08 Oct '11, 12pm

Two Containers Transform Grubby Gas Station Into Sleek Community Center

This 1960's style broken down concrete-and-metal gas service station was just another byproduct of our car-centric culture. Built in Portland's Northeast neighborhood, it languished, unloved and unused, a sad brownfield, for many years. When the Portland alumnae chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority bought and eventually got grants and raised the money to remodel the building as a community center, they set themselves an added goal - making the finished neighborhood community center squeaky green, a Living Building . Two recycled containers, a bunch of recycled glass, an architect named Mark Nye and lot of work later, look what they came up with! Two incorporated containers visible on the building's east side. Photo A. Streeter. Nye and the alumnae sorority members undertook a significant challenge in rebuilding to Living Building Challenge standards. Designed by the I...

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