The new Mercy Corps Global Headquarters is a place of action. It is designed to invite, teach and encourage visitors – especially students – to get personally involved in answering the great world challenges of our day: poverty, hunger and conflict.
The organization’s new headquarters exemplifies their sustainable, community-focused approach. The project restored and doubled the size of the Packer-Scott Building, a historic Portland landmark, and features a green roof, glass sunscreen shades that provide alternative power, low flow fixtures and resource-friendly landscaping.
The headquarters also includes the Action Center – a window to the world – featuring interactive exhibits that educate visitors about the constantly changing nature of relief and development work and provide suggestions for concrete ways people can act now to help.
Sustainable Design Highlights:
-Restoration and/or reuse of 75% of the existing Packer-Scott building 35% of the building’s energy supplied with green power -Reduction of potable water used for irrigation by more than 50% and potable water used for flush and flow fixtures by more than 75% -Onsite filtration of stormwater runoff through bioswales -Photo-voltaic integrated glass sunscreens that shade southern-exposed glass and provide alternative power -Energy efficiency measures reduce energy use by 30% -Recycling 95% of construction waste