Oregon Convention Center
GBS enjoys a 13-year relationship with the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) that continues to grow and develop. In 2016 we began providing a new service for this nearly 1 million-square-foot facility – ongoing commissioning — as well as embarking on recertification efforts for maintaining its two exceptional green rating system certifications.
The remarkable sustainability story behind OCC is one of unwavering focus and steady progress over many years. Originally constructed in 1990, with a major expansion completed in 2003, OCC is the Pacific Northwest’s largest convention, meeting and events center. From the beginning, OCC’s management team demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability in its ongoing facility operations, internal staff training and outreach efforts with clients and the public. In 2004, after engaging consulting services from GBS, OCC became the first convention center in the United States to earn LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certification. In 2008, OCC recertified at the Silver level, and in 2014 realized an even greater achievement by obtaining LEED-EB: O&M Platinum. Additionally, under GBS’ guidance, in 2014 OCC became the first convention center in the world to earn Level 4 ASTM/APEX Environmental Sustainable Event Standards for Meeting Venues. Today, GBS is actively engaged in the recertification process for both of these awards in addition to providing ongoing commissioning services.
"OCC has enjoyed its partnership with Green Building Services. Over the years, Elaine Aye and the GBS team have been instrumental in our long term success. The GBS team has worked alongside our team to achieve LEED Platinum and implement our ongoing commissioning efforts. They have challenged and supported us on our evolution to be one of the most sustainable convention centers."
- Matthew Uchtman, Director of Operations
Oregon Convention Center
Banfield Pet Hospital Corporate Campus
GBS extended a friendly paw (er, hand) to some of our favorite furry friends through our recent role as sustainability consultants to the new Banfield Pet Hospital Corporate Campus, located in Vancouver, Washington. Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1955, Banfield Pet Hospital is the largest general veterinary practice in the world. Today, as a member of the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, it boasts nearly 975 pet hospitals and employs 16,000 associates across the United States and Puerto Rico.
The new state-of-the-art Banfield Corporate Campus, situated within Vancouver’s Columbia Tech Center (CTC), covers more than 17.5 acres and features 206,000 square feet of offices and training facilities. In addition to hosting a variety of departments, including a customer care call center, operations, legal, medicine, and corporate affairs, it also houses the Banfield Foundation, the company’s nonprofit arm, that helped more than 145,000 pets in need in 2016 alone. The facility celebrated its official opening in June 2016, with nearly 175 approved and assessed dogs coming to work in the new building as well. In fact, to date, more than 220 dogs have been approved and assessed to come to work!
From project inception, the design team focused on sustainability issues, with GBS leading an eco-charrette to help the team identify and define green building goals. Under GBS’ guidance, this project received LEED Platinum certification for New Construction.
Hines’ LEED Volume Certification Program: 101 California & 550 Terry Francois
GBS is pleased to serve as a consultant to Hines, one of the largest and most respected real estate organizations in the world. Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm, founded in 1957, with a presence in 192 cities in 20 countries. Sustainability has been at the firm’s core since the beginning, viewed as an ongoing practice that fosters communities and cities around the world.
GBS is currently providing LEED recertification services for two landmark office properties in San Francisco, working under Hines’ LEED Volume Certification Program, based on LEED-EB: O&M v3.0. Hines’ Volume Program was created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide customized benefits while pursuing certification and recertification for a portfolio of buildings.
USGBC Student-Driven Sustainability Curriculum for Post-Secondary Classrooms
A Platinum member of the USGBC, GBS is also part of the USGBC Education Partner program where our staff has delivered dynamic, best-in-class trainings. In 2016, we pioneered a pilot training program for use through Education@USGBC that recruited a team of higher-education students and recent graduates to help develop and produce curricular course materials by students, for students. Under GBS’ expert supervision and guidance, the unique, educational series uses new media and cutting-edge digital teaching tools that resonate with modern learners. The program consists of 11 individual subject modules with topics ranging from EcoDistricts and Net-Zero Energy Building Design to Maintaining Optimal Building Performance, Carbon Reduction and Water Concerns Today. The curriculum has met with great success.
USGBC ranked GBS "Among the Top Ten Education Partners for All of 2016"
“We all have a role to play in ensuring the next generation is prepared for the realities of the 21st-century workplace and to tackle the challenges we face in this world. The work that GBS did to engage a group of students in a professional project exemplifies what it means to equip students with the skills, expertise and professional competencies required to start their careers.”
- Jaime Van Mourik, Director, Higher Education, USGBC
GBS Continues to Evolve
Although GBS started primarily as a provider of LEED consulting services, we now embrace many different certifications : (WELL Building Standard, SITES, GRI, CSR, Passive House, Net Zero, Living Building Challenge, EcoDistricts), and have added disciplines over time including technical services, commissioning, and solar consulting – just to name a few. As green building trends continue to change, we nimbly respond to market demands and translate our experience into trainings and curriculum that educates and inspires the next generation of sustainability leaders.
Here are some of our upcoming training events. More information will be posted on the GBS Website Training page soon – and stay tuned for future mailings with registration information.
- LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Series with WPL Publishing (8 hours over 4 weeks) Click Here to Register
- Pioneering LEEDv4: The East Boise Library! At Bown Crossing (1 hour)
- Portland, Oregon Think & Drink: EcoDistricts Panel Discussion
Living Our Values
During 2016, GBS was honored to give back to our community in ways that help the environment and promote social equity.