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Daimler breaks ground on new HQ

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber(left) and Portland mayor Charlie Hales (right) watch as Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO Martin Daum throws the ceremonial first shovel of dirt in the construction of the company's new Swan Island headquarters.
Daimler Trucks North America has begun construction of its new $150 million headquarters on Swan Island with a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday. DTNA president and CEO Martin Daum was joined by Governor John Kitzhaber and Mayor Charlie Hales to throw the first shovels full of dirt.

A 265,000 square-foot building will bring together employees that are now scattered across several offices and allow for future growth. The company plans to add another 400 employees to its Portland work force.

The new facilities are to “shape the future of North American transportation right here, out of Portland,” said DTNA President and CEO Martin Daum. Daimler currently employs 2,800 workers in Portland, including 800 in engineering and another 800 in the Portland truck plant.

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO Martin Daum speaks at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the company's new headquarters. They're spending $150 million on the 265,000 square-foot building.

In addition to the headquarters building, the project includes opening a greenway trail along the Willamette River and construction of a parking garage. The company has partnered with Ankrom Moisan for the architectural design and Hoffman Corporation for construction. The building is being designed to achieve LEED Platinum designation.

Demolition contractors recycled 96 percent of the material from the former Ports O’Call buildings on the site. Demolition has been completed, and soon crews will begin driving 8 linear miles of steel pilings to support the new structure. Project completion is expected in early 2016.

Daimler will receive nearly $20 million in public incentives for the project including urban renewal funds and property tax breaks.

“This is how it’s done,” said Hales. “You have to be able to build partnerships with responsible corporate citizens who believe in this place, and Daimler does.”