Location: Portland, Ore. • Developer: Turtle Island, LLC • Architect: Ankrom Moisan • Built: 2005 • Units: 210 • Notable: A mixed-use building with affordable housing in the Pearl District, one of Portland’s poshest neighborhoods, the structure is designed to blend into its neighborhood while offering well-designed, quiet, comfortable units with many green and energy-saving features.
Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects Location: Portland, Ore. • Developer: Turtle Island, LLC • Architect: Ankrom Moisan • Built: 2005 • Units: 210 • Notable: A mixed-use building with affordable housing in the Pearl District, one of Portland’s poshest neighborhoods, the structure is designed to blend into its neighborhood while offering well-designed, quiet, comfortable units with many green and energy-saving features.

One would never know by looking at them that all but a handful of the units are affordable. The property, which consists of two L-shaped buildings clad in brick, stucco, and HardiePanel, rises to six stories and blends in with this neighborhood of converted, turn-of-the-last-century warehouses and midsized towers of brick, glass, and steel. The Sitka is remarkable because of its commitment to green design and its approach to tenants’ utilities. The building has a number of innovative, energy-saving features that also increase comfort, including a mechanical system that keeps the building cooler and nearly eliminates the ‘cooking smell’ issue that so many apartments have. Also, the units are individually metered for water and are fi tted with high-effi ciency fi xtures. As a result, tenants pay their own bill, but they use less water and also have control over their water use and are therefore encouraged to conserve. Finally, the developer hard-wired the building for Internet service and offered it free.

—Harrison Royce, AIA, LEED AP, partner, SRM Architecture and Marketing, Portland