When the project team sat down to plan a medical facility for Oregon Health & Science University, their goals didn’t stop at standard.

The result is The Center for Health & Healing, a medical building that surpassed the credit total needed for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification. “The success of this building isn’t just the structure itself, but also the process. Integrated CS_OregonHSUdesign is changing the design professions,” said Andy Frichtl, PE, Principal at Interface Engineering, the engineering firm for the project. “This building has shown that sustainable design doesn’t need to cost more. It was designed to be the most resource-efficient, large-scale building in the region and one of the greenest anywhere.”

“We set very high goals for every aspect of this project. Using Capstone microturbines helped us achieve and even surpass those goals.”
— Andy Frichtl, Principal, Interface Engineering

A key component of this incredibly clean-and-green building is five Capstone C60 ICHP microturbines used in a combined heat and power application. “We set very high goals for every aspect of this project,” Frichtl said. “Using Capstone microturbines helped us achieve and even surpass those goals.” Aiming to be the greenest building in the region was no small effort, given the greenness of the Portland area. By 2005, the city had more projects LEED-certified for high-performance buildings than any other city. However, at that time, Portland had never seen a local building achieve the highest LEED rating – Platinum.

At a glance

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Commissioned: 2006
Fuel:
• Natural gas
Technologies:
• Five C60 Capstone ICHP MicroTurbines® used in a combined heat and power (CHP) application.
Results:
• The building is 49 percent more energy efficient than required by Oregon code.
• Annual carbon dioxide reduction of 1.26- million-pounds (630-tons), or 12 percent, when compared to a similar project that doesn’t use microturbines.
• The reduction of CO2 emissions from onsite microturbine power is equivalent to taking nearly 100 cars off the road or eliminating the emissions from about 400 average single-family homes.