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In Detail: Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Modernization

Continuing our coverage of the 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten green projects, this article is part of a series of 10 pieces that examine a specific, defining design challenge or innovation of each of this year's winners. It was an unprecedented challenge: convert Portland, Ore.’s Edith Green–Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building—a 40-year-old, 18-story energy hog—into a showcase that could rival today’s most energy-efficient new office towers. Led by Portland-based SERA Architects and Cutler Anderson Architects in Bainbridge Island, Wash., the team succeeded, in large part due to the radical decision to re-skin the entire building. The process involved removing the precast concrete façade and installing a high-performance glass curtainwall. The building’s fresh new face reduces solar heat gain, tightens the building’s seal, and radiates sustainability. The team knew early in the pr...

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