by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 14, 2014
The Oregon Convention Center reached LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, one of two in the United States to earn the highest level, and particularly difficult for an existing building. "For the Oregon Convention Center to achieve LEED Platinum certification is an extraordinary accomplishment and represents the high value our community places on environmental stewardship," says Scott Cruickshank, executive director of the Oregon Convention Center. "It's also a testament to our staff, whose years of dedication and commitment toward sustainable practices and responsible building management made this achievement possible." In the past five years, according to building management, plumbing retrofits, lighting projects, HVAC upgrades and more have taken place to bring the facility to this level. And there's more to come. "Although this is a major accomplishment, we will continue to explore new and innovative ways that the Convention Center can further reduce its carbon footprint and continue to be a role model for the entire convention industry," Cruickshank said. The center offers two ballrooms, 50 meeting rooms and 255,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.