Firm Promotes Sustainable, Equitable Design Through ‘Net-Positive Awards’

By Hennebery Eddy

Hennebery Eddy’s second-annual Net-Positive Awards capped a month-long celebration of all things sustainability and honored internal teams for their achievements in healthy, efficient, and adaptive design. Project teams in design and construction were encouraged to share the story of how their designs are creating net-positive solutions responsive to clients, users, and the environment. A panel of five judges from among our staff had their work cut out for them. Ultimately, they selected the following projects, which represent the range of net-positive impacts achievable through our design process.

Rendered image by Hennebery Eddy Architects of PDX Terminal Balancing & Concourse E Extension, viewed from Airport Way

First Place: Net-Positive Project of the Year – PDX Concourse E Extension

This project (which garnered an honorable mention in last year’s awards program) is targeting completion next summer — and when complete, will offer a remarkable new passenger experience informed by resiliency, equity, and biophilia. The unique, column-free space with high, canted ceilings and a sweeping curtain wall will feature abundant daylight (lighting loads reduced 70%) and views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River. Durable, sustainably sourced, and locally produced materials are also designed to equitably serve a broad population. The project is on track for LEED Gold certification — no small feat for a facility that essentially operates 24/7.

biology laboratory design by Hennebery Eddy Architects

Second Place – Cordley Hall Historic Rehabilitation

At one of the largest buildings on Oregon State University’s campus, miles of dark, monotonous corridors will be opened up with views to nature, collaboration lounges, and exhibits. Windows and systems will be significantly upgraded for efficiency, and our designers worked to find affordable, bio-based alternatives for other materials like vinyl flooring. Advocating equity, the team designed gender-neutral restrooms and a universally accessible lecture hall with a variety of seating options. Inspired by the driving concept of “science on display,” the project employs biophilic design principles like integrated biology exhibits, biology-inspired artwork, and daylight + views from every space.

PAM Rothko Pavilion Hennebery Eddy Architects Portland Oregon

Third Place – Portland Art Museum Rothko Pavilion

This project prioritizes equitable and universal access to art throughout the museum and grounds, going far beyond code to truly integrate universal access principles into the design while complementing the existing historic architecture. A new, singular point of entry provides clarity and equitable access into the building for all visitors, while inside, gender-neutral restrooms and other thoughtful amenities promote inclusivity. The use of contrasting textures and colors eases navigation for visually impaired visitors.

Honorable Mention – Bonneville Power Administration’s Ross Fleet Services Building

While this project originally included a lofty, owner-stated efficiency goal of net-zero energy, this target was reduced to base LEED certification for budget scheduling reasons. With the support of the BPA and help from our friends at Brightworks, the design team was able to significantly increase building health and performance without a significant budget impact. Through creative and cost-effective solutions targeting systems, envelope, lighting, and operations, the project is now on target for LEED Gold certification. Predicted energy usage is just 2% shy of the 2030 Challenge goal, and the building is solar-ready for future energy savings through the installation of solar panels.

Read about last year’s Net-Positive Award winners here.