Up-cycling Meets Good Design at New Headquarters
Jul 03, 2012
Gerding Edlen's new LEED Platinum headquarters at the Meier and Frank Depot Building in Northwest Portland boasts many energy efficient features, including solar panels, an eco-roof, and a 160,000 gallon cistern that stores rainwater for irrigation and toilets. Among the most striking features visible in the new offices are the reclaimed wood flooring and Siberian Spruce paneling sourced from local company Viridian Floors.
"The wood in this flooring had its first life is as transpacific shipping crates carrying heavy railroad tracks. Interestingly, we reclaim this wood off the docks less than a mile away from Gerding Edlen’s offices. The amazing striations in this reclaimed wood flooring come from this original purpose: The crates become streaked with iron oxide where the rails sat. Our process removes these crates from the waste stream and turns them into stunning reclaimed wood products."