We nurture a culture of creativity and collaboration. We strive to sustain balance in the environment and in our professional impacts. We come together to do good work with an understanding of the impacts of time on architecture, the environment, and community.
We strive to create a barrier-free environment.
Driven by the individual passions of our staff, we weave sustainable measures and environmental best practices throughout all of our designs
Waterleaf has worked with many organizations to update and develop flexible, dramatic, and diverse environments.
Each renovation project is seen by the design team as an opportunity to advance universal design principles, highlight shared project goals, and work together to provide buildings and spaces that improve the building's use.
Waterleaf fully understands not only the basic structural upgrades and unreinforced masonry, but the collateral effects on other systems, materials and finishes.
Twenty-seven percent of the firm are LEED-accredited professionals and Waterleaf encourages those who are not to seek their accreditation and are willing to cover the cost of the exam. In-house LEED educational seminars are also offered regularly.
Waterleaf was initially certified as a B Corporation in 2016 and renewed in 2018 by B Lab who administers the certification. We believe in providing service to our community by making sure spaces are accessible and providing solutions that are sustainable for our community and environment.
Sustainability at Work Award In 2015 and 2018, Waterleaf was awarded Gold Certification by the City of Portland as a result of the Green Practices used in both the maintenance and design of the office.
We are a member of a coalition of organizations dedicated to lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. The goal of ZERO is to put all buildings in Oregon on the path to zero energy.