Historic Warehouse Retrofit Joins Citywide Renovation Spree

Dec 04, 2010

Gerding Edlen’s transformation of a warehouse in NW Portland will house the North American Headquarters for Vestas Wind Systems

Site of the historic renovation that will house new Vestas headquarters

With renovations beating out new construction business, the Portland Business Journal takes a close look at Portland's major renovation projects, including Gerding Edlen's $66 million transformation of an old Meier & Frank warehouse into the new North American headquarters for wind turbine-maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

Robert Goldfield writes, “Thanks to a new fifth floor, the Meier and Frank makeover will give Vestas a 172,000-square-foot home. Two architectural firms contributed to the design: GBD Architects Inc. representing Gerding Edlen and Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects representing Vestas.

The design process, however, was very collaborative, said Patrick Wilde, project manager for Gerding Edlen.

'Sustainability is at the top of everyone’s goals,' he said.

And the list of sustainable features is extensive, ranging from rooftop solar panels to reuse of captured stormwater runoff. Wilde said the development company aims to achieve platinum-level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.”

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