Sam Adams Drops Sustainability Center

"I don’t have the votes."


 Mayor Sam Adams announced this afternoon that he will stop pursuing the Oregon Sustainability Center—even though he secured a private tenant last month in a late-stage effort to salvage his pet project. Adams said in a statement that he doesn't have enough City Council support for the green tower, the tallest in the world without a carbon footprint."At the request of my City Council colleagues, ...   More
Friday, October 5, 2012 AARON MESH

Murmurs: The Zombie Projects

The hidden $111 million hotel subsidy revealed.

Metro has said publicly that a new headquarters hotel at the Oregon Convention Center would get a $10.4 million cash subsidy from the regional government and the City of Portland. But documents    More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Sustainability Center Has Private Partner


One of Mayor Sam Adams’ pet projects, the Oregon Sustainability Center, is back on the table—this time with a private tenant. The proposed $62 million, eight-story building is supposed to be the world’s tallest without a carbon footprint. But it’s been criticized as a waste of money. And lawmakers earlier this year refused to authorize state bonds to help finance it. City officials, including ...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 AARON MESH

Changing Places

A North Portland center shows what a “green” building means.

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It’s easy to look past the squat former Arco station at North Albina Avenue and Ainsworth Street. The exterior disguises the clean, sleek remodeling inside that has transformed it into the June    More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Audit Says Unbuilt Sustainability Center Already Wasting Money

Sustainability Center

A new city audit says the proposed $62-million Oregon Sustainability Center, which may never get built, is already costing the city a lot of money.City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade this morning released her agency's review of how efficiently the City of Portland spends money on downtown office space for 2,200 city workers. The audit found the city is generally doing a good job of using city-owned ...   More
Monday, April 30, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

PDC Releases Design for Sustainability Center

Sustainability Center

The Oregon Sustainability Center moved closer to reality today with the release of the final schematic design for the proposed "net-zero" structure, which is supposed to generate as much electricity as it consumes and use only the water that falls on its roof and grounds. The project, most of which will be financed by the Oregon University System and the City of Portland, will be built at Southwest ...   More
Friday, May 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Skanska Chosen to Build Oregon Sustainability Center

When proponents of the Oregon Sustainability Center delivered their feasibility study last year, the development team included Gerding Edlen Development, which won its assignment through a competitive bidding process and Hoffman Construction, which did not. That set-up did not suit Jay Kenton, the Oregon University System's vice-chancellor for finance. If the project gets built, the state university ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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