Green center lands, seeks biz partners
By Andy Giegerich, Business Journal staff writer
Business Journal staff writer
The planned Oregon Sustainability Center welcomed two new corporate partners Tuesday.
The Oregon Sustainability Center has attracted high-profile partnerships from a solar industry titan and the largest Oregon-based bank.
Sanyo/Inspec, which opened a manufacturing facility in Salem two years ago, will provide the building’s solar power systems while Umpqua Bank (Nasdaq: UMPQ) will open a branch, which the banks calls a “store,” on the center’s first floor. The building is slated to be built at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Montgomery Street, next to Portland State University’s campus.
The $64.6 million center is envisioned as one of the highest performing commercial buildings in the world. It hopes to achieve “ triple net-zero performance,” or use the same amount of power it creates, in managing its energy, water use and wastewater treatment.
Building designers are seeking public comment on the structure’s look. The design and financing must still be approved by the city of Portland, the Portland Development Commission and the Oregon University System.
Sanyo’s photovoltaic modules it wants to use for the center are among the most efficient panels currently available in the U.S. market, according to a release issued by several center supporters. The center’s solar wafers will be produced locally at Sanyo Solar of Oregon’s Salem manufacturing plant.
Umpqua’s sustainability center store will feature interactive technology and other means of touting green living. The bank already has 26 locations in the Portland area.
Center developers will launch a private-sector effort to secure more investments in the facility at a function tonight. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Portland Mayor Sam Adams are among the luminaries expected to attend.
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