Brewery Block 4 is one of five blocks redeveloped as part of an effort to revitalize the old Blitz-Weinhard Brewery District in downtown Portland. The Brewery Blocks successfully incorporate historically significant buildings--brewery relics such as two 4,500-gallon grain towers--and new construction to form an environment that is reminiscent of the area's industrial past yet promising of a sustainable, progressive future.
The building provides market-rate, Class-A commercial office space while boasting 23.5% electrical energy savings over ASHRAE 90.1 per year. Block 4 demonstrates the benefits of coupling sustainable design and construction with district planning in an effort to create a more symbiotic relationship between the built and natural environments.
A setback on the south side of the building was intentionally designed to enable solar access that provides daylighting and power-generation opportunities.
Roughly half of the rainwater falling on the building will travel through an ecoroof located on the building's south-side setback. The ecoroof reduces the runoff rate, mitigates the volume of stormwater delivered to the municipal storm/sewer system, and reduces the urban heat-island effect.
Operable windows offer tenants additional climate control and provide access to ambient breezes.