Bend's LEED Silver Certified Convention Center 

The Convention Center is the only convention center facility east of the Cascades to be awarded LEED Silver Certification.

The Convention Center at Riverhouse on the Deschutes received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for New Construction, Commercial Interiors Category in 2009. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. 

In addition to the customary recycling programs, energy saving designs and water conservation programs required by LEED certification, the project included other unique and sustainable design elements, construction approaches and systems in order to achieve the SILVER level. 

Most notable are: 

  1. Established public/private partnership for the construction of storm water collection/storage facilities serving the building and adjoining public ROW and the new Mt. Washington Drive bridge, without using dry wells or drainage into the Deschutes River. 
  2. Implemented a sophisticated computer controlled Crestron dimming system for all lighting in the building, thus illuminating a typical conference room using 20- 45% less energy. 
  3. Low VOC materials were used in all interior finish materials, carpet flooring, wall fabrics and wall carpet on movable sound wall partitions. 
  4. Implemented the first program in Central Oregon for the recycling of gypsum board. 
  5. High-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems controlled via a computerized event based building management system. 
  6. Exemplary performance for providing a higher level of open space coupled with the protection of native/riparian vegetation, natural rock outcroppings and the Deschutes River during and after construction.
  7. Composting all food waste

In addition, the project is supplied with 100% renewable energy through the Pacific Power Blue Sky Usage program. The average monthly environmental impact of this commitment by Riverhouse on the Deschutes convention center is to generate more than 40,000 pounds of CO2 offset, the equivalent of planting more than 1,750 trees.

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