• Rendering courtesy of NBBJ and Motiv.

Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, OHSU

Portland, OR

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New five-story clinic


64,000 square foot

An expansion to the Casey Eye Institute on the OHSU Marquam Hill campus, the new clinic connects to the existing building and the parking garage. It contains a children’s eye clinic, retina/MD clinic, genetics research, ophthalmic pharmacy, and more. The interior was designed specifically to support people with low vision using high contrast colors, clear placement of furniture, and low-glare finishes.




Oregon Health & Science University



  • LEED Gold

Progress Report

  • 40% reduction in indoor water usage compared to a baseline building

  • 40% reduction in lighting power density compared to a baseline building (0.50W/sf)

Building energy use intensity (EUI) of 23.9 kBtu/sf/yr:

  • 74% reduction in energy use compared to regional baseline building EUI of 93.3 kBtu/sf/yr

  • 40% reduction in energy use compared to Oregon Code baseline building EUI of 39.9 kBtu/sf/yr

  • 38% reduction in energy use compared to ASHRAE baseline building

  • Exceeds the Architecture 2030 challenge by over 70% reduction in energy use below the regional average

Special features

  • A heat pump water heater provides domestic hot water two- to three-times more efficiently than standard electric resistance water heaters.

  • Full LED lighting solution with networked lighting controls, including waiting spaces with low lighting for sensitive patients.

  • High-performance building envelope supports thermal regulation, and a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) with an energy recovery wheel provides fresh ventilation.

  • Net Zero Ready, meaning it’s prepped for future addition of PV panels or renewables to achieve Net Zero Energy.

  • Uses ultra-low flow sinks and lavatories, low flow water closets, and hybrid waterless urinals.

Media Coverage

Fast Company: This Eye Clinic Was Designed Specifically for People with Low Vision