PORTLAND, Ore. — Lewis & Clark Law School completed a 5,286-square-foot sustainable renovation of the college’s primary food-service facility to modernize the outdated facility and provide a healthy environment for eating, studying and socializing.
The $475,000 project, designed by Portland-based architectural firm Hennebery Eddy Architects Inc., followed LEED Silver standards to provide an eco-friendly kitchen, dining room and lounge within the school’s legal resource building, which serves the majority of the student body, faculty and staff.
Sustainable materials, such as Energy Star kitchen equipment, sensor-controlled lighting, FSC-certified wood and Green Guard-certified finish materials, including chairs made from recycled seat belts, were used in the kitchen, café and lounge area.
Existing construction materials were recycled to keep 96 percent of construction waste from going to landfill.
Architects also removed a wall separating the 976-square-foot kitchen and servery from the multipurpose space to visually connect the two areas and provide a healthy indoor environment with plenty of airflow.
The 1,307-square-foot dining room and 3,003-square-foot lounge feature tile flooring, perforated steel ceiling tiles and FSC-certified wood paneling. All furniture in the multipurpose area was selected to provide a flexible space and accommodate different layouts, depending on individual and group needs.
A healthy menu featuring fresh products, display cooking and grab-and-go displays are now offered at the café.
School officials are optimistic that the renovated café will help attract more walk-in traffic, increasing sales for the school’s food-service program.