By Joel Scanlon
Glumac will be shifted during the early part of 2012 to a new 15,160 sq.ft. LEED Platinum facility at the Standard Insurance Center.
The office occupies the entire 16th floor of the 27-storey building designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1968. It is situated in Portland, OR 97204, located at 900 SW 5th Ave., Suite 1600. Standard Insurance Company is the proprietor of the building.
Glumac selected the Standard Insurance Center due to excellent transportation facilities including bicycle lanes, bus, and light rail.
The design was focused on sustainability with energy conservation over 50% in order to achieve the LEED Platinum certification. Gensler's Seattle office aids Glumac with the synchronization of its engineering systems with extensive and modern architectures.
For the design, gutting of the space had to be done, the ceilings were removed and the cast concrete structure was exposed which was painted white and newly displayed to increase the daylighting advantage from the surrounding windows. As part of the portico renovation, Glumac's floor was provided with double pane exterior windows, with high-efficiency glazing for brilliant day lighting. Lighting load is minimized by employing LEDs in over 50% of luminaires, a Lutron QS System with wireless switches and controls for all mechanical blinds and lights, occupancy, daylight and vacancy sensors for all lights will be provided.
In addition, the design attributes conservation of resources and energy by combining water fixtures that consume 43% less water than code allowances, low-VOC furnishings, ‘Chilled sails’ to provide energy-efficient radiant cooling, recycled wood, and windows for ventilation. Glumac fixed a custom energy dashboard to display the current and previous energy usage, in order to make the workers conscious of energy usage, which enables identification of anomalies and trends of cooling, heating and control systems. Hence Glumac can make energy usage more efficient by making required system changes.