SOURCE: Glumac

December 20, 2011 04:00 ET

Glumac Relocates to LEED® Platinum-Designed Office at the Standard Insurance Center

Leading West Coast Sustainable Engineering Firm Moves Portland Office

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2011) - Glumac will be relocating to a new 15,160-sq.ft., LEED Platinum-designed office space at the Standard Insurance Center at the beginning of January, 2012. Located at 900 SW 5th Ave., Suite 1600, Portland, OR 97204, the office includes the entire 16th floor of the 27-story, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed 1968 building. The building is owned by Standard Insurance Company.

Glumac selected the Standard Insurance Center in part due to its transit-central location. The downtown Portland transit mall runs on 5th and 6th Avenues and includes transportation options such as bus, light rail and bicycle lanes. Glumac President Steven Straus noted, "We appreciate the collaboration with The Standard to develop a showcase floor for their building that will achieve dramatic energy reduction and improved productivity... all in a 40-plus-year-old structure. We hope it will serve as an example to other building owners on how they can achieve both cost-effective energy retrofits and spectacular new office environments."

Sustainability was targeted as a primary goal for the design. From the initial Eco Charrette, the goal of achieving LEED Platinum certification with an energy savings of 50% over a comparable building was set. Glumac partnered with Gensler's Seattle office to ensure the engineering systems would be perfectly integrated with clean and modern architecture in all spaces.

Kirk Davis, Managing Principal of Glumac's Portland office, took note of the centrality of the project to Glumac's central vision of sustainable engineering and people-centric culture by commenting: "This is a great location, great building, great landlord, great view... and great space! And the perfect match for our motto: 'Great People, Great Projects.'"

The new floor plan is "open-office," which reduces the need for construction materials and increases the opportunities for collaboration between employees. Kirk Davis says he cannot wait to move into the new space: "It will be fantastic to be on one floor (from two now), which will give us the flexibility to create integrated project teams to better serve our clients with collaborative, coordinated designs. We will have ample space to have our clients visit and work alongside our entire Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Technology (MEPT) designers to solve problems on the fly."

The design required gutting the space, removing the ceilings and exposing the cast concrete structure -- which was newly showcased and painted white to maximize the benefit of daylighting from the perimeter windows. The building owner, as part of the façade upgrade, replaced the single-pane exterior windows on Glumac's floor with double pane, high-efficiency glazing and added new windows above the old ceiling line, increasing total available daylighting. With optimized daylight harvesting, Glumac aims to reduce lighting power density by 47% from State of Oregon code allowances. Lighting load is further being reduced by using:

  • LEDs in over 50% of luminaires
  • Vacancy and occupancy sensors for all lights
  • Daylight sensors for all lights in daylight areas
  • A Lutron QS System to provide wireless controls and switches for all lights and motorized blinds
    • This will be the most advanced lighting control system deployed in the Pacific Northwest

Glumac also designed for maximum energy and resource savings by integrating:

  • Water fixtures that use 43% less water than code allowances
  • "Chilled sails" to provide energy-efficient radiant cooling
  • Operable windows (the first in this building) to provide employees with fresh air and improved comfort
  • FSC-Certified and recycled wood
  • Low-VOC furnishings

Glumac is very excited to move into this new space and live its vision of sustainability. Kirk Davis is thrilled to be able to "walk the talk and operate in an office environment we recommend to our clients." To make all employees always aware of energy usage, Glumac is installing a custom energy dashboard to show real-time and past energy use. This will lend insight into identifying trends and anomalies of the heating, cooling and control systems, and give Glumac the ability to make system changes in the future in efforts to ever-improve energy usage.

About Glumac
Founded in 1971, Glumac offers innovative designs that preserve architectural integrity while ensuring an efficient building, lower capital and operating costs and occupant comfort. As experts in high performance design, Glumac has more than 90 LEED APs on staff and has developed more than 200 LEED certified and registered projects for government, institutional and private clients. With more than 200 talented employees across ten offices -- nine in the Western U.S. and the newest in Shanghai -- Glumac's collaborative environment generates ideas and solutions that consistently produce exceptional projects. Glumac celebrates 40 years of business this year. For more information about Glumac, visit Twitter: @GlumacEngineers.

About The Standard
The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life, AD&D, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit

The Standard, based in Portland, Ore., is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, Inc., The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Inc., Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Mortgage Investors, Inc., StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., StanCorp Real Estate, LLC and StanCorp Equities, Inc.

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