At Ocean5, we strive to demonstrate that you can have fun and have a positive impact on the environment and community.
We are built and operated upon the 3 key pillars of sustainability:
Environmental | Social | Fiscal
Watch this video to learn more about our Sustainability Story, directly from our founder Troy Alstead.
LEED SILVER CERTIFIED
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, available for nearly all building structures, including city, community, and home projects. This global rating system provides guidelines to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. We’re extremely proud to be the world’s first facility with bowling, laser tag and dining to earn LEED Silver certification.
Ocean5 is a treasure trove of cool stories, waiting to be told! Many of these stories give life to the materials used to complete the 57,000 square foot building, including the Net-Effect carpet collection.
If you take a close look at the carpets while you’re exploring the bowling lanes, and you might notice the subtle pattern of a wave washing up on shore. These patterned carpets all throughout our building are made with recycled ghost nets! You’ll see the carpet in all of our activity and event spaces, on the first and second floor of the building. It is Interface’s Net Effect carpet collection, part of a bigger Net-Works project in the Philippines, which cleans the shorelines of discarded fishing nets that threaten the double barrier reef offshore.
This has empowered residents in nearby fishing villages to clean their local waters, and it has provided the locals with a new source of income. Villagers gather the nets, and then sell them to a partner company that re-purposes the nylon the nets are made of. Afterwards, the net is converted into yarn for carpeting, which Interface uses for their stunning Net Effect collection.
Full Circle Sustainability
For our team at Ocean5, this is another wonderful opportunity to embrace sustainability and support the health of our oceans. The Net Effect collection gives back, creates unity, and re-purposes potentially harmful discarded fishing nets into something practical, and beautiful!
Ocean5 is approximately 57,000 square ft, and the temperature of the building is regulated with a geothermal heat pump! The geothermal system heats and cools the building with minimal electricity. Through use of this technology, our building maintains a state of energy efficiency year-round.
How does it work?
Geothermal pumps simply move existing heat from one place to another, instead of burning fossil fuels to create heat like conventional systems. There are (72) 265-foot deep wells beneath Ocean 5’s parking. Each well is filled with fluid that runs from the building to the bottom of the well, and back up to the building again. This cycle is a system called a heat-exchanger.
During the winter, the water in the pipes become warm as it flows through the wells. That warm water returns to the building and heats it. The process is reversed during the summer. In the summer, the ground cools the water in the pipes as it runs down the wells, then that cooler water returns to the building and helps cool it. This is how our geothermal system heats and cools Ocean5!
- Ocean5’s geothermal heat pump saves 175 to 200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year! This is roughly equivalent to taking 30 cars and their emissions off of the streets.
- The Earth maintains a temperature of 50 degrees (F) right below the surface, year – round.
Welcome to Ocean5! The first thing you’ll see during visit to Ocean5 is the art sculpture hanging in the lobby, called “Reef.”
The concept of “Reef” was developed and created by artist Brian Brush from Portland, OR. The delicate sculpture is made with 303 identical pieces of aluminum, arranged at various angles. These angles give depth and movement to the one-of-a-kind hanging sculpture.
Brian used scraps from other art projects to make the aluminum pieces for this sculpture. He reuses left over materials in order to keep them from becoming waste, and going into landfills. Each individual plate in the Reef sculpture was purposefully placed, and hung individually at their specified length.
The sculpture is inspired by the energy and biodiversity of the ocean reefs that it is named after. The artwork conveys the energy, complexity, and fragile beauty of the oceans. We hope it inspires all who see it to join us in our journey to help improve the health of our oceans and beaches.
Check out the interview below with artist Brian Brush about the making of the piece!
Artist Brian Brush shares his inspiration in creating the “Reef” art sculpture, located in the Ocean5 lobby.