September 16, 2013
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced Friday that it intends to construct a new 265,000 square foot corporate headquarters building and parking garage on its Swan Island campus.
The campus will merge DTNA employees currently located in offices separated by the Willamette River and accommodate approximately 400 new positions in Portland that the company anticipates it will be needed in conjunction with future business growth.
“As we prepare for our future, our new headquarters building in Portland will position us for long-term business optimization and efficiencies while enhancing the employee experience in a contemporary, environmentally friendly and technically advanced facility,” says Martin Daum, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America.
DTNA says the company is placing a priority on creating an environmentally-conscious plan with the goal to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, the most prestigious certification available through the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, DTNA is working with the Port of Portland to significantly enhance the greenway that runs through the property along the Willamette River to promote better access and enjoyment by the public.
Architectural plans for the new headquarters will incorporate the latest technologies and features for increased operational effectiveness and enhanced employee experience, DTNA says. Aesthetically, the design will be aligned with contemporary Portland architecture and allow for public access to the riverfront. Design concepts for the new headquarters are currently in development in collaboration with a local architecture firm, Ankrom Moisan.
In addition, DTNA also launched its Daimler Education in Motion program, which benefits Portland metro area and Southwest Washington schools with more than $330,000 in donations and mentoring programs geared toward career development in engineering and manufacturing.
“There is a significant gap between available manufacturing jobs in Portland and the pool of skilled workers in Portland,” said Roger Nielsen, chief operating officer, Daimler Trucks North America. “By supporting today’s students to get ahead in science, technology, engineering, and math, we hope to encourage them to stay in school and prepare to pursue the rewarding careers available to them in manufacturing.”
Daimler’s Educational Outreach Program operates on the volunteer efforts of more than 50 DTNA employees who serve as Education Outreach Liaisons to 34 schools in the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington.