The new nine-story, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters for Daimler Trucks North America, towers over its corporate campus located alongside the Willamette River in North Portland.  The project, named Daimler NOVA (short for innovation), a core value to the company), can’t be missed as you enter Swan Island.  It is a 270,000 SF office building to house over 1,000 employees, including eight floors of high-tech office space and conference rooms of all sizes, massive covered patios, a café, dining hall, among other employee amenities, and an ultra-impressive display lobby to show off their latest innovations and inspire more to come. The project also includes a separate 400,000 SF four-story parking garage situated nearby.

WPI performed a large variety of scopes of work including:  Exterior rainscreen wall system consisting of exterior framing, sheathing, insulation, weather barrier, and Terracotta cladding system; Interior gypsum board assemblies, firestopping and joint sealants, T&G wood canopies, composite wood cladding, raised access flooring, acoustical ceilings and clouds, Pinta direct-applied ceiling panels, wood ceilings, fabric wall panels, FRP, doors, frames, and hardware installation.

The European influence of the owner and design concepts continued to manifest in the material selections. Terracotta rainscreen cladding and Pinta ceiling panels from Germany, Parklex composite cladding from Spain, wood ceilings from Springfield (not sure if it is the one the Simpsons live in or the one in Oregon). This added another level of logistical challenges, making communication and tracking critical to execute the project’s demanding 10-month schedule.

For Daimler Trucks, the achievement of this project accommodates new positions for future business growth along with merging Daimler employees once separated in multiple office buildings across the city.  The NOVA project was committed from the start to innovation and sustainability, achieving a LEED Platinum certification.