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Optional Evening Tour:
University of Portland
Tuesday, October 18

Photo of Swindells Hall
Photo Credit: University of Portland

During this evening tour, attendees discovered the latest in sustainability—from laboratory design to dining—at the University of Portland. A university located on "The Bluff" overlooking the Willamette River, the University of Portland is an institution focused on traditional values, with the insight to build for the future.

Considered a model for environmentally sensitive design, planning, and construction, Swindells Hall is a new, 3-story, 42,000-square-foot laboratory building on campus. The high-performance facility houses laboratories, compartmentalized greenhouses, a climate-controlled growth chamber, and a radioisotope suite.

Holistic planning resulted in a building that met budget while saving more than $50,000 a year in energy costs. Energy efficient features incorporated into the building include:

  • Intelligent fume hoods,
  • An indirect evaporative cooling system,
  • A heat reclaiming system, and
  • The use of recycled materials such as recycled glass for bathroom tiles and counter tops and a recycled brick exterior.

Following the tour, a "sustainable" reception was held at the nearby St. Mary's Student Center, with a menu featuring foods purchased from local farmers and artisans.

This evening's event was sponsored by:

Bronze Sponsor

Mazzetti & Associates

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Contributing Sponsors

Oregon Air Reps

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Soderstrom Architects

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