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MarkDaMan Apr 1, 2009 11:05 PM

Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Renovation | Complete
Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 1:17pm PDT | Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 1:35pm
GSA Stimulus list: $149M for Portland

Portland Business Journal

General Services Administration plans to spend more than $149 million of its stimulus funding for government buildings on three projects in Oregon.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed by President Barack Obama in February, calls for major new construction and energy efficient modernization of federal office buildings, courthouses and land ports across the country. Of the total $5.5 billion, GSA is planning to put $4.27 billion toward “high performance green building” modernization and improvement.

The Oregon projects:

• Portland’s Edith-Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, 1220 S.W. Third Ave., will receive $133 million. The building is named in honor of former Oregon U.S. Representatives Edith Green and Wendell Wyatt.

• Portland’s Bonneville Power Administration Building, 905 N.E. 11th Ave., $6.6 million.

• The David J. Wheeler Federal Building in Baker, $9.8 million.

The list of projects was first obtained earlier this week by the Washington Business Journal, an affiliated publication of Portland Business Journal. Click the link for a list of all GSA projects, as submitted to Congress.

MarkDaMan Apr 1, 2009 11:07 PM

$133 million

That is a TON of money for one building renovation. Does this mean the project will start in the next few months?

NJD Apr 2, 2009 12:13 AM

^ longer the name of a building: the costlier to renovate.

MarkDaMan Apr 2, 2009 1:59 AM

From SERA Architects webpage, no renderings though...

Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building

portland, oregon
303,574 sq ft

Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building

The U.S. General Services Administration (“GSA”) has initiated, per Congressional authorization, the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Renovation & Rehabilitation Project. This project is currently in the planning and design phase.

The Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building is considered by many to be the flagship building for the federal government in Portland, Oregon, and is located in the central business district. The building complex is comprised of an eighteen-story office tower, which occupies one full city block and two levels of basement and parking areas. The overall development encompasses approximately 516,360 square feet.

Various federal agencies occupy tenant space within the Federal Building. In late 2001, GSA surveyed the client agencies to ascertain their needs, and commissioned a report to propose building solutions which would better support current and projected tenant requirements. The results of these findings led to GSA’s approval to proceed with this project.

Goals of the project are to improve the functionality of and security for the Federal Building, as well as extend its useful life, improve its seismic capabilities and provide better systems efficiency - all in an environmentally positive manner. The proposed rehabilitation and renovation work will permit the re-introduction of the building into the market as an effectively new and sustainable building.

The primary area of focus is the transformation of the tower to provide for the building’s principal function as office space for the federal client agencies. The building renovation responds to various areas where there is a desire for improvement.

The current project schedule calls for start of construction in FY2007/2008. The duration of the entire project is expected to be about five years.

For this project, GSA has contracted with SERA Architects (Portland, OR) and Cutler Anderson Architects (Bainbridge Island, WA) for architectural and design services. Other private sector companies have also been engaged to ensure a successful project.

For further information on this project, contact: Peter Gray, Community Affairs Public Outreach U.S. General Services Administration – Northwest/Arctic Region

philopdx Apr 2, 2009 2:29 AM

New cladding would be absolutely marvelous.

PacificNW Apr 2, 2009 3:32 AM

I had read somewhere that the building would get a new can hope.

nobody Apr 2, 2009 5:27 AM

Anyone have a current image of this building?

MarkDaMan Apr 2, 2009 5:36 AM

in all her glory

urbanlife Apr 2, 2009 7:13 AM

and here I thought I would be turning 80 by the time this tower went under renovation.

Good to hear it will be happening sooner. I cant remember where now, but I know I have seen a rendering of what the tower would look like...though I dont think it was a very detailed rendering.

stan Apr 2, 2009 4:00 PM

Um, the picture is a little hard to take on a full stomach.

scottyboi Apr 2, 2009 4:28 PM

yikes...that's a whole LOT of a whole, we seem have a lot of buildings similar to this downtown...unfortunate

zilfondel Apr 2, 2009 11:16 PM


Originally Posted by PacificNW (Post 4172616)
I had read somewhere that the building would get a new can hope.

I had an inside source and mentioned it a year or two ago. Took 'em awhile to get to it. $133 million... I wonder if I'll recognize the building once they're done.

So it looks like they're going to do a complete interior reconstruction, new circulation, make it LEED, building systems, as well as put a new cladding system on it, which from what I was told will involve a double glass curtainwall on the southern facade. They also might just put a new glass curtain wall over the current facade, actually. I guess we'll find out, though.

NewUrbanist Apr 3, 2009 8:30 PM

Well I am sure for $133 Million they could have built a new tower, maybe not as tall, and sell this building to a private developer/ owner. Sometimes I just don't understand the GSA.

PacificNW Jun 12, 2009 10:18 PM

Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Renovation | x feet | 18 floors | U/C
It looks as though the Federal Building "Updo" is going out for bid (July, 2009)! $133 million dollars worth! A new facade is part of the changes coming to this tired looking federal building. :cheers:

Orlando Jun 13, 2009 11:46 PM

Are there any renderings?

urbanlife Jun 14, 2009 12:02 AM

this actually going to happen within the coming years? I always thought I would make it to 60 before this happened.

Okstate Jun 14, 2009 5:32 AM

Anything that makes our skyline look better from the Willamette is good news.

Mallory2008 Jun 17, 2009 4:22 PM

Fantastic news...IMO this is the ugliest building in the city (with Fugjoy a close second).

scottyboi Jun 17, 2009 6:29 PM

I don't know...there are plenty of fugly office buildings downtown...actually, most of them are pretty horrible 50's and 60's affairs...blocky, sterile and bland (not that I'm arguing that THIS building is ugly ;-) )

360Rich Jun 17, 2009 11:14 PM

I couldn't remember what this building looks like. If you're in the same boat, here's a pic.

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