A $46.5M makeover nets PSU LEED gold for science building

Home to research labs, classrooms and offices, Portland State's overhauled Science Research and Teaching Center won LEED Gold.

Home to research labs, classrooms and offices, Portland State's overhauled Science Research and Teaching Center won LEED Gold.

Portland State University announced Thursday that its Science Research and Teaching Center was awarded a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The designation (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) follows a $46.5 million overhaul of the 40-year-old building on Southwest 10th Avenue.

The building, home to laboratories, classrooms and offices, was designed to reduce energy use by between 20 percent and 30 percent by using 175 low-flow exhaust hoods in the labs, more efficient lighting and windows and heat recovery.

Funding for the project, completed in this fall, came from state bonds, federal grants, economic stimulus, private foundations and many individual donors. The new exhaust hoods were partially funded by a $1.26 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in 2010. A build-out of research and lab space for PSU's Center for Life in Extreme Environments was funded by a $1.15 million National Science Foundation grant.

The Science Research and Teaching Center is PSU’s eighth LEED certified building on campus. In June, Lincoln Hall became PSU's first LEED platinum building.

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