PORTLAND, Ore., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Portland City Commissioner, Dan Saltzman, and Mark Eitzen, General Manager of Gunderson LLC, dedicated a 2,400 square foot habitat roof on Monday, July 23rd, at the Gunderson facility on Front Avenue. This accomplishment continues Gunderson's efforts to determine the habitat value that can be created on such roofs. The roof was fabricated and erected by Gunderson's workers and is almost two and a half times the size of the first such roof dedicated in June 2011.
Mark Eitzen commented, "This roof is expanding our knowledge of what we can do on-site to improve habitat and the quality of our stormwater discharge through use of habitat roofs. Our work here builds on the foundation of knowledge developed through the nationally recognized Ecoroof Program at the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES)."
The Gunderson habitat roof incorporates design information from the BES Ecoroof Handbook. The design and plantings of the roof also benefited from collaboration with the dedicated members of the local Greenroof Info Think-tank (GRiT).
Gunderson is leading the way in establishing habitat roofs in an industrial setting. Design and fabrication of a third habitat roof project is underway and will be the first to convert part of an existing structure. Gunderson will use their experience with the first three roofs to determine the feasibility of establishing habitat value on a portion of the 900,000+ square feet of existing roof area at the site.
Gunderson, located on a deepwater facility on the Willamette River, currently employs over 850 personnel. The Company recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary under Greenbrier ownership. Gunderson is an active participant in the Working Waterfront Coalition (WWC), an organization of businesses concerned about the environmental health and economic vitality of the Portland harbor.
About The Greenbrier Companies
Greenbrier, (www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars in its three manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at its U.S. facility. It also repairs and refurbishes freight cars and provides wheels and railcar parts at 40 locations across North America. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars and refurbishes freight cars for the European market through both its operations in Poland and various subcontractor facilities throughout Europe. Greenbrier owns approximately 9,000 railcars, and performs management services for approximately 218,000 railcars.
SOURCE The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBX); Gunderson