Broadway Student Housing Portland, Oregon
Gerding-Edlen Development and Portland State University aimed to develop a 212,095 square-foot, ten-story, mixed-use building on a 30,000 square-foot site located adjacent to the campus. In promoting environmentally responsible development, this project is certified LEED Silver, and was completed on a fast-track design to meet deadlines for student housing.
Designing an Environmentally Responsible Development for Higher Education
The building provides 384 studio apartment units, 15,230 square-feet. of ground-floor retail or service use space, and 17,910 square-feet of second-floor office and classroom space. The apartments are located on the third floor through the tenth floor of the building. The primary exterior building materials are brick veneer and metal panels with concrete columns. Windows for the ground-floor retail spaces feature clear glass with aluminum storefront. Metal and glass canopies extend over the public sidewalks. Windows for the offices on the second level and the apartments above consist of clear glass with aluminum frames. An eco-roof was installed over 60 percent of the roof area with the intent to slow storm drainage from the roof and to provide a degree of treatment for storm water. The plant materials were chosen to be drought tolerant, self-sustaining, and fire-resistant. A drip irrigation system is planned to assist the plantings during low precipitation periods.