Press Release

Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building named Sustainable Project of the Year

26 August 2014


The Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, built by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, was recently named the 2014 Sustainable Project of the Year by the Portland Business Journal.

The LEED Platinum project boasts sustainable features like the conversion of a firing range into a 170,000 gallon rainwater collection tank, a roof canopy with 180kw photovoltaic array which doubles as a rainwater collection surface, dedicated outside air supply used for ventilation, radiant heating/cooling, and six passenger elevators that generate electricity as they descend. 

The award was presented on 22 August at the Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Awards Breakfast. The Better Bricks awards program celebrates companies and individuals in the commercial real estate industry who have contributed to making Portland an innovative urban area.  

The company, along with the General Services Association (GSA) and SERA architects, was recognised. “We are honoured to be recognised for our team’s work on the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building,” stated Jim Sather, Oregon division president. “This award is a testament to the hard work of all those involved in the project and the meaningful partnership we have built with GSA and SERA.” 

Project background: 

The LEED Platinum $137 million Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building project is a high performance green building project. The scope included the renovation of the existing 20-floor office tower in Portland, Oregon. The building, originally built in 1974, is owned by the GSA and includes 17 levels of office space, a two-story lobby at the ground floor entrance, two levels of below-grade parking, and surrounding site work.  

Through the efficiencies from the systems and envelope revisions, the team generated unique results that included a re-allocation of space for the floors that increased the gross building area by two additional floors of rentable area for a total of 525,421 square feet. This modernised building is among the most efficient facilities in the GSA portfolio – it reduces energy consumption by over 50% from baseline metrics and met all project performance, schedule, and financial goals. 

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Notes to editors:

1.  Howard S. Wright is a Balfour Beatty company acquired by Balfour Beatty Construction Services US in 2011. Both companies enjoy a long history providing 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. Howard S. Wright  operates in the Pacific Northwest with offices in Seattle and Portland. The company serves numerous market sectors including public agency, healthcare, technology, mission critical, education, and multi-family housing. 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. 

2.  Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.

Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK and the USA, with developing businesses in Australia, Canada, the Middle East, South Africa and South East Asia. With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors focus on infrastructure - transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, water, and complex buildings (both commercial and social).

Balfour Beatty employs 40,000 people around the world. 

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