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The Metropolitan Achieves LEED Silver Status

09/18/2008



The Metropolitan, a landmark urban renewal project in Portland’s Pearl District, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the silver level. The certification is yet another example of Hoyt Street Properties’ dedication to creating an eco-friendly living environment in the Pearl District.

“The Metropolitan continues to solidify its place as one of Portland’s most architecturally significant buildings,” said President/CEO Tiffany Sweitzer. “It is a great example of the effective balance between fine design and environmentally conscious development.”

Setting a new precedent in both height and design, The Metropolitan graces Portland’s skyline as the tallest building in the evolving Pearl District. Luxury amenities are complemented by a commitment to sustainable living. The LEED silver certification was based on high performance energy efficient mechanical and glazing systems, storm water retention for landscape irrigation, the incorporation of durable, low-maintenance materials, and the use of abundant natural ventilation for improved air quality.

Highly anticipated from the point of conception, The Metropolitan has generated a flurry of attention from homeowners, Pearl District residents, and authorities in architecture and urban renewal. The project was profiled by the international publication Urban Land Magazine for successfully incorporating live/work spaces into one multiuse complex.

The LEED certification system is implemented by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work. Hoyt is also a participant in the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) pilot program, which extends the possibility of LEED certification from individual buildings to entire neighborhoods.

“We are dedicated to continuing our longtime commitment to responsible design,” Sweitzer said. “With each new project, we search for ways to exceed industry standards to ensure that the Pearl District continues to be known as a national leader of innovation in the green building industry.”

Hoyt Street Properties is the Pearl District’s largest development company. The group is responsible for developing the Hoyt Yards community, the urban renewal zone at the heart of the Pearl District. Comprised of twelve distinctive projects to date, Hoyt Yards has become a vibrant multiuse neighborhood and a model for urban planners around the world.



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