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The Oregon Conservation Center

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Location

Portland, OR

Scale

15,000 sf

Program

Office, Event Pavilion

Completion

2019

LEED

Target LEED Gold

This 15,000 sf renovation and expansion for The Nature Conservancy transforms a dated office building into a reflection of the organization’s environmentally-conscious mission. The target LEED Gold design connects people and nature by integrating materials and landscapes that are specific to The Nature Conservancy’s priority projects around Oregon. The exterior is clad in weathering steel that pays tribute to the state’s rural farming culture coupled with locally harvested juniper from one of the organization’s restoration sites.

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At the center of the upgrade is the addition of a new 2,000 sf pavilion that serves as a flexible gathering space for public events and collaborations with partner organizations, ranging in size from 70-person lectures to more intimate board meetings. In line with The Nature Conservancy’s commitment to innovative solutions, the project is currently one of the first to utilize US-manufactured Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, considered the gold standard for sustainable forestry.

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Convening Pavilion

The new addition will enhance The Nature Conservancy's ability to engage its partners and the public by offering a flexible space that supports both lecture-style events and meetings of various scales.

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The wood slat ceiling material in the entry lobby is made from re-milled FSC-certified Douglas fir, grown on the Oregon coast.

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Mass Timber Structure

This innovative wood structure utilizes US-manufactured FSC-certified CLT.

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Taking cues from the state’s natural areas, a roof garden and new landscaping featuring native plantings, boulders, and river rock provide an opportunity to connect with nature while in the heart of the city. The project demonstrates the organization’s commitment to conservation, utilizing advanced storm water storage and solar systems.

The renovation of the original building utilizes the existing wood structure and exposes the wood beams to the interior office spaces. The design features seven-foot windows with high-performance glazing and a new open floor plan to support the organization’s collaborative, transparent culture and bring abundant daylight to work spaces. The plan includes a variety of open work spaces and collaborative meeting areas to help support the vital work of the organization.

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Cedar decking materials are FSC-certified and sourced from restoration projects on The Nature Conservancy’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve in Willapa Bay, Washington.

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Installing the brackets for the roof deck panels.

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The project also encompasses a complete gut renovation of the existing building. 

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The pavilion's glulam beam structure is lifted into place.

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Construction team anticipating CLT panel installation.

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Seven-ply CLT panel being hoisted into place.

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CLT panels define the new pavilion structure. 

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The new addition is made from locally-manufactured glulam and CLT.

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The new addition takes shape.

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Installing the brackets for the roof deck panels.

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The project also encompasses a complete gut renovation of the existing building. 

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The pavilion's glulam beam structure is lifted into place.

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Construction team anticipating CLT panel installation.

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Convening Pavilion

The new addition will enhance The Nature Conservancy's ability to engage its partners and the public by offering a flexible space that supports both lecture-style events and meetings of various scales.

The wood slat ceiling material in the entry lobby is made from re-milled FSC-certified Douglas fir, grown on the Oregon coast.

Mass Timber Structure

This innovative wood structure utilizes US-manufactured FSC-certified CLT.

Cedar decking materials are FSC-certified and sourced from restoration projects on The Nature Conservancy’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve in Willapa Bay, Washington.