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May 8, 2017

Interior Commercial • Oregon

Photo by Casey Braunger Designs & Photography
Western Partitions installed fabric wall panels, wood accents and other finishes.

Daimler Trucks North America Nova

Location: Portland

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: Ankrom Moisan

Team: Building Specialties, GTS Interior Supply, Spears Construction Supply, Armstrong World Industries, Cemco, Hamilton Drywall Products, Hilti, USG Building Systems

The new corporate headquarters for Daimler Trucks North America towers over the campus along the Willamette River in Portland.

The project, called Daimler Nova (short for innovation), is a 270,000-square-foot, nine-story office building housing over 1,000 employees, including eight floors of high-tech office space and conference rooms, covered patios, a cafe and dining hall, and a lobby displaying the latest innovations. There also is a separate 400,000-square-foot, four-story parking garage.

Western Partitions’ work included: an exterior rainscreen wall system; interior gypsum board assemblies; firestopping and joint sealants; tongue-and-grove wood canopies; composite wood cladding; raised access flooring; acoustical ceilings and clouds; Pinta direct-applied ceiling panels; wood ceilings; fabric wall panels; fiber-reinforced polymer panels; and doors, frames and hardware.

European-sourced materials added logistical challenges to the demanding 10-month schedule. The phrase “It’s on a boat” became all too familiar. The custom terracotta tile from Germany took 22 weeks to arrive. About 30 percent of the Pinta recycled glass tiles broke in transport. The Parklex wood paneling’s shipping container was randomly chosen for Homeland Security screening — twice!

Daimler Nova merged employees once scattered in multiple office buildings and allows for growth. The sustainable project achieved a LEED platinum certification.

Judge’s comment: “Creatively, this was a tremendous challenge in wall and ceiling design using a wide range of systems. The building stands high above its neighbors. Simply ... impressive.”

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