PAE - Living Building

A historic and cutting edge achievement, yet
still off-the-grid.

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Client: PAE
: Portland, Oregon
: 57,000 square feet
: 2022
: Corporate

A beacon for sustainable spaces of the future:

In 2018 PacificWRO joined PAE engineers and ZGF architects on a mission to create the first Living Building Challenge (LBC) certified project in Portland, Oregon. At 58,700 square feet, PAE HQ is the largest commercial Living Building in the state of Oregon. A staggering 105 percent of the building’s annual energy needs are produced onsite from renewable energy which allows the structure to operate as a net positive energy generator.

PAE’s priorities for their space were to meet the rigorous sustainability requirements of the Living Building Challenge, create a healthy and flexible workspace for their employees and reuse or donate as much existing furniture to eliminate products going to the landfill.

They selected PacificWRO and Herman Miller based on our team’s experience and passion around sustainability. We pulled in key experts to help PAE navigate the various product lines with relation to material transparency, red list issues and assisted on the documentation of these products for the LBC process. PacificWRO also helped to develop two types of workstations that allowed users more choice in their working environment, helped them utilize existing inventory and also mitigated directional glare issues with the massive amount of daylight in certain parts of the building. The workstations were also designed for ultimate future adaptability in mind - the two different types of workspaces could be interchangeable and required only a small kit of parts.

“PacificWRO is a great team to work with! Really personable, friendly and fun. I looked forward to each of our design meetings. They bring great energy, ideas, and knowledge to their work.Your dedication to getting the job done right is exemplary. Everyone at PAE feels really lucky to get to work in such a great space! We especially appreciate your willingness to partner on a job like the PAE Living Building, supporting Living Building Challenge goals for the project every step of the way.”
PAE Engineers Janet Rademacher Hull | Operations Manager

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