Photo credit: BPA's Cross-Agency Sustainability Team
- Location: Vancouver, WA
- Building type(s): Industrial, Commercial office
- Renovation of a 1943 building
- 3,000 ft2 (279 m2)
- Project scope: a single building
- Suburban setting
Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Silver (36 points)
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a federal agency headquartered in Portland, Oregon, provides about half of the electricity used in the Pacific Northwest and operates more than three-fourths of the region's high-voltage transmission. Because BPA markets power at cost from 31 federal dams, its rates are among the least expensive electricity in the country.
The Ampere Annex project is a renovation of an exisiting 60-year-old standard warehouse building located within the Ross Complex. Today, the building functions as an office building and as an electronics-recycling center for asset management. It is located within the fully developed Bonneville Power Administration Ross campus in Vancouver, Washington.
Although more than 75% of the building envelope was maintained, all heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment is new. This equipment, along with appliances and other systems, was selected for energy efficiency, and the building is expected to use 22% less energy than a conventional facility.
Dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets contribute to the project's anticipated 45% reduction in potable water use, compared to a conventional facility.
High-performance skylights and operable windows provide daylight, views, and natural ventilation to the entire building interior. Materials were selected for their recycled content, local manufacturing, or low emissions of volatile organic compounds.
Owner & Occupancy
- Owned and occupied by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Local government
Design charrette, Green framework, Green specifications, Transportation benefits, Stormwater management, Efficient fixtures and appliances, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Insulation levels, Glazing, Passive solar, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, Benign materials, Recycled materials, Local materials, C&D waste management, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Thermal comfort, Low-emitting materials