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Heavy Duty Trucking  /  April 19, 2016

Daimler Trucks North America Tuesday officially opened its nine-story headquarters building on its corporate campus in north Portland, Ore.

The headquarters project took two years to complete, beginning in April 2014 after a $150 million investment by DTNA. The 268,000-square-foot headquarter building will merge DTNA employees currently located in offices separated by the Willamette River. It will also accommodate new positions in Portland that the company anticipates it will need as business grows.

“As a leader in the industry with a reputation for high standards in engineering and sustainable practices, we felt it was important to have our headquarters campus reflect those values,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. “As one of Portland’s largest employers, we will now have a state-of-the-art work environment to inspire the great talent in our organization and to continue contributing to long-term prosperity in Portland.”

DTNA prioritized creating an environmentally conscious plan with the goal of achieving LEED Platinum Certification. LEED Platinum is the most prestigious certification available through the U.S. Green Building Council. DTNA expects to receive certification later this year.

"With the new headquarters building, Daimler achieved what only 1% of office buildings nationwide can claim: the design energy efficiency is sky high with an Energy Star score of 99 out of 100,” said Nicole Isle, chief sustainability strategist of Glumac, a sustainable design engineering firm focused on energy efficiency, water conservation, and improving the indoor occupant health.


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DTNA opens new headquarters in Portland

Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ)  /  April 19, 2016

After two years of construction, Daimler Trucks North America announced the opening of its new headquarters on its corporate campus along the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. DTNA committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly design elements in its $150-million building project, and company officials expect the new 268,000-sq. ft., nine-story building will receive LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council later this year.

“Portland is the root of our company,” said Martin Daum, DTNA president and CEO. “We were founded here in 1944, and I’m a strong believer that our company belongs in Portland.”

The new headquarters, which is intended to increase synergies among various business units and add capacity for future growth, is a reflection of DTNA’s production philosophy, said Daum, adding that the company’s unprecedented growth and success in the marketplace in recent years has allowed DTNA to reinvest in its headquarters.

“We’ve spent $556 million in research and development to make our plants and our products better every year,” said Daum. “That is what it takes to be the market leader. Today, four out of 10 trucks sold in North America carry our badge. As a leader in the industry with a reputation for high standards in engineering and sustainable practices, we felt it was important to have our headquarters campus reflect those values.”

Specific environmental and sustainable design characteristics of DTNA’s new headquarters put the building in the 99th percentile of all office buildings nationwide. Elements including onsite renewable energy, passive radiant heating and cooling, and window placement to maximize natural light generate energy savings equivalent to the energy use by 250 new homes.

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Daimler Trucks unveils sweeping, $150 million Swan Island headquarters

The Oregonian/OregonLive  /  April 19, 2016

It has all the trappings of a contemporary high-tech office: Open collaboration spaces, bright, sun-lit windows, video walls streaming social media, an expansive lawn overlooking the Willamette River – even bocce ball and ping pong.

And a massive Freightliner truck in the lobby.

The new, $150 million headquarters for Daimler Trucks North America bring some of the city's new tech ethos to its industrial heart on Swan Island.

"We are a high-tech company," said Daimler' Trucks' chief executive Martin Daum. "A truck these days has more technology than many gadgets."

The company traces roots to the 1940s, when Consolidated Freightways started making its own trucks in Portland. Daimler bought Freightliner in 1981 and now oversees that brand and three other lines of commercial vehicles.

Daimler Trucks' new, nine-story office will house 1,000 employees when it opens Monday, consolidating operations that had been spread around Swan Island and other parts of the city (though a few hundred remain just across the Willamette at an auxiliary site in Montgomery Park).

"It was overdue," Daum said. "We have so many people here, all over the place."

The new office is designed to bring the company's Portland staff together in a building that serves both as a recruitment tool and a productivity generator, encouraging employees to work together around living-room style coaches in front of tall windows that gaze out across a sweeping lawn, the river and Forest Park.

Oregon and the city of Portland, eager to hold onto a major employer and corporate headquarters, provided up to $20 million in incentives to finance the new facility and help train workers.  

Daimler's Portland manufacturing has ebbed over the years (it now makes the Freightliner brand in North Carolina and Mexico), and the company agreed to pay $2.4 million last year over allegations of racial and sexual sexual harassment at its remaining Western Star truck factory on Swan Island.

Employment has continued to grow in the corporate office, though, which Daum attributes to growth in the business as Daimler gains market share. He cited the addition of services to maintain vehicles for their first 500,000 miles and to sell "connected trucks" that spot mechanical problems before a breakdown and have parts ready the moment a truck arrives in the shop.

Daimler's former headquarters, which dates to the 1970s, will continue to house workers adjacent to the new building. Daum said the goal with the new building was to include timeless features and amenities that will make it attractive at least as long as the last building.

"For us, the vision was always that we have a building 40 years down the road," he said, "which is still a great building where you want to be."

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