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Joseph Readdy

I don't want to criticize the idea driving this competition: it's a good one and the competition will serve to improve all of our buildings by challenging the building development and building management communities.
But projects like Kruse Way should never be considered for awards when their urban form and location make it difficult or impossible for the users to get to the building without driving themselves. A building that performed "worse" than Kruse Way as buildings would actually be better if it was proximate to housing, services, etc.


wow, I have lived here for 5 1/2 years and have never noticed the Columbia Center building before...especially from that angle...well it is good to notice buildings for their energy use regardless of their location.

It makes sense for any office building to be energy efficient even if it is out on Kruse Way...being in the suburbs is no excuse for wasting energy.

kyle andersen

^^agree, but at some point you have to consider the carbon footprint of each building outside its own property lines.


of course, but I think that kind of thinking is much bigger than any one office building...that is more along the lines of regional planning and the placing of office space near transit areas and vice versa.

Besides, one could have a net zero home, commute to work with little to no carbon footprint, but if their work is not energy efficient, then all that work goes out the window.

In Chicago, 70% of the city's energy use is from the Loop and much of that is from lighting and heating and cooling.


Let's not forget that over 36,000 people live in Lake Oswego, many in apartment complexes directly across Kruse Way or in nearby Mt. Park. While not perfect, providing an alternative to a daily commute downtown is a valuable alternative. After all, shouldn't we all be living closer to our work... or working closer to where we live?

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