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Norm Thompson Corporate Headquarters

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Norm Thompson Corporate Headquarters

This photo illustrates the effective use of daylighting in the building's interior.


  • Location: Hillsboro, OR
  • Building type(s): Commercial office
  • New construction
  • 54,500 ft2 (5,060 m2)
  • Project scope: 2-story building
  • Completed September 1995
  • Rating: Portland General Electric (PGE) Earth Smart Certification

The Norm Thompson Headquarters is home to the clothing company's general administrative offices and the creative department for catalog production.

Considering the wetland site that was selected and Norm Thompson's history in the fly-fishing business, a timely suggestion was made that the theme "a river runs through it" would serve as a fitting metaphor for the building's design. The essence of the phrase evolved into meandering corridors with unmatched walls (reminiscent of a stream), canted non-parallel walls in the central hallway (a gorge), canted walls in the lobby (a lodge in the gorge), and CEO John Emrick's inspiration for the second-floor cabled railing above the lobby (a suspension bridge).

Environmental Aspects

The quest to create a "green" headquarters began in the Norm Thompson boardroom, where company owners outlined their criteria for environmental sensitivity and fiscal responsibility. Rather than construct their own building, Norm Thompson decided to lease a space. Trammel Crow, the actual owner, created a building that met Norm Thompson's needs.

Three primary objectives guided the building's design:

  1. Provide associates with a healthy, pleasant, and efficient place to work.
  2. Minimize impact on the environment (every decision from site to systems and materials passed environmental scrutiny).
  3. Achieve a target cost of $9.00 per square foot as an annual lease rate.

The building was sited to take advantage of views as well as to maximize daylighting potential. Other energy-saving strategies include a well-insulated building envelope, efficient electric lighting, and a heat-recovery ventilation system. Operable windows and an open office layout help to increase occupant access to fresh air. Materials with recycled content and low emissions of volatile organic compounds were used when possible.

The Norm Thompson building was the first to be certified "green" under Portland General Electric's Earth Smart program.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned by Trammell Crow Company, Corporation, for-profit
  • Occupants: Corporation, for-profit

Norm Thompson, Inc. is the tenant.

Building Programs

Indoor Spaces:

Data processing, Lobby/reception, Office

Outdoor Spaces:

Drives/roadway, Garden—decorative


Integrated team, Design charrette, Green framework, Green specifications, Commissioning, Wetlands, Indigenous vegetation, Stormwater management, Efficient irrigation, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Massing and orientation, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, Benign materials, Salvaged materials, Recycled materials, Local materials, Certified wood, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness, Low-emitting materials

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