ABQ Warehouse District

February 14, 2011

Natural Capital Center Adaptive Reuse (Grace)

Filed under: Adaptive Reuse Warehouses — celladdition @ 9:20 pm

Natural Capital Center

721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

Henry Hobson Richardson

The first LEED Gold historic building in the nation. This 1895 warehouse is situated in a revitalizing urban district of Portland, Oregon. The brick and timber structure originally designed as a warehouse and transfer station. The first floor now features a range of businesses—including an outdoor clothing store, a pizzeria, a coffee shop, a health services center, and a bank—surrounding a public atrium. The second and third floors provide a public atrium and mezzanine space, a conference center for business and community events, and office space for businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development. It has a total of 70,000 Ft2, Completed in 2001.

  • 98% of construction debris reused or reclaimed
  • 75% of existing building shell reused
  • 50% of materials harvested locally
  • 20% energy savings achieved via efficient windows, lighting fixtures and ventilation system
  • Daylight is available in 75% of indoor spaces
  • FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood used throughout
  • Rainwater is filtered and absorbed through bioswales and on ecoroof – protecting the Willamette River
  • Environmentally innovative interior materials such as recycled paint, wheatboard cabinets, and rubber flooring from recycled tires


This building it started out in 1895 as a warehouse for the J. McCracken Company. It was named Central Truck Terminal in the 1930s and from 1941 to 1997 it housed the Rapid Transfer & Storage Company.

Present Ecotrust Natural Capital Center


Exterior shot of the Back


Interior View


Interior View


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