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.