A fine case study in the green reuse of an historic building comes with the Landmarks Commission’s approval of the new premises for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Work on the Globe Hotel at NW Couch and First in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood is scheduled to begin this summer, with classes underway there for fall term 2010.
First a disclaimer: I’m a big OCOM fan. Back in 2005 when the volunteer-short Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood was scrambling to put together the first Autumn Moon Festival, OCOM stepped right up. They managed recruitment, suited us out in tee shirts and blended dozens of OCOM volunteers into our neighborhood ranks, enabling us to welcome 35,000 visitors!
Same level of community engagement characterized the lengthy land use and design review processes. OCOM folks were always here, figuring out the big picture, answering questions, explaining goals, listening to us. A good neighbor for years now, OCAM can finally break ground and actually come to Old Town.
Reuse of the century-old Globe Hotel entails LEED Gold enhancing features such as energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems, high performance windows, low flow toilets and sinks, storm water management, low emission paint and floor covering and conceivable type of materials reuse and recycling.