LEED® Platinum Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building takes home Top Ten AIA COTE Award

Apr 22, 2014 6:00 PM ET
Campaign: Sustainability

PORTLAND, April 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building one of the nation’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The LEED Platinum EGWW Federal Building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and was constructed by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company. The project architect is SERA Architects and the design excellence architect is Cutler Anderson Architects.

The COTE awards program, now in its 18th year, is the profession's best known national recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The award will be presented at the AIA 2014 national Convention and Design Exposition on June 26-28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

“We are elated that the EGWW Federal Building project was selected by COTE, from a field of hundreds, to be included in this prestigious group of award-winning projects,” stated Jim Sather, Oregon division president. “By working as an integrated team with GSA, our subcontractors, and design counterparts, this modernization project is now among the most efficient facilities in the GSA portfolio. It is an outstanding example of the best of our industry.”

"We are extremely honored to receive the American Institute of Architecture's top sustainability award for GSA's Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building," said Regional Administrator George Northcroft, GSA's Northwest/Arctic Region. "This award is an affirmation that architecture, construction, and design can work together to create a modern, efficient, and high performing building that saves taxpayers money."

Project Facts:
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The $139 million Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in the heart of Portland, Oregon, is an 18-story, 525,000-square-foot facility that is home to more than 16 federal agencies and 1,200 federal employees.

Through the efficiencies from the systems and envelope revisions, the team generated unique results that included a re-allocation of space that increased the gross building area by two additional floors of rentable area.

Additional sustainable project design solutions include:

  • 180-kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof
  • LEED Platinum certification
  • New mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that will save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the project
  • Six passenger elevators that reduce elevator power use by up to 75% by generating electricity as it descends
  • Hydronic radiant heating and cooling systems that decrease overall annual energy use by 60%
  • Diversion of 89% of project waste (more than 7,214 tons) from landfills

The project also recently won a national Award of Merit from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in the Building Renovation category and an Award of Merit from ENR Northwest in the Government/Public Buildings category.



About Howard S. Wright

With more than 128 years in business, Howard S. Wright provides preconstruction, general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for clients in the public and private sectors. Operating out of offices on the West Coast, the company serves numerous market sectors including public agency, healthcare, commercial office, mission critical, education, and multi-family housing. Howard S. Wright is a leader in sustainable building with more than $1.8 billion in completed LEED projects. The company has successfully delivered construction management and general contracting services for 10 Fortune 100 Companies. In June of 2011, Howard S. Wright joined the Balfour Beatty Construction family of companies. For more information about Howard S. Wright, visit howardswright.com.

About Balfour Beatty Construction

An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sector. With more than 3,000 employees across the U.S., the company has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record. The company is part of London-based Balfour Beatty plc, a global infrastructure services business operating in more than 80 countries, with a worldwide commitment to providing assets that help societies function, develop, and thrive. To learn more about the company, visit www.balfourbeattyus.com or look for BalfourBeattyUS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About GSA

As the manager of thousands of federal properties, GSA is a leader in providing sustainable and innovative solutions for design, workplace management, and construction. The mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.


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