Construction on the Cascadia Center at 15th and Madison is underway. Once completed, the 75-foot building could be one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world, planners hope.
If all goes by schedule, construction should last 14 months, finishing up in the fall of 2012.
The building will be constructed from as many local and non-toxic building materials as possible. Its goal is to handle all its energy, water and waste needs on site.
In order to meet this goal, building tenants will have to work together. Tenants will have tools to track their energy usage, and any tenant who would like to use more energy than they are allotted will need to trade with other tenants in a marketplace of sorts.
Unrelated to the design appeals, said Point 32’s Chris Rogers, the designers removed plans for a south-facing solar array from the building’s design after determining they would not need it to meet the building’s estimated energy needs.
Meanwhile, construction offices have been set up in empty retail space nearby on Madison between Piecora’s and vintage shop Happy Endings, which is temporarily closed for a redesign. In the window, you can see this message left behind from the crew at the old CC’s location on one of the bar’s counters.
“Welcome Cascadia!” it reads. “May this property bring you joy and good fortune as it has for so many over the years — CC’s”