Sustainability

Studio / Sustainability

We embrace our responsibility as designers to improve the environment through the well-considered intervention of our architecture.

The interconnection of sustainable practices in our buildings and studio environment is a core value of the Opsis culture. We seek to realize an essential and resource conscious architecture. Our LEED Gold studio building is a living laboratory of integral sustainable strategies that supports research and practical innovation. Opsis is nationally recognized with many “firsts” in sustainable technologies and LEED ratings, including two net-zero projects. We publish case-studies of our innovative projects and our partners and staff present our work and ideas at national sustainable design conferences.

 

At Opsis, we continually strive to improve our sustainable practices through our office culture and design. To build on this, we support and have joined the AIA 2030 Commitment to Sustainability project.

 

Sustainable Leadership:

- First Net Zero, LEED Platinum school in Oregon (Energy Trust of Oregon’s “Path to Net Zero”) – Hood River
- First Net Zero Certified community center (certified by the Living Building Institute) – Painters Hall
- First LEED Certified student recreation center in the Northwest
- First LEED Gold community recreation center in the country
- 19 certified / registered LEED projects including: 10 LEED Gold and 5 LEED Platinum certified
- Designed the largest naturally ventilated academic building in the nation
- Our Lovejoy office building certified LEED Gold
- Awarded the NAHB Green Land Development of the Year
- One of Northwest’s first LEED-CI Platinum interior renovations
- Salmon-Safe certified development at Pringle Creek

Net Zero Projects:

- Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building
- Painters Hall, Pringle Creek Community Center

LEED Projects:

PLATINUM:
- University of Oregon Law School, Wayne Morse Suite
- Pringle Creek Cottage
- Pringle Creek Painters Hall Community Center
- United Fund Advisors
- Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building

GOLD:
- Bend Parks and Recreation District Administrative Building
- Firstenburg Recreation Center
- Oregon State University Student Experience Center (on the boards)
- Opsis Studio / Lovejoy Building
- Pierce College, Ft. Steilacoom Rainier Science and Technology Building
- Pierce College, Puyallup Communication Arts and Allied Health Building
- University of Oregon, Ford Alumni Center
- University of Oregon, Straub Hall Renovation (on the boards)
- Utah State University Athletic Strength and Conditioning Center (on the boards)
- Western Oregon University Health and Wellness Center

SILVER:
- The Evergreen State College Lab | Renovation
- College of Southern Idaho, Applied Technology and Innovation Center (on the boards)

CERTIFIED:
- Western Washington University Academic Instructional Center
- Western Washington University Student Recreation Center

We are very proud because the building will be used as a teaching tool for young science students. Opsis designed and engineered it to be what we believe will be the first net-zero school building.

Nick Hogan
Finance Director
Hood River Country School District

Pierce College Technology Classroom Building Net Zero Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building