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Success Story

Clatsop Community College Patriot Hall, Astoria

Restoring history, serving community

Patriot Hall has been a fixture in Astoria since 1921. Proving that it’s possible to pay tribute to yesterday while pursuing tomorrow, Clatsop Community College redeveloped the building into a community centerpiece that is 70 percent more efficient than the national standard for buildings of its type.

The reimagined space features a multi-purpose gymnasium, classrooms, community space, fitness center, an indoor track overlooking the Columbia River and a historic plaque dedicated to Clatsop County soldiers of all wars, for whom Patriot Hall is named.

The college leveraged local bonds to fund the renovation and enrolled in Energy Trust’s Path to Net Zero—an innovative offering that helps customers maximize energy-efficiency and solar potential at the outset of planning for new construction or a major renovation project.

Energy Trust’s technical assistance helped identify design strategies and technologies that make the space comfortable, airy and a wise use of resources. Daylighting, natural ventilation and low-speed ceiling fans cut annual energy costs by $25,000—money that can be invested back into students and the community. Energy Trust cash incentives totaling $57,400 helped defray the extra cost of opting for efficiency.

“It’s important for us to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and of the environment,” said Chris Breitmeyer, president, Clatsop Community College.