Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing
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OHSU's  Center for Health and Healing 4th and 5th floor intensive gardens; Photo Courtesy Walker MacyProject Name: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing
Year: 2006
Owner: OHSU and Gerding Edlen Development Company
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 20000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Greenroofs.com

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Developer: Gerding Edlen Development Company
Prime Architects: GBD Architects, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Walker Macy
MEP Engineer: Interface Engineering
General Contractor: Hoffman Construction
Civil Engineers: OTAK
3rd Party Commissioning: Glumac International
Sustainability Advisors: Brightworks
Structural Engineers: Kpff, Consulting Engineers
Architecture Contribution: Peterson Kohlberg Associates and Estim
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Greenroof Installation: Snyder Roofing
15th and 16th floor extensive gardens and office accessible balconies; Photo Courtesy Walker Macy 5th floor views from doctors' waiting areas; Photo Courtesy Walker Macy 17th floor extensive green roof; Photo Courtesy Walker Macy
Completed in October, 2006, the $165 million, 400,000 GSF Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing is an outpatient medical and research building encompassing a one block development located in Portland's South Waterfront neighborhood - and it's the first medical and research facility in the U.S. to receive LEED? Platinum certification (NC and Operations). "Located at the lower station of an aerial tram, the Center for Health and Healing (CHH) is the first building for Oregon Health and Science University?s new River Campus. Bringing the Science into spotlight, OHSU envisioned this building and its rooftop gardens as a way to offer cutting-edge health care and research environment for students and faculty, allowing them to blend teaching and discovery into unequaled patient-centered care," (Walker Macy Landscape Architects, 2009).

The Oregon Health & Science University Center for Health & Healing employs a number of sustainability strategies, including photovoltaic arrays on its sunscreens, a trombe wall to collect and circulate solar heat, a gas-fueled power system, and a state of the art on-site wastewater treatment plant (membrane bioreactor - MBR) where 100% of wastewater is recycled for in-building toilet flushing, cooling tower water, and landscape irrigation, resulting in 60% reduction in potable water use.
4th floor day patients restorative garden; Photo Courtesy Walker Macy OHSU Center for Health and Healing green roof gardens; Photo Courtesy Walker Macy
Three eco roofs and two intensive greenroofs were added for patient, staff and visitor enjoyment as well as part of the overall stormwater strategy. Walker Macy led the design of the roof gardens (6-8" augmented with raised planters containing 36" depth of growing media) and eco-roofs (3-4" of growing medium), streetscape, parking lot and temporary park on an adjacent block. Accessible intensive greenroofs are located off the 4th floor day patient's lobby as a restorative garden, and the 5th floor off the doctors' waiting areas which is open to staff, visitors and patients. The building is topped off with an non-accessible ecoroof on the 17th floor, and extensive gardens and office accessible balconies are located off the 15th and 16th floors. The total area of extensive greenroof is 7,802 sf and intensive greenroof is 6,970 sf, not including walking surfaces.

"At the first meeting with the architects designing the Oregon Health and Science University?s Center for Health and Healing, developer Dennis Wilde posed a challenge: Reduce the capital costs for the building?s mechanical systems by 25% but make it outperform the Oregon energy code by 60%. For a simple, single-use building, Wilde?s goal would have been bold enough. But given the center?s unprecedented mix of swimming pools, a surgery suite, exam rooms, offices, and research labs?each with heating, cooling, and ventilation demands far beyond the norm?it was nothing short of audacious.

?It was impetuousness, plain and simple,? recalls Wilde, a principal at Gerding Edlen. ?We habitually build buildings full of mechanical equipment that?s seldom used. Why the hell not get creative?? What the team quickly discovered is that the proverbial sum, in fact, could be much greater than the parts, particularly if you make sure most of those parts serve more than one function. Designed by GBD Architects in close collaboration with Interface Engineering, the Center for Health and Healing is a lesson in the architecture of integration," (GreenSource Case Study, see below).

Managed by CB Richard Ellis, the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing as an ENERGY STAR certified building and received The Outstanding Building of the Year Award (TOBY) in the medical office building category from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in the 2010 international competition, the first for an Oregon facility.

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Graphic Courtesy Walker Macy15th and 16th floor extensive gardens and office accessible balconies; Photo Courtesy Walker MacyOHSU's  Center for Health and Healing 4th and 5th floor intensive gardens; Photo Courtesy Walker Macy5th floor outdoor garden areas for staff, patients and visitors; Photo Courtesy Walker MacyThe OHSU Center for Health and Healing, a 1 block development with 20,000 sf of green roofs; Photo Courtesy Walker Macy
The OHSU Center for Health & Healing is located at 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239. Visit their website here and read about OHSU's Green Commitment here. Visit Walker Macy, landscape architects at: http://www.walkermacy.com/. Read the following articles: GPW: Oregon Health & Science University Center for Health & Healing by Linda Velazquez in the Sky Gardens blog post of March 19, 2010; OHSU Center First Medical Facility in Nation to Win LEED Platinum Award of February 4, 2008 from OHSU; the NRDC Case Study; and the GreenSource Case Study by Randy Gragg of October 2007. Learn more about the MBR technology used in the Enviroquip? MPAC? at: http://www.treatmentequipment.com/index.php/products/mbr.

For additional information on this LEED Platinum building and how the greenroofs tie into the whole system, review the thorough
case study document produced by OHSU design team member Interface Engineering (you can also see the LEED Scorecard). See the very informative 2:49 Project Profile: Oregon Health & Science University YouTube video from Rocky Mountain Institute's High-Performance Building: Perspective & Practice from 2008. Learn about American Hydrotech in The Greenroof Directory.
 
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