The Port of Portland’s headquarters building, designed by ZGF, at the Portland International Airport showcases the client’s commitment to sustainable practices, while reflecting a 21st century culture—one port—in an effort to increase collaboration and foster a team environment. The 205,603 SF building consists of three floors of office space atop seven floors of public airport parking. The facility is located to the east of Portland International Airport’s main terminal building and is connected to the existing parking structure, serving as a new gateway to the airport. The design reflects a reorganization of the Port along functional lines, rather than departmental, and brings together staff in the Marine and Aviation Divisions previously dispersed in several Portland locations. ZGF worked closely with the Port to develop new standards for office space to accommodate a shift from a closed office environment to primarily open plan—98% is open office, while 2% is private offices for those whose job functions demand privacy. Comfort and cost-effective solutions were a primary concern, as was telling the Port’s story through artwork. Open atria provide visual connections between the floors and assist with wayfinding, while enhancing communication. The project is LEED Platinum certified and has been named one of the world’s most high-tech green buildings by Forbes magazine, as well as honored with a Smart Environments Award by the International Interior Design Association and Metropolis magazine.

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