High-Rise Rehab with a Huge Green Wall

Edith Green Wendall Wyatt FB

A solar and wind powered green substation isn't the only project in Portland to receive federal funds.  The Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building is getting well over a $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to renovate all aspects of the building.  The most noticeable change will be a vast wall of greenery covering the westerly facade.  

The living wall will reach 250 feet in the air on seven, protruded "fins."  The trellis and vine fins will allow light in the winter and provide shade in the summer. 

Certainly, with a possible exception for the green wall recently installed at One PNC Plaza, this could be one of the most extensive green walls in the country. 

Casey Jones, director of design excellence for the GSA, told Change Observer recently, "[It] is one of those buildings you will know is sustainable when you walk by it … I think it will be a really provocative design."

SERA Architects, according to The Washington Post, is doing what it can to make the installation a success.  Other green walls, such as the one installed at Paradise Park Children's Centre in London, haven't fared so well.  

Additional green features planned for the renovation include solar on the rooftop, smart lighting, efficient elevators, and rainwater used in toilets.  After roughly 30-40 months, the 18-story building is going to be unrecognizable. 

Rendering credit: SERA Architects and Baumberger Studio.


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    Cool Wall. I bet they used some sort of heavy equipment to put up that green wall like a bucket truck.

  • Andrew Abernathy

    Since the hanging gardens of Babylon, green in cities has been a simple means of making the urban environments more livable. Green walls can be transformed from a simple greening wall to a new urban agriculture. Integrate water purification with the gardens and we start to approach local water treatment and conservation from a distributed system.
    Green walls and covers could be part of a larger integrated urban design requirement to make our cities more visually appealing and economically diverse.

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    The trellis and vine fins will allow light in the winter and provide shade in the summer.

  • http://www.marblecleaningmiami.com Marble Floor Polishing BROWARD

    The Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building is getting well over a $100 million

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