Portland Community College

The Project

In 2008, voters in Oregon approved a $374 million bond issue to renovate aging buildings, update technology, and expand instruction by increasing classrooms throughout the PCC system. As a new construction project, the PCC Southeast Center was to provide exterior insulation outside of framing, as required by code, while still fulfilling the architect’s design idea.

Kingspan‘s KarrierPanel provided the best thermal envelope and reduced thermal bridging, allowing the building to be fully passive.

Portland, Oregon, USA

The Kingspan panels we used for this project directly contributed to the building scoring extremely high on LEED certification credits.

Jeff Harbaugh, Original Project Manager, General Sheet Metal


An Extremely High Score

The PCC project followed a vertical application using single element cladding panels from Morin, a Kingspan Group Company. The design flexibility of KarrierPanel allowed the Morin panels to fulfill the architect’s 12-inch wide module design requirement. With a core of continuous, rigid polyiso insulation, Kingspan’s KarrierPanel provides industry leading R- and U- values with superior airtightness performance, a major need in the Pacific Northwest climate.


Top Marks on Client Satisfaction

KS Series panels are recyclable, adding to the building’s life- cycle benefits. Exterior wall systems, like KarrierPanel, last as long as the service life of a typical commercial building. These durable commercial wall systems also reduce operational costs for energy maintenance and offer multiple end-of-life reuse options, aligning with PCC’s LEED certification commitment.

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