Project Garners Oregon's First Green Globe

Staff | September 28, 2010

Hermiston, OR– Victory Square Center, a Umatilla Morrow Head Start pre-school facility, has been recognized by the Green Building Initiative for achievements in sustainable design and construction that were identified using the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system for commercial buildings.

Recognized as the first Green Globes-rated building in the state of Oregon, the building received a rating of two Green Globes for, among other things, energy-efficient design, the incorporation of daylighting, and the incorporation of water conservation techniques.

The 5,000-square-foot Head Start building has three classrooms, a staff work room, a commercial kitchen, and an outdoor play area. The project's sustainable attributes come mostly from the building's design. Every component of the pre-school was designed to work together to use daylight as well as superior air quality in order to create a welcoming and enjoyable space for the children.

To achieve a Green Globes rating, the project team from Pinnacle Architecture used the Green Globes tool to assess and rate the building themselves. Later, a GBI authorized third-party building science expert was engaged to review the construction documents, conduct an on-site inspection and confirm the original rating. The building achieved the same Green Globes rating from both the building team and the third-party assessor.