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Oregon Convention Center (OCC)
With more than 500,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, the OCC is the largest convention facility in the Pacific Northwest.
Among the most beautiful of the building’s existing sustainability features is the Rain Garden, a series of landscaped ponds through which all rainwater draining from the OCC’s five-acre roof flows, before reaching the nearby Willamette River. As the water moves through the rocks and native plants adorning the ponds, it is filtered of pollutants.
The OCC is managed by the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission (MERC), a division of Metro, the Portland area’s elected regional government. Metro oversees regional recycling and sustainability efforts, as well as managing the area’s Urban Growth Boundary and several regional performance and event venues.