• Rendering courtesy of NBBJ and Motiv.

Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, OHSU

Portland, OR

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Business Type

New five-story clinic


64,000 square foot




Oregon Health & Science University



  • Pursuing Architecture 2030
  • Pursuing 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

  • No natural gas used in the building

  • High-performance building envelope

  • Dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) with an energy recovery wheel provides ventilation and a variable flow refrigerant (VRF) system with local refrigerant heat recovery provides heating and cooling to each temperature zone

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

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

  • Full LED lighting solution with networked lighting controls

  • The project will be Net Zero Ready by the Energy Trust of Oregon allowing for future addition of PV panels or renewables to achieve Net Zero Energy

Media Coverage

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