The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building is an existing 18-story, 512,474 sf office tower located in downtown Portland. Originally completed in 1974, the building’s mechanical, electrical, data and fire and life safety systems were out-dated and worn out. The design by SERA and Cutler Anderson Architects completely transforms the building into a modern office environment for federal agencies.
The work was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which required the project to meet the significant energy water conservation requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). EGWW is tracking LEED Platinum and will use 60-65% less energy than a typical office building. Combined with a unique rain water harvesting system, which is estimated to achieve greater than 65% potable water savings, the project exceeds the ARRA requirements and is projected to be one of the lowest energy use buildings in the United States.
Every building system was improved, including: a new energy-efficient building envelope; new highly energy-efficient mechanical, electrical, and voice/data telecommunications systems; a blast-resistant curtain wall; tenant and core upgrades; and seismic structural upgrades. The EGWW Federal Building is poised to be GSA’s national model for energy efficient renovation.