District Office

Bend Park & Recreation District

As one of the most sustainable projects constructed in Central Oregon at the time, the LEED Gold Bend Metro Park and Recreation District Administration building demonstrated how to integrate a building into its environmental context with an emphasis on the high desert site and climate.

Size: 22,000 sf
Location: Bend, OR
Stat: LEED Gold


2011, Environmental Design + Construction Magazine, Excellence in Design Award, Government Category

The building is tied to the fabric of the Old Mill District, expressing a welcoming, park-like experience. A large outdoor terrace creates an inviting entry into an information lobby and large community room. A green roof, planted with wildflowers, blends the building into the riverfront park site.

The $7.2 million building houses staff in open workspaces to encourage interaction, while large south-facing glazing provides extensive daylighting and views of the river. The facility’s design, utilizing exposed wood and steel, is a humble and honest expression of the structure, while a high level of craft and detail give the building a civic quality. Native regional materials were locally sourced as much as possible to lower the building’s environmental impact.

The design of the Administration Building reflects the District’s mission of community building and progressive environmental stewardship by utilizing locally sourced materials and integrating sophisticated building systems that reduce energy and resource consumption.