Friday, October 29, 2010

EcoTrust Building

Constructed as an industrial warehouse in 1895, the Ecotrust Building (Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center) in the Pearl District is a really awesome renovated LEED gold-certified building, the first restoration of a historic building nationwide to be awarded such a high designation. It's one of those buildings that you could spend hours in, with natural light pouring in from the skylight and big windows. How'd you like this to be your office building!? There's even Laughing Planet Cafe, Hot Lips Pizza and Patagonia off the atrium.

The back of the building. A farmers market is held in the parking lot every Thursday during the summer.

Front entrance. More than 98 percent of the construction waste was recycled or reclaimed. Read all about the materials used in the building here. It's quite extensive.

The public has access to this wonderful space.

I love these cubicles.

Imagine spending your lunch breaks out here in the summer.

I loved the ecoroof! It's the first time I've seen one in person.

A sea of succulents.

Stormwater runoff from the roof and parking lot drains into bioswales.

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