Sustainable Design

Sustainability is not an afterthought.

Resource-efficient design and a dedication to a sustainable future co-exist with respect for each client’s unique sustainability footprint and philosophy. Not all clients seek to attain sustainable certification for their projects. We understand and respect that.

With a focus on solutions that provide optimal functionality, comfort, and operational cost effectiveness, our team innovated the successful “Tools for Green Building”. This documents four levels of sustainability identified by LRS Architects, from fundamental practices that can be applied to some degree on every project, to innovative practices that reduce the overall embodied energy footprint of buildings for our clients and embrace the latest in sustainability practices.

LRS was an early adopter of sustainable design practices. The Hillsboro Civic Center was the first Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified City Hall in the country. The Adidas Village Corporate Headquarters received early recognition in the green design movement with PGE's Earth Advantage designation for its massive recycling efforts. The Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, a 1.2 million square foot commercial development in China, not only received LEED Platinum certification, but sparked positive changes in how sustainable energy code was written in that community.

Our leadership in sustainable design continues. 13 LRS designed projects have received LEED certification,  two have received Green Globes and three are Earth Advantage certified.  Our staff includes Green Globe certified, Passive House certified and LEED Accredited Professionals. Our in-house Green Team is continually searching for ways to further enhance our sustainable design knowledge and tools.


Featured Sustainable Design Projects


  • TreeHouse, Portland Oregon (submitted for LEED Silver)

  • Hillsboro Civic Center, Hillsboro, Oregon (LEED Gold Certified) The first LEED Gold City Hall in the United States.

  • LRS Architects Offices in the DeSoto Building Renovation (LEED CI Gold Certified)

  • Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai, China  (LEED Platinum Certified)

  • Assurety NW at Lents Town Center, Portland, Oregon (LEED Silver Certified)

  • Kings Crossing, Portland, Oregon (LEED Certified)

  • The Lovejoy, Portland, Oregon (LEED CS Gold Certified)

  • Element Power Headquarters, Portland, Oregon (LEED CI Gold Certified)

  • Martha Washington Apartment Renovation, Portland, Oregon (LEED Silver Certified)

  • Oregon City City Hall, Oregon City, Oregon (LEED Silver Certified)

  • East County Courts, Portland, Oregon (LEED Gold Certified)

  • The Albert, Portland, Oregon (LEED Gold Certified)

  • ArtHouse, Portland, Oregon (LEED Silver Certified)

  • Mason Williams, Portland, Oregon (submitted for LEED Gold Certification)

  • The Tessera at Orenco Station, Hillsboro, Oregon (Earth Advantage Gold Certified)

  • Erickson Fritz, Portland, Oregon (Earth Advantage Gold Certified)

  • 14th and Raleigh, Portland, Oregon (designed for Earth Advantage Gold Certification)

  • State of Oregon Lottery Building Expansion, Salem, Oregon (Designed to LEED Silver)

  • Hollywood Station Mixed-Use, Portland, Oregon (Designed for LEED Certification)

  • The Round Building “E” & Parking/Retail Structure, Beaverton, Oregon (Designed for LEED Certification)

  • Sunnybrook Mixed-use Project, Clackamas, Oregon (Designed for LEED Certification)

  • New Season’s Markets; Portland, Oregon (Green Globe)

  • Hillsboro Intermodal Transit Facility, Hillsboro, Oregon

  • Cascades of the Sierras, Senior Housing, Sparks, Nevada

  • Platform 14 (formally Living Green at Orenco Station) Apartments, Hillsboro, Oregon


  • Burton Ridge, Vancouver, Washington

  • Vista Court, Vancouver, Washington


  • Northwest Health Foundation, Portland, Oregon

  • Port of Tillamook Bay Industrial Warehouse Park, Tillamook, Oregon

  • Port of Tillamook Bay Near Space Building, Tillamook, Oregon

  • Hillsboro Intermodal Transit Facility, Hillsboro, Oregon

  • The Albert, Portland, Oregon

  • East County Courts, Portland, Oregon

  • State of Oregon Lottery Building, Salem, Oregon (not built)

  • Mason Williams, Portland, Oregon


  • Northwest Health Foundation, Portland, Oregon

  • The Lovejoy, Portland, Oregon

  • 1200 Building, Portland, Oregon

  • Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park C-2-10, Zhangjiang, China

  • McDonald West, Portland, Oregon

  • East County Courts, Gresham, Oregon

  • Mason Williams, Portland, Oregon

  • 14th and Raleigh, Portland, Oregon

  • 1200 Building, Portland, Oregon

LRS as a firm, and LRS staff as individuals, have a strong commitment to sustainable design that is reflected in the organizations and projects the company and staff are affiliated with. These include: