Green Building Strategies
The Moda Center is a multipurpose arena used for numerous indoor sports, including basketball, ice hockey, arena football, and lacrosse, as well as other events such as concerts, conventions, and circuses. The arena opened in 1995 and is comprised of 765,000 square feet located in a sports and entertainment district of Portland known as the Rose Quarter. The Moda Center hosts 1.3 million visitors annually, and employs 66 full-time and 1,713 part-time employees.
To identify where the Trail Blazers organization had the largest carbon impact, Green Building Services performed a Carbon Impact Assessment of the 2007-08 base year emissions of operations, in addition to an overall operations assessment of the Rose Quarter. These assessments identified strategies such as energy efficiency measures in facilities, reduction in employee business travel, and increased incentives and education surrounding alternative travel modes for employees and event attendees, that have the potential to greatly reduce their overall carbon footprint.
The Trail Blazers began developing a Sustainability Initiative as a corporate-governance document aimed at developing principles for which all decisions are based. The Sustainability Initiative carefully considers guiding principles that encompass all facets of business operations, including operations and maintenance procedures, capital improvement decisions, material source procurement, relationships with vendors, sponsors, and contractors, and any other business decisions that have positive or negative effects on the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit.
Significant opportunities exist for the Blazers to embark on a pathway to becoming carbon-positive. As carbon-positive approaches are achieved, the organization will become the leader of sustainability in the sports and entertainment community. To date, the Blazers have completed the following:
– Conducted a comprehensive Sustainability Assessment for LEED-EB: O&M certification for the Moda Center and Annex Building
– Performed an Energy Audit funded by Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO)
– Applied for ETO incentives for building systems improvements that will decrease energy usage
– Broad-based sustainability efforts are being made to operate in a more sustainable and environmentally preferable manner. The Office of Sustainable Development presented three RecycleWorks Awards to the Portland Trail Blazers, Ovations, and AEG for making significant progress in the areas of reducing, reusing, recycling, and making sustainable purchasing choices
– First national sports arena to achieve LEED Gold under LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance certification (January 2010)
– 17% water use reduction
– Implementing cooling tower chemical management strategies
Energy and Atmosphere
– Mechanical and electrical systems meet ASHRAE 90.1-2007
– HVAC&R systems do not use CFC-based refrigerants
– Pursuing an ENERGY STAR-equivalent rating of 76
– 100% renewable energy goal
Materials and Resources
– Sustainable purchases for 68% ongoing consumables, 98% durable goods/electronics, 25% food, 90% lamp, and 80% facility alterations and additions
– Solid waste management strategies for all consumables, durable goods, food, lamp, and facility alterations and additions
Indoor Environmental Quality
– Air Handler Units meet ASHRAE 62.1-2004, Ventilation for acceptable indoor air quality for the betterment of occupant well-being and comfort
Innovation and Design
– High Performance Green Cleaning
– Infrared building scan
– Wellness program
– Sustainability education program
– Durable goods recycling
– The project site is located in an urban area with existing infrastructure and walkable access to basic services.
– Alternative transportation access
– SRI maintenance plan for ongoing maintenance and steps taken to reduce heat island effect. High SRI materials for greater than 75% of the roof
– LEED-EB: O&M Gold (2010), LEED-EB: O&M Gold Recertification (2015)