The largest stimulus project in Oregon is putting a green spin on an old building in Portland. In a recent article in the New York Times William Lardley writes about the $133 million renovation taking place at the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building.
The renovation will consist of building a vertical garden 200 feet tall on the western side of the building. The plants will provide shade in the summer and allow more light in the winter.
Mr. Wyatt first profiled the affects of having such a feature on the building, detailing the manner in which it would save over a quarter of a million dollars each year in utilities.
Mr. Wyatt then continued with documenting the varying opinion held by those in the administration, conservative senators, and a Portland real estate broker, John Vaughan. The opinions varied widely with Senator John McCain calling it one of the worst stimulus-financed projects, to James Cutler, who heads the architecture firm that designed the façade, who called it “ … one of the most energy-efficient high-rises in America, possibly the world.”