PECI fills up First & Main
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Portland’s newest office building is officially full.
PECI, an energy management nonprofit fueled by work funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the stimulus package, has moved in the top three floors of First & Main.
PECI, or Portland Energy Conservation Inc., chose the building because it earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum designation. PECI, on a growth spurt after winning an important contract to promote energy conservation in California, said the building will be "a living lab for their energy-saving efforts." The move allowed PECI to consolidate employees from three separate offices.
PECI equipped its space with energy-saving server technology, electrical monitoring systems, furniture and carpeting made from recycled materials and occupancy sensors that control lighting.
The 16-story office tower was completed in mid-2010 at 100 S.W. Main St., at the Hawthorne Bridgehead. It is the first significant addition to the Portland skyline since Fox Tower opened in 2000.
The balance of First & Main is filled by various government agencies displaced by the stimulus-funded $139 million renovation of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt federal building, which is around the corner.
The building's office space is fully-leased. Owner Shorenstein Realty Services L.P. is still marketing its street-level retail space to potential tenants.
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