937 Condominiums in the heart of The Pearl District. 16 stories tall with 114 units, this unique Pearl District condo building stands out!

Portland, Oregon’s 937 CONDOMINIUMS one of greenest

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 Third High-Rise Condominium Building in the USA to receive LEED platinum designation

PORTLAND   August 11, 2010   – The developers of 937 Condominiums, an artistic and environmentally friendly high-rise building located in Portland’s Pearl District, announced today that the highly acclaimed green residential development has earned LEED ® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  In a city nationally recognized as a leader in green architecture, 937 Condominiums now ranks as one of the greenest residential high-rise condominiums in the country. Portland’s strong ties to the environment inspired the development team to stick as close to nature as possible when designing 937.

“937 Condominiums has many energy cost saving features, but most important is the building design,” said Geoff Wenker, Co-Developer of 937 Condominiums.  “937 is shaped slender in the North-South direction and wide in the East-West direction, which presents a large face to the North and South.  A high efficiency water source heat pump system was chosen because of the ability to move excess heat from the homes on the South side to the North side when appropriate. This is a common condition for ourPortland,Oregontemperate climate.  The slenderness of the building, combined with wider than normal floor plans, means that the individual homes are shallower than most and surrounded with daylight from our larger windows.  Overall 937 is estimated to save over 40 per cent in energy costs compared to similar existing building,” Wenker added.  “937 is a premier example of sustainable, green building development and this achievement is the result of a dedicated and experienced team of professionals working toward a common goal of paying homage to the environment, not only in design but in functionality,” said Patrick Kessi, Co-Developer of 937 Condominiums.

The architect team at Ankrom Moisan and Holst Architecture drew upon the natural web-like fractal patterns found in rock formations when designing the slender exterior of 937.  Vertically stacked custom wheat colored bricks, random window openings, and a playful balcony pattern are used to produce this abstract expression of art, symbolic of the creative history of the Pearl District.

“This Platinum rating is a perfect example of the power of the team.  Everyone contributed to the shared goal of combining the best in building systems design with the best visual design,” said Mack Selberg, a LEED AP, and Ankrom Moisan Project Manager.  “We used standard off the shelf technology and concentrated on how those systems worked together to create a whole that is more efficient than the sum of its parts.  It is amazing to consider that 114 families can comfortably live in a half block downtown Portland building near all the city services one could want in a healthy and highly efficient building,” he added.

“We wanted to create a building that was not only visually stimulating, but that would also continue to raise the bar for green standards in Portland,” said Kessi.



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