtesy of Loren Nelson.

  • Photo courtesy of Loren Nelson.

Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building

Portland, OR

Business Type

Federal office building


516,000 square feet

The major renovation of this federal office building in Portland’s central business district replaced the mechanical, electrical, data, fire and life systems for a modern and updated building. Updating the 18-story 70’s-era building offered a chance to meet new energy requirements and showcase a new approach to beauty and sustainability.


SERA Architects


General Services Administration



  • LEED Platinum

Progress Report

Pursuing 45% energy efficiency

Special features

  • Among the 18-story building’s many sustainable features is an 185kW rooftop photovoltaic system that will provide approximately 5% of the buildings energy, collect rainwater, and serve as a striking visual building element.
  • This system required an innovative design to incorporate the high-rise panels into the downtown electrical grid system.
  • The building is 46% more energy efficient than a similar code building and it is part of a pilot project for the GSA’s smart building initiative which focuses on streamlining projects and improving building efficiency.
  • 255kW PV array on roof provides 10% of building’s energy and provides a canopy for rainwater collection and reuse.
  • Daylighting and network controls reduce lighting energy usage by 40%.

Blog Coverage

Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Wins AIA COTE Top Ten Plus Award


Integrated project delivery is more sustainable