Historic Portland Hotel Gets New Green Look

August 15, 2008

The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, a member of the Carino Collection and Historic Hotels of America, recently remodeled all 155 of the hotel’s bathrooms, maintaining the standard of luxury that the hotel is famous for, while lowering its environmental footprint.  Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects designed the remodel with the goals of being locally responsible, sustainable, and efficient. 

Some of the features of the remodel include:

  • Preserving existing teak trim, mirrors, stone vanities and tubs.
  • Using Forest Stewardship Council certified wood that adheres to all the practices of the Smartwood Rainforest Alliance.
  • 40% recycled content tile on the walls and floors.
  • Use of LED lighting custom designed by Eleek Lighting and Design.
  • Shower heads that reduce water usage by 10 to 20 percent.
  • Toilets that will reduce water usage by 50 percent.
  • Approximately 95%, by volume, of the debris from the bathroom demolition was donated to Portland’s ReBuilding Center, the largest non-profit building materials resource in North America.

The Heathman is not new to sustainability and conservation.  It was one of Portland’s first hotels to receive incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon for energy efficiency upgrades.  It also participates in Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program, purchasing 30 percent of its electricity from Blue Sky renewable sources.  Chris Erickson, the Heathman’s general manager, said, “We are thrilled to team with AMAA (Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects), a company that shares our sustainable values and commitment to community.  They’ve helped to take our existing sustainability efforts to the next level.”

The Heathman’s guests are invited to see, and experience, how luxury and sustainability can coexist.



Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.  

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