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PAE Living Building Approved in Portland

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission approved plans for a five-story office building that will be the city’s first certified-living building. The PAE Living Building is a proposed 58,700-square-foot mixed-use project in Portland’s Skidmore/Old Town Historic District.

Living Building Challenge certification requires net-zero water and energy efficiency. Energy needs will be met via on-site solar sources, while daylighting, triple-paned glazing and other features will save energy. Water features include tapping stormwater, and wastewater sources, as well as use of a 50,000-gallon cistern, composting toilets, and urine diversion for fertilizer generation.

The building design matches the district’s classic 19th century Italianate style, and will feature cross-laminated timber framing, textured brick veneer cladding, custom finished aluminum panels, and ground-level aluminum storefronts on retail space along Southwest First Avenue and Pine Street. Upper floors will contain office space.

The project team includes developer Gerding Edlen, PAE Consulting Engineers, which also claimed three floors, as well as ZGF Architects. Completion is anticipated in 2021.


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About Dennis Kaiser

Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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