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BDS Summer Interns Tour White Stag Building

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Jessica Engeman from Venerable Group LLC gave BDS Summer Interns an exclusive tour of the wonderfully renovated “Historic White Stag Building” on the Naito Parkway.

The White Stag building was built at the turn of the twentieth century and consisted of three masonry buildings, embellished with wrought iron details.  Originally the building was used as a manufacturing and warehouse facility by the Willamette Tent and Awning Company.

The renovation of the White Stag building is considered LEED Gold certification, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  The LEED Green Building Rating System is the national standard for rating ecofriendly structures.  The building was renovated to house the University of Oregon’s architecture, journalism, law and education programs.

This was very educational experience for the students because many of them had seen the famous “White Stag” sign that lights up the city sky, but never knew exactly what building it was on and what was “White Stag”.  At one time  White Stag manufactured clothing, ski wear and sporting gear.

On behalf of the Bureau of Development Services and the students, thank you Jessica Engeman and BDS Green Building Specialist Debbie Cleek.

For more information, contact Outreach Program Coordinator, Tiffani Penson @ (503) 823-1109 or email

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Leroy Grant

September 9, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Doing special things for a big city is a work in process. This is an excellent way of promoting what the city of Portland is all about. Not only has this project been receiving awareness, the students are really educated on what the city of Portland is all about.

Attention: This is the 1st ever award for the City of Portland. I'm giving Tiffani Penson the life time achievement award for representing the City of Portland. Job well done Tiffani!

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