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Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building

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 LEED Platinum certified 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.

Learn more about EGWW and hear highlights from project team members about how they delivered this modernization project in this video courtesy of Howard S. Wright:

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Awards

  • 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Awards

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  • 2014 GSA Design Excellence Award - Honor

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  • 2014 Tall Building in America Award | Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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  • 2014 DJC Top Projects Award | Renovation Category

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  • 2014 IES IA Awards (Illuminating Engineering Society, Illumination Award) | Portland, Oregon Section Award for Energy and Environment

  • 2014 Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Awards | Sustainable Project of the Year

  • 2013 Merit Award | AIA Northwest & Pacific Region

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  • 2013 AIA TAP/BIM WInner | COAA Owners' Choice Award: Renovation/Retrofit Award

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  • 2012 AIA TAP/BIM Winner | Category B; Delivery Process Innovation

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  • 2010 Portland 2030 Challenge Design Award | “As Designed” category

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