Berg Delivers a High-Rise Class “A” Office Tower

San Francisco-based Shorenstein Realty Services, L.P. broke ground in September 2007 on the 17-story First & Main Class “A” Office Tower to deliver the much-needed space due to economic growth and a ripening demand.

From its first-floor base—which features an inviting lobby with seating, retail space and restaurants—the tower soars to 17 stories, including the mechanical penthouse. To serve commuter needs, the progressive project offers not only three stories of underground parking, but also includes a bicycle hub providing secure bike storage and shower facilities on the ground floor.

The Hoffman Construction/Berg team completed nearly 20 projects together, including Portland’s Lewis and Clark Law Library, as well as the Coffee Creek and Snake River Correctional Facilities. First & Main also reunited members of Hoffman Construction and Berg personnel from two local high-rise projects—The 31-story John Ross and The 16-story Casey.

“Just in Time” Delivery Drives Construction

Urban construction sites pose challenges with limited laydown area, materials storage and space to park equipment—and Portland was no exception. Under the direction of general contractor Hoffman Construction, Bergelectric orchestrated “just in time” delivery of materials that required precision scheduling and coordination to minimize disruption to the surrounding community. Berg’s detailing department played a vital role in the massive amount of bus duct throughout the 350,000-s.f. office tower, which required meticulous detailing to ensure the correct fit and to facilitate synchronization with other trades.

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Going for the Gold—Green Building Gets Better

The new tower was designed by Portland-based GBD Architects, a firm that has been locally and nationally acknowledged for its positive stance in rehabilitating urban areas, as well as its commitment to environmentally-appropriate design solutions for nearly four decades. Over the course of the 28-month construction schedule, the electrical team collaborated with the owner, designers and general contractor in the pursuit of a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. GBD Architects worked in conjunction with the design team that includes electrical engineer PAE to offer green strategies, which included making the building 25% more energy efficient than required by code and as well as minimizing light pollution—both requirements of a LEED Gold rating.

365,000-square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$4.2 Million

January 2008 – December 2010

Delivery Method


Other Team Members
Hoffman Corp.
GBD Architects
PAE Consulting Engineers

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