PORTLAND, Ore., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Commissioner Dan Saltzman presided over the dedication of Gunderson LLC's new Habitat Roof pilot project yesterday morning at its Portland manufacturing site on NW Front Avenue. The 1,000 square foot roof is believed to be the first of its kind in the surrounding industrial area and will be used to study the feasibility of creating habitat value on such roofs. The roof was fabricated and erected by Gunderson employees and received its inspiration from Bureau of Environmental Services activities in this area.
Mark Eitzen, general manager and vice president of Gunderson LLC, said, "We could not have completed the project without guidance from the Ecoroof Program at the Bureau of Environmental Services and the accelerated building permit process facilitated by the Bureau of Development Services, which allowed us to take advantage of the current growing season. Technical assistance was received from the dedicated members of the local Greenroof Info Think-Tank (GRiT). We are excited to help lead the way in measuring habitat value created by such roofs and hope to apply the lessons learned to the 900,000+ square feet of existing roof at Gunderson."
In his dedication presentation, Commissioner Saltzman said, "We are happy that our bureaus could support this positive example of promoting improvement in the environment and supporting business objectives at Gunderson. We hope that we can continue working together to create many more such opportunities at Gunderson and elsewhere at industrial sites."
Gunderson will commence construction on the second phase of the pilot project this summer. The second phase will be approximately 2.5 times larger than the first phase.
About Gunderson LLC
Gunderson, located on a deepwater facility on the Willamette River, currently employs over 700 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, Inc.
Greenbrier (NYSE: GBX), (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 37 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 216,000 railcars.
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