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Portland Center Stage Nears Close Of First Season In LEED Platinum

Last September, The Gerding Theater at the Armory was awarded LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. Since then 100,000 theatergoers have visited the Gerding's Main Stage and Studio theaters and many more have visited the building for community events, educational tours or to visit The Armory Cafandegrave . After opening the final show of the season over Earth Day weekend, the building is exceeding expectations as a hub of entertainment, community activity, historic preservation and sustainability education.

Originally built in 1891, the Gerding is now the first building on the National Register of Historic Places and the nation's first performing arts facility to achieve Platinum status.

Chris Coleman, PCS' artistic director notes, "In Portland, theater audiences care as much about their natural environment as they care about good plays. A Platinum building shows respect for that and helps us achieve our story-telling mission in a more meaningful way."

The LEED Platinum achievement was made possible by collaboration among GBD Architects, Green Building Services, Portland Family of Funds, Gerding Edlen Development, Glumac and Hoffman Construction, with key features provided by Murase and Associates and Second Story Interactive Studios.

Inside, cutting-edge technologies, passive solar elements and integrated operational designs work together. Forty-one skylights adorn the ceiling. Photo-sensors turn down lights when the sun is bright, and motion sensors turn them off when spaces are vacant, conserving 30% of the energy that such a building would ordinarily use.

Outside the building, a 12,000 gallon cistern collects and filters rainwater from the roof for toilet flushing, while pervious pavers and bioswales absorb rainwater from sidewalks for the native-sourced vegetation, reducing the amount of stormwater flowing into the Willamette River. Low flow fixtures and other conservation features reduce potable water use by 89%.

Interactive displays, guided tours and pellucidly designed infrastructure combine to educate visitors about the building's history and how a green building works.

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