Environmental Services is constructing a new LEED-certified, sustainable, energy-efficient office and meeting space for Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant engineering staff.
Treatment plant engineering staff previsously worked in four mobile modular units. The project included new construction, removing the modulars, reconfiguring a parking lot, adding landscaping and installing security fencing. The project also created a new front entry for the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The 11,500 square foot facility will provide space for 38 staff and will have several meeting spaces, including a large meeting space for up to 100 people.
The city contracted with the construction firm Skanska to build the facility. Skanska started work on the $7.5-million project in summer 2012. Construction will be complete in summer 2013.
The project includes:
- A new landscaped common area for plant staff
- A new entrance road to replace the current road that leads to the administration building
- A reconfigured staff parking area
- Formal landscaping in the common area
- Other landscaped areas that will reflect the native Columbia Slough landscape.
The City of Portland's Green Building Policy requires this project to incorporate sustainable design practices and to be certified at the LEED Gold level. The new office and meeting facility will include a distinctive ecoroof and stormwater management facilities.