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Port's new headquarters earns high honor for green buildings

Building wins LEED platinum designation

The Port of Portland's new headquarters at Portland International Airport, billed as one of the world's greenest airport structures, received a LEED platinum certification, the leading award for green buildings.

The 205,000-square-foot building includes a Living Machine system to treat and reuse wastewater for toilets and the cooling tower. The facility also includes more than 200 pipes underneath the building to provide ground-source heating and cooling, passive solar design, a 10,000-square-foot eco roof, and other environmentally friendly features.

'Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge,' said Rick Fedrizzi, chief executive of the U.S. Green Building Council, which sets the leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) standards. 'While climate change is a global problem, innovative organizations like the Port of Portland are addressing it through local solutions,' Fedrizzi said.

The port facility, completed in May 2010, has won several other awards.