Well, my ninjas, the designers [David Soderstrom Architects - who have no webpage - enter the millennium, my ninja] pulled no punches when working on the new Portland City Storage building. First off, yes – I said storage building, as in a place for you to rent space and store all that crap you have no room for but won’t throw/give away. Surprisingly enough, not only did the designers give the building an interesting aesthetic quality, but they’re also making it super sustainable [or trying to, anyways]. Striving for LEED Platinum status, the building will have over 100,000 square feet of photovoltaic panels on its roof and south side [it is in Portland tho, so I wonder how much that matters] – making it the largest solar farm in the North West. MyNinjaPlease!
Sustainable/green features include:
-view corridor between the towers, to preserve existing views of the surrounding area
-connection to bike and walking trails, with riverfront access
-removal of an existing concrete sea wall and restoration of a 75′ greenway habitat along the riverbank
-those solar panels, 100,000 SF, along the roof and south side – surplus power will be sold to the local utility
-’eco-roofs’ for stormwater management
-storage for 100 bikes
-and a community center, because social sustainability is important too, my ninjas!