To be more environmentally responsible to the community and the residents of The Uptown apartments in downtown Vancouver, the folks at Cascadia Development Partners, LLC felt it necessary to pursue a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification.

After implementing several specific measures to achieve LEED certification for the project, The Uptown achieved LEED Silver certification on May 14. And, based on research of other LEED projects in Clark County, it appears that The Uptown is the first and only midrise multifamily project in Clark County, and the first apartment project in Clark County to be LEED certified, said Morgan Jackson, development coordinator for Cascadia.

“We didn’t know (we would be the only ones) when we pursued the LEED certification for the project,” said David Copenhaver, president of Cascadia Development Partners. “We pursued the certification for the tenants; we knew it would be an attractive marketing tool and kind of a community enhancement project. We thought it was important to pursue a LEED project; it was kind of surprising to find out we’re the only ones.”

The Uptown was completed and delivered to the rental market in Clark County in mid-February of this year. The Uptown is a six-story, mixed-use project that includes 167 rental dwelling units, 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and underground parking. The project spans one city block in the heart of the Uptown district of downtown Vancouver at Main Street and McLoughlin.

This is a summary of the original article “Uptown apartment project earns LEED Silver” By Joanna Yorke June 22, 2018. Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal.

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