By Megan Webb
Forbes recently named the “most high-tech green buildings in the world.” Only 10 properties received this honor including:
- The Milwaukee Art Museum Quadracci Pavilion
- Eden Project
- Port of Portland
- SAP America headquarters
- The New York Times Co. headquarters
- David Brower Center
- Princess of Wales Conservatory
- Chartwell School
- Musée du quai Branly
One our favorites is Oregon’s Port of Portland new office building, which features Worrell Water Technologies’ Living Machine® system in its lobby. The Living Machine® technology is an innovative new approach to wastewater treatment and water reuse. It employs the natural ecological process of a tidal wetland, enhanced by environmental science and information technology. The water produced by a Living Machine® system is high-quality, clear water capable of being reused for a variety of functions including irrigation, toilet flushing, AC makeup, industrial processes, washing equipment or animal areas, filling landscape water features (i.e. fish ponds and fountains) and other such uses.
According to Will Kirksey, executive vice president of Worrell Water Technologies, being recognized by Forbes is “. . . a great honor for the Port of Portland, architecture firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca and Worrell Water Technologies. The Port of Portland building demonstrates that even large-scale commercial building design and development can be achieved with minimal impact by tapping into natural energy systems and using natural water processes.”
To view a slideshow of the other projects named by Forbes as the “most high-tech green buildings in the world,” click here.