Columbia Building, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Columbia Building Portland, Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services, OR workspace photos, US architecture

Columbia Building in Portland

post updated March 30, 2024

Design: Skylab ; Partner Architect: Solarc Architecture and Engineering Inc.

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Columbia Building Portland

Photos by Jeremy Bittermann

Dec 11, 2020

Columbia Building in Portland, Oregon

The Columbia Building supports the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services.

Columbia Building Portland

Housing workspace, a visitor reception area, and public meeting spaces, the 11,640-square-foot building not only supports the engineering department of the wastewater treatment facility but also functions as an immersive educational experience, all integrated within a sustainable landscape.

Columbia Building Portland

Columbia Building Portland

The new single-story building features seven folded cast-in-place concrete roof forms that channel stormwater through a planted roof, which drains along the berms into a visible collection system that leads to the Columbia River.

Columbia Building Portland

Columbia Building Portland

The project accomplished three unique objectives in one single campus site: the creation of a vibrant and efficient workspace; clean on-site stormwater filtration; and a dynamic building that stimulates conversation about the health of the region’s watershed and rivers.

Columbia Building Portland

Columbia Building Portland

The transparent north facade focuses attention towards a central and partially enclosed Commons area, as well as to the habitat that surrounds the building.

Columbia Building Portland

Columbia Building Portland

The serrated curtain wall features operable air circulation vents which enables the interior spaces to be natural ventilated. Mirrored glass reflects and refracts light in the Commons, merging the building into the landscape. The building is LEED Gold certified.

Columbia Building Portland

Columbia Building Portland

Columbia Building in Portland – Building Information

Architects: Skylab

Skylab project team:

Jeff Kovel, Design Director
Brent Grubb, Project Architect and Manager
Susan Barnes, Project Architect

Consultant team:

Contractor: Skanska
Civil Engineer: Vigil Agrimis, Inc.
Structural Engineer: catena Consulting Engineers
Landscape: 2.ink Studio
Lighting: Biella Lighting Design
Branding: The Felt Hat
Consultants: Green Building Services
Partner Architect: Solarc Architecture and Engineering Inc.
Sculpture Artist: John Grade
Client: Bureau of Environmental Services

Columbia Building Portland

Photos: Jeremy Bittermann

Columbia Building, Portland information / images received 111220 from Skylab Architects USA

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

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