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Joint Forces HQ Wins National Design-Build Award

The Major General George White Headquarters in Salem, Oregon, demonstrates that a joint forces building can be seismically safe, secure, sustainable – and award-winning. This month, the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) awarded the project a National Design-Build Merit Award, also making it eligible for a National Award of Excellence!

SERA partnered with Fortis Construction on this building, which serves the Oregon Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, and will act as an emergency response command center during crises in Oregon.

DBIA honored the project for a design that met the Oregon Military Department’s strictly-defined security and sustainability standards, while also easing the cultural shift toward a more modern workplace. Counter to the vision of a high-security concrete mass behind barbed-wire, the headquarters is amply glazed, with a glass-walled lobby. Incorporating natural barriers removed the need for fencing.

Perhaps the biggest achievement of the project was helping the organization achieve greater transparency and collaboration. The open-office scheme centralizes enclosed offices and democratizes access to light and views, and is a welcome change for staff members accustomed to bunker-like facilities.

In addition to being delivered on time and within budget, the project is pursuing LEED Gold certification, which will save the client money over the life of the building. Truly a win for everyone!

Congratulations to the SERA-Fortis team!

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