Twelve West Revitalizes Neighborhood Through Integrated Design
Dec 28, 2011
In the Winter 2011 issue of the NAOIP's Development Magazine, Peter van der Meulen, associate partner at ZGF Architects LLP, surveys the integrated design strategies that helped to make Twelve West, a LEED Platinum mixed-use high rise, a catalyst for the revitalization of the West End in Portland, Oregon.
"Today, this rapidly transforming neighborhood is anchored by Twelve West, a mixed-use, sustainably-developed high-rise developed by Gerding Edlen…Through the process of developing, designing and building this new Portland icon, the project team learned how collaboration and creativity, supported by rigorous validation and documentation of energy saving and green features, is imperative for successful sustainable architecture."
"[P]roject teams must make informed design decisions, invest in the process and authentically strive for urban sustainability. Ultimately this project proves that done right, sustainable solutions will not only pay back handsomely in the form of lower energy costs and operating expenses, but also in faster and higher occupancy rates as tenants understand the benefits of living and working in high-performance buildings."