Mt. Hood Meadows officially dedicated two buildings Saturday, both receiving Green Building Council LEED certification. The Mountain Medical Clinic, constructed two summers ago received a LEED certified gold award, and the midmountain Patrol Headquarters constructed three summers ago was LEED certified silver.
Excerpts from Mt. Hood Meadows CEO Matthew Drake address at the ceremony:
We are honored to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold and Silver ratings administered by the US Green Building Council for the Mountain Medical Clinic and for the Ski Patrol Headquarters Building. We have designed and constructed these buildings consistent with the core Vision of our company: “Provide an ideal mountain resort experience while respecting Mt. Hood”.
As we make critical decisions about the use, design and construction of our facilities, we know they must function in a challenging mountain environment. Further, they must be part of our long term commitment to sustainability. As a result, we have chosen to make proactive business decisions based on sustainable practices, which are interconnected with our bottom line as a business.
These two buildings we dedicate today generate an energy cost savings of 49.7%. They are designed and built with earth berming on the lower levels to reduce heat loss in this cold climate and with low-e glazing to minimize heat gain and maximize light transmission. They have high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems and controls, including geothermal heat utilizing a ground source heat pump for water and climate control. Native plants were selected to replant vegetation in disturbed areas, as is our normal practice, to keep natural vegetation in all construction areas.
These buildings are designed to serve our guests for many years into the future, with a minimal impact on our fragile and sometimes ferocious mountain environment. As they serve us and future generations, we will know that they function with minimum environmental impact and maximum cost efficiency creating a virtuous cycle which realizes our three core values of safety, sustainability and service.
We are very proud to have attained LEED Gold and Silver certification for these buildings. I would like to sincerely thank the design, construction and Meadows teams for their dedicated hard work that makes this celebration today possible. Together, we have achieved recognized excellence, consistent with our vision and values.
Thank you and ski safely and sustainably!
Elected officials from Clackamas and Hood River counties, a representative from Senator Ron Wieden's office, forest service officials, and representatives from the architectual and construction companies, as well as Mt. Hood Meadows staff attended the dedication. The event was opened with a traditional blessing by Chief Delvis Heath, Chief of the Warm Springs, Confederated tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation.
Pictured Left to Right:
Jay Ward Senator Ron Wyden’s Office
Clackamas County Commissioner Charlotte Lehan
Hood River County, Commission Chairman, Ron Rivers
Mt. Hood Meadows CEO Matthew Drake
Clackamas County Commissioners Jim Bernard
Chief Delvis Heath, Confederated tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Hood River County Commissioner Chuck Thomsen
Kneeling: Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Gary Larsen