Block 3: The Gerding Theater

Location: Portland, OR
Type: Civic
Certification: LEED Platinum
Square Footage: 56,000
Project Completion: 2006
    • First LEED Platinum performing arts center and first LEED Platinum building that is also on the national historic register
    • 56,000 sq. ft. building includes a 500-seat main stage theater, 200-seat black box theater, rehearsal halls, community space, and office space
    • Rainwater harvesting and reuse in the building for non-potable uses results in significant potable water savings, and reduces the amount of stormwater runoff from the site
    • Energy-saving features include displacement ventilation in the office, theater and lobby areas
    • Chilled beams for air conditioning in the office areas connect to the central chilled water plant, eliminating the need for onsite chillers and cooling towers
    • Skylights allow for daylight penetration into the office areas
    • Highly-efficient lighting design evokes a theatrical experience while highlighting the architectural character of the historic building
    • Innovative structural design uses theater inside large concrete box that is then tied into the exterior unreinforced masonry walls, allowing the brick to remain exposed in accordance with historic preservation standards
    • Because the exterior walls and roof structure could not be removed, the volume for the five levels was excavated from within the building and an entirely new structure was built from the inside
    • Received the Urban Land Institute’s 2007 Award for Excellence: The Americas
    • Located in the Brewery Blocks, a five-block mixed-use urban development project in downtown Portland