City Hall Project Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification
June 22, 2010
The City of Oregon City has received notification that its City Hall building has been awarded LEED® Silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.Oregon City purchased and renovated the former McLean Clinic building, and dedicated it as its new City Hall in December 2009.
“As Oregon City’s first city-owned building to earn this coveted ‘green’ designation, our city hall now serves as an example of energy efficient construction and is certainly healthier for our employees. It is cost-effective and enables us to serve our citizens more efficiently,” said Oregon City Mayor Alice Norris.
The City Hall project achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emission; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
LEED certification highlights for the City Hall project include: 25% lighting power reduction; purchasing “green” power; bicycle parking; showers and changing rooms; 20% recycled content on new construction materials; diverting 75% of construction waste from land-fill; 75% occupants access to natural light; low VOC paints and adhesives in construction; implementing a building maintenance program utilizing “green” cleaning standards and supplies; non-smoking policy on entire City Hall property; preferred parking for hybrid/carpool drivers; and low impact design parking lot, including bio-swales to reduce run-off and impact in storm sewer system. “Oregon City’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.