DTNA opens new headquarters in Portland

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Updated Apr 20, 2016
Daimler Trucks North America’s new corporate headquarters building in Portland, Ore.Daimler Trucks North America’s new corporate headquarters building in Portland, Ore.

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.