Upcoming Events

July Lunch & Program
Thursday, Jul. 9th @ 11:45 am
Thursday, Jul. 16th @ 4:30 pm
CREW / CCIM Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, Aug. 13th @ 11:15 am - 7:30 pm
September Lunch & Program
Thursday, Sep. 10th @ 11:45 am
2015 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace
Wednesday, Sep. 30th @ 11:30 am
October Lunch & Program
Thursday, Oct. 8th @ 11:45 am
November Lunch & Program
Thursday, Nov. 12th @ 11:45 am
December Awards Luncheon
Thursday, Dec. 10th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

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July Program

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April Lunch Recap

How Would Portland’s Proposed Energy Policy Affect You?
RECAP BY:  Jodi Prentice, Jones Lang LaSalle

The April program was about how the proposed Portland energy policy will affect owners of commercial office buildings.  Since the lunch was held, the Portland City Council met on April 8th and passed this policy that will require buildings over 50,000 square feet to track energy usage and report it on an annual basis starting on April 1, 2016 and buildings over 20,000 a year later on April 1, 2017.  

Chris Lowen, Northern Region Energy Director for Glumac and Renee Loveland, Sustainability Manager at Gerding Edlen spoke to the group about what this policy will really mean for owners and managers of commercial real estate.  

U.S. Energy Consumption by sector can be broken down as follows:  Building and Construction Materials 5.9%, Industry 24.4%, Transportation 28% and Building Operations ranking the highest at 41.7% thus the need for Portland wanting to adopt this policy that is already utilized in cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles.  Commercial building owners will be required to track and report the energy usage of building over 50,000 RSF (4/1/16 start date) and over 20,000 RSF (4/1/17 start date).  


The energy used to power buildings is the largest source of carbon pollution in Portland, similar to a MPG rating for a new car; the energy performance policy would allow potential tenants and owners to have access to important information about building energy performance.  Commercial energy reporting policies in 10 other U.S. cities have proven to motivate investment in efficiency improvements that save money and reduce carbon emissions.


The Energy Performance Reporting Policy would require commercial buildings to track energy performance with a free online tool called ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report energy use information to the City of Portland on an annual basis. There are nearly 5,000 commercial buildings in Portland and fewer than 100 claim ENERGY STAR certification.


“The proposed policy will build awareness in the commercial building sector about energy performance,” said Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. “Energy-efficient buildings are a win for the building owner, the tenant and for Portland’s carbon reduction goals.”

CREW May Off-Site Recap

An Adaptive Reuse of the Historic 511 Federal Building
By: Brenda Mejdell

Construction wrapped in January 2015 to relocate the Pacific Northwest College of Arts to its new resting place on the North Park Blocks off of Broadway. The original building was built in 1918 and was site to the Historic Post Masters Office. This $34 million project is now complete with rooms for classes, art exhibitions, apartments for students, and a new well-designed library. While this project now provides a space for students inspired by art and design, it also caters to Portland's creative side thanks to Creativity Works Here, a $15.3 million philanthropic project aimed at balancing art education and creative design.

Pacific Northwest College of Arts is the fastest growing art college in the country. Its 520 students are now able to participate in the new projects on campus such a flex space, Bridgelab, and a new art parking lot. The new flex space offers students the option to bring in their work, have conversations about it, and then move on. This innovative approach helps students gain ideas and share projects. Bridgelab is a start-up for innovations and business ideas. It is the first of its kind in the Northwest. In addition to the new buildings, the flat parking lot is owned by the city's park department. The future plan is to add an “Art Park” along with a community garden and 30 parking spots for students.  PNCA pays for the parking spots which then eventually pays for the park.

Over 20K square feet has been added to the 134,000 square foot building, which has allowed for additional library space. In the new accreditation library, the original oak wall and hidden office door were restored from the Post Masters Office. From the old building, on the first floor, they also left the original counter that people received their immigration papers on. They have added a floating mezzanine made of 8" of solid concrete that is suspended with cabling over the ground floor lobby.  

The new site has gained in popularity around the Northwest and has helped student retention increase 28%. With its new features and community focus, the Pacific Northwest College of Arts welcomes students and city goers to explore its creative transformation.