Office, Event Pavilion
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.
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.
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.