Fre+Will Dock developers hope for a NoPo sustainable landmark
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Radiator Building, which features a bevy of energy-saving touches, is one of three projects that'll comprise the Fre-Will Dock complex on North Williams Avenue.
Developers believe a sustainably designed complex at the corner of North Williams Avenue and Fremont Street can serve as a catalyst for an ecodistrict within the burgeoning neighborhood.
Already, developers of the Fre+Will Dock have reached a deal with New Seasons Market, which is soon opening an adjacent grocery, to used recovered heat within the office and retail buildings.
The three buildings will offer about 100,000 square feet worth of space in three structures. The project is close to making it through the city's approval process, the developers say.
Nels Gabbert, Ben Kaiser and Eric Lemelson are serving as the project's developers. The complex would effectively serve as the neighborhood's first larger-scale office buildings.
The neighborhood, which already features projects by Kaiser, is prime for an ecodistrict â€” or buildings and services interconnected by owners' commitments to sustainability â€” because it's becoming a central business district within the North Portland area. Besides New Seasons, which is set to open Aug. 28, a bevy of restaurants and other shops have opened along North Williams and Vancouver avenues.
Bicyclists have also worked to claim the corridor as a main route between downtown and the city's north side.
"We've looked really hard at the neighborhood's needs, and we want to bring a sensibility about green construction and energy to it," said Gabbert. "We've reached out around sharing parking and sharing waste heat."
The Radiator Building, which Kaiser is developing, would sit at 3530 N. Vancouver Ave. Its 36,000 square feet would feature a five-story timber-framed structure. Its overall Energy Use Index of 41 would far exceed the commercial standard of 70. The building's envelope, with an R30 wall assembly and three inches of rigid insulation, would also feature a rain screen.
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