Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2018


Ramin Neshati

Course Title

Decision Making in Engineering and Technology Management

Course Number

EMGT 530/630


Urban renewal -- Oregon -- Portland -- Planning, Greenhouse gas mitigation, Hierarchical Decision Model, Decision making


This study seeks to provide guidance regarding the configuration of buildings and energy systems for the Broadway Corridor project, a large new urban redevelopment project in Portland, Oregon. With the emergence in recent years of two public policy priorities in Portland – reduction in greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to climate change mitigation goals, and preparedness for a high impact natural disaster event – this study is intended to assist decision makers by informing them of conceptual site building and infrastructure configurations that stand to demonstrate high performance toward these goals.

Under the presence of a complex set of stakeholders and a large number of potential configurations, multiple criteria decision modeling was used to inform decision makers associated with the Broadway Corridor of a prioritized list of configuration options that should proceed to more detailed planning stages. First, four conceptual options were developed using a review of relevant literature and consultation with a set of subject matter experts in the field. Second, a hierarchical decision model was created and quantified with a different set of experts. After analysis, the findings show a distinct preference for an option with the highest level of resilience and greenhouse gas reduction performance, despite this option’s higher associated cost, risk and implementation complexity.

The main limitation of this study is a low level of detail about the configuration options, which, if improved upon and expanded in a future iteration, could result in a change in expert preferences. Further, improvements to the hierarchical decision modeling process, including a wider range of expert assessors are suggested as ways to improve future results.


This project is only available to students, staff, and faculty of Portland State University

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