Prior to moving into our new facility at 310 NW Glisan Street, Blanchet was housed next door in the same building purchased back in 1952. By 2012, Blanchet was spending a upwards of $50,000 annually, equal to half of their operating budget at the time, on utilities alone. To address this significant cost, the Blanchet House embraced principles of the Living Building Challenge in the design of their new building. Although not LBC certified, the project was able to achieve a high percentage of water and energy savings.
Melvin Mark Development Company served as project developer for the $12.9 million facility with the help of Fortis Construction and SERA Architects.
The new Blanchet House features several high-performance elements including rainwater harvesting, high efficiency skin and glazing systems and energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems to generate significant savings.
Several additional sustainable highlights of the building’s design, construction and operation include:
If you would like to take a tour of our LEED Platinum Building, please call our Building Manager, Dennis Arnold at 503-226-3911