PCC: Newberg Center

Designed to be the first Net-Zero-Energy higher education building in Oregon and the second in the United States at the time. The building’s goal is to serve as a living laboratory for PCC to study energy use and strategies for energy reduction goals across all campuses. The design focused on four approaches to minimizing energy use to achieve net-zero: creating a highly efficient envelope, maximizing passive strategies, utilizing efficient systems, and engaging the users and occupants. The 13,000 SF building serves over 650 students from Newberg, Sherwood, and Dundee.

Scope: NWESI performed re-commissioning services for all HVAC active and passive ventilation equipment. NWESI focused on eliminating controls and maintenance issues that continued to trouble the facility staff and students comfort after initial occupancy in the Fall of 2011. NWESI also performed measurement and verification (M&V) for the six electrical sub-meters currently installed by utilizing separate data loggers to compare trends and identify any potential issues with installation and/or controls programming.

Location: Newberg, OR

Owner: Portland Community College

Client: PCC Bond Team

Architect: Hennebery Eddy Architects

LEED: Platinum

Total Project Cost: $7.2M

Awards: American Institute of Architect’s 2011 Sustainable Design Award