Nearly 100% Occupancy Over 10-Years at Ecotrust’s Historic Renovation
Originally constructed as a warehouse in 1895, the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center (the Ecotrust Building) was the first historic redevelopment in the US to receive a LEED Gold certification. Ecotrust, a nonprofit conservation organization, purchased the building in 1998. The renovation reflects the original 1895 character while incorporating modern high-performance features. An aggressive recycling program during construction resulted in the use of recycled and salvaged materials throughout the building and diverted 98 percent of the project’s waste from the landfill.
The building consumes 22 percent less energy than Oregon code requirements at the time, owing to energy-efficient windows, lighting fixtures, building controls and ventilation system. The 5,000 square-foot green roof and bioswales filter and absorb storm water. Low-flow plumbing fixtures help reduce the building’s water use by 16 percent. The building includes a public atrium, a resource center, outdoor terrace, a café and houses a variety public and private, nonprofit and for-profit tenants.
“It has been an enormously successful project for us. We’ve run pretty much close to 100 percent occupancy since the opening. We’ve definitely had some vacancies but more often than not, we have people calling us wanting space and we’ve been full. So it’s been really popular and I think the marketing and goodwill PR piece of it is huge in trying to form a community and trying to have an impact,” said Sydney Mead, Direct of Events, Ecotrust.
- Gross Area: 70,000 square feet
- Cost: $12.4 million
- Program: Offices, Event Center, Retail, Café
- Completed: 2001
- Distinction: LEED Gold
- Owner: Ecotrust Properties, LLC
- Architect: Holst Architecture
- Interior Design: Edelman Soljaga
- Structural & Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
- MEP Engineer: Interface Engineering
- Contractor: Walsh Construction