The Borealis Apartments includes an array of sustainable features as well as a “green screen” on the building facade. The landscaped wall provides shade, screens rain and minimizes the wind on the building. Moreover, it provides health benefits for residents by filtering air from nearby automobile traffic.

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To top off the well-known Michael Graves building icon in downtown Portland, we designed a green roof that includes the main and penthouse rooftops. The green roof is a symbol of Portland’s commitment to sustainable development. Stormwater runoff will be monitored by The Bureau of Environmental Services for the City of Portland.

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Portland’s historic downtown library is now a “green building”. We began by conducting a feasibility evaluation on tray and unit type green roof construction products. Our final design for the green roof included a 3-inch thick tray system with built-in irrigation. The plant palette included a variety of extremely drought tolerant sedums.

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