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Friday, May 3 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
The PAE Portland Living Building: Challenges of Developing a Living Building in an Investor-Driven Model

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PAE is a mechanical and electrical engineering firm that has helped design 23 Net Zero Energy and 7 Living Buildings, including the Bullitt Center and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center. The firm’s Seattle Office is located in the Bullitt Center and has experienced the benefits of working in a Living Building. When their Portland Office outgrew its space they needed to find a new home for their 150 Oregon employees. Building their own Living Building was their first choice. PAE partnered with ZGF Architects (who was also part of the RMI Innovation Center project), Gerding Edlen Development (GED), and Walsh Construction to make the project a reality.

The project is programmed as a roughly 55,000 square foot, 5-story office building in downtown Portland and is still in development. PAE, ZGF, Walsh and GED will have ownership stake, but the project is also pursuing outside investor and bank financing. The financial model is typical for speculative urban development – and this is what makes it unique among Living Buildings. Of the 61 Living Buildings currently certified, only one is a non-owner occupied commercial office: the Bullitt Center, which also houses the Bullitt Foundation headquarters. If the project can be brought to reality, it may be the first investor-driven Living Building and will present a replicable model for this common urban building type.

This session includes the developer, architect, and tenant/engineer for the project and will lay out not only the technical challenges, but also the financial implications of a Living Building as a real estate investment. The technical implications of Net Positive Energy and Net Positive Water are well understood. Net Positive goals lead towards buildings with very low energy and water use, and energy and water collection systems as well as waste-treatment equipment such as composters. Less widely appreciated by the technical community may be how these systems affect lease rates and operating expenses.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

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Marc Brune

PE, LEED AP, Principal, PAE
Marc is a mechanical engineer and Principal with PAE. He leads teams in passive, resilient, and net zero strategies with projects such as the Bullitt Center, Rocky Mountain Institute, The Kendeda Building, and the PAE Living Building. He is grateful to be part of a community working... Read More →
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Kathy Berg

Partner, ZGF Architects
Over the course of Kathy Berg's 20-year career, she has worked on master plans and detailed project programs, mixed-use districts, corporate offices, research and development facilities, athletic facilities, residential buildings, higher education facilities, and museums and art installations... Read More →
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Jill Sherman

Partner, Gerding Edlen
Jill leads Gerding Edlen's public-private partnerships and build-to-suit projects for non-profit & for-profit organizations, facilitating the important work of nonprofits and public agencies in our communities. She manages new business development and all predevelopment activities... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512