First Annual ‘Net-Positive Awards’ Recognize Sustainable Design Excellence

By Hennebery Eddy

In 2018, Hennebery Eddy placed No. 31 on the Architect 50 – a ranking of the top 50 firms in the country – bolstered by our strong showing in the sustainable design category. Our net-positive philosophy and design approach landed us at No. 11 in that category.

We aspire to design net-positive solutions through healthy, efficient, and adaptive spaces that are responsive to our clients, the environment, and the people who use them.

To recognize our project teams’ achievements in healthy, efficient, and adaptive (HEA) design, 2018 also saw us launch an “HEA Net-Positive Awards” program for projects that recently completed design or construction. The 12 entries ranged in size, market, and style and featured net-positive stories that included innovations in daylighting, careful use of mindful materials, historic preservation, and impressive energy use reduction. A panel of five judges from among our staff honored the following projects.

net-positive energy academic laboratory design Hennebery Eddy Architects

First Place: Net-Positive Project of the Year — Bend Science Station

Hennebery Eddy’s first net-positive award winner is also our first to achieve net-positive energy usage. This nonprofit K-12 laboratory will generate approximately 16% more energy than it uses on a net-yearly basis. In addition to rooftop solar panels; high-efficiency heat pumps, water heaters, and lighting; water-conserving features; and natural ventilation systems, the building is beautiful. Students and teachers who come to the space on the OSU-Cascades campus will not only benefit from the state-of-the-art learning facilities but also enjoy beautiful views, natural light, and a healthy interior space.

fire station daylighting Hennebery Eddy Architects
Natural daylight filters down through large clerestories at FS16, providing well-lit living and working spaces, passive ventilation, and south-facing sloped roofs for solar panels. Graphic by SORA design group

Second Place — Clackamas Fire Station #16

Oregon City’s new station is designed with flexibility, efficiency, and community at the forefront. The essential facility’s design accommodates evolving firefighting protocols regarding safety and equity and is structurally resilient. Its operations will be nearly 70% more energy efficient than a typical fire station thanks to passive solar heating and cooling, daylight harvesting, rooftop solar panels, and a tight building envelope. The bright-red, glassy fire engine bay and canopy open up to the public street as a gesture of inclusion and symbol of strength and pride in the community.

Third Place — Chapman Hall Rehabilitation

In terms of carbon reduction, the most sustainable building is one that already exists; however, questions often linger about their energy performance. The renovation of the University of Oregon’s historic Chapman Hall, designed to achieve LEED Gold, proves that that historic buildings can not only achieve high-performing, net-positive outcomes, but they can even exceed them — without compromising design integrity, historic features, or project budget. This 1939 building is expected to achieve more than 60% energy savings, despite the preservation of every single historic steel window on the structure. The renovation also used 100% FSC certified wood and reused 98% of the building materials.

PDX Terminal Balancing & Concourse E Extension night rendering

Honorable Mention — PDX Concourse E Extension

The 157,000-SF Concourse E Extension at Portland International Airport is pursuing LEED Gold certification. One of the greatest net-positive stories of the design is the reduction of lighting energy use by 70%. The design team’s extensive modeling informed the type and style of glass and placement of automated roller shades on the massive curtain window wall, mitigating glare and solar heat gain. This wall washes the interior spaces with abundant daylight and gives passengers a strong sense of place with views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River. Good daylighting creates a better workplace and a less stressful environment for travelers, contributing to a better experience for all airport users.