Gallery: Inside Keen's green headquarters building project

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"We're committed to the Pearl District and to being a part of the fabric of Portland," said Keen's Rob Fenty. From the basement of the Pearl Building to the Fifth floor up top, Keen is taking a green approach. 

They wanted to go for zero waste.

The ambitious folks at Keen Inc. wanted the overhaul of the 100-year-old Pearl Building, the soon-to-be home of their new headquarters purchased by Keen in February, to happen without sending anything to the landfill.

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R and H Construction, contractor on the project, was up for the challenge but tempered the expectations somewhat, promising to keep landfill waste to a single dumpster — a tall order for a months-long project that would normally see one or two landfill-bound dumpsters filled every week. Meanwhile they kept area recycling outfits very, very busy.

"Treat this like a desert island."

That's what Keen's owner Rory Fuerst told Rob Fenty, who is managing the construction project for the Portland-based footwear brand. Fenty and his team took the advice to heart, trying to reuse as much as they could from the building itself in the design of the company's new offices.

Just over a month out from Keen's move-in date, we got a tour of the construction site and learned what it takes to achieve a near-zero-waste construction project.

Click on the image above for a tour of the construction site and an exclusive sneak peak at Keen's new Pearl District home base. All photos are by the Portland Business Journal's Cathy Cheney.


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