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  • Nov 19, 2015

    T5@Portland Grand Opening

    The Grand Opening Ceremony, Ribbon Cutting and Open House was held to celebrate Comcast and T5 Data Centers' new T5@Portland Data Center in Hillsboro, Oregon. Representation from the City of Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, T5 Data Center, Comcast and Fortis Construction were on hand to celebrate the occasion. 



    About T5@Portland

    Portland is one of the fast-rising, sought after data center markets in the United States, due to its tax advantages, low cost and clean source of power, limited natural disaster risk, strong network connectivity, available skilled labor and low cost of doing business.

    T5@Portland is a brand new, purpose-built data center offering concurrently maintainable infrastructure designed to support flexible data hall sizes and densities. Tenants will have secured data halls and will be in complete control of their applications and servers. Turn key and powered shell space available.

    The facility offers:

    Two independent buildings on purpose built data center campus
    18.0 MW of critical power delivered in phases
    LEED Silver design anticipated
    Significant Sales and Property tax savings available
    Secure/autonomous Data Halls
    Power densities available from up to 300 watts per square foot.
    Highly efficient mechanical systems with annualized PUE of 1.30
    Hardened building shell, exceeding all current seismic requirements
    (important factor of 1.5g)
    Overall facilities size 200,000+ square feet with office/support

    For more information on the T5@Portland Data Center and T5 Data Centers visit:

  • Oct 07, 2015

    LEED Gold in Seattle

    "Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge. While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Fortis Construction are addressing it through local solutions.”

    - Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council

    Fortis Construction has achieved LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification with this large professional services firm office in Seattle's US Bank Centre. The 40,000-square-foot, multi-floor office was built out over six months, with construction concluding in early 2015.

    The workplace provides extensive open-office space, collaboration and meeting environments, various amenities and a connecting stair. In more detail, the firm’s new office includes a large flex space that can be used for entertaining, training and hoteling workstations. Moveable walls allow the space to adjust to the specific needs of these functions. Also, adjacent to this flex space is a dedicated training center. This juxtaposition to the flex space combined with the moveable-wall system allows the training center to more than double in size, as needed.

    In addition to the large flex space and training center, the office includes an extensive range of conference, meeting and breakout spaces to support the firm’s overall young and highly mobile workforce. These spaces accommodate a range of group sizes and work styles: barstool-like seating at windows provides solitary workspace with a view; open-area bench seating with dry-erase boards and large monitors allow for impromptu, mid-size team meetings; and dedicated conference rooms allow for large, private meetings with videoconferencing support.

    Also catering to the mobile workforce, this Seattle office is supported by a dedicated Business Center, IT Customer Support Center, Service Hub and Interactive Café. Detailed wayfinding/signage and a centrally located connecting stair ensure that support areas can be efficiently accessed by both Seattle-based staff as well as the unfamiliar traveling staff member and visiting client. Other amenities include a breakout gaming space, large kitchen and a break room with a small kitchen and coffee bar. 

    To provide a Seattle-specific look and feel while aligning with the large professional service firm’s corporate standards, Fortis completed numerous customs installations ranging from Chihuly art displays and regionally named conference room signage to coffee-bean infused glass panels and locally salvaged reclaimed wood elements. Also, to take advantage of the 360-degree views from the 27th and 28th floors, these custom details and the overall office layout combine to give emphasis to the exceptional sightlines to the Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Mount Rainier, Olympic Mountain Range and Puget Sound.

  • Sep 14, 2015
    Fortis Envisioned Future Process

    Fortis Envisioned Future Process

    Fortis Construction is committed to building an enduring organization. To do so, we are establishing a foundation based upon Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. The following video highlights Envisioned Future work sessions from the Fortis 2015 company retreats.  

    FORTIS ENVISIONED FUTURE from Fortis Construction on Vimeo.

  • Sep 02, 2015

    Fortis and Facebook to Build a Third Data Center in Prineville, Oregon

    Fortis Construction, Inc. will be working for the third time in Prineville, Oregon, with Facebook to deliver what will be the largest Facebook Data Center at the location. The project ensures a $200M+ economic impact for Central Oregon. 

    To learn more about the project, read the following Bend Bulletin article and official Facebook post below:

    The official post by Facebook’s West Region Director of Data Center Operations, Ken Patchett...

    Five years ago, Facebook broke ground on its first wholly owned data center in Prineville. We’re proud to be a part of this wonderful Crook County community, and to have built one of the most energy efficient and sustainable data centers in the world here. It has served as a prototype for our four subsequent data centers in Forest City, Lulea, Altoona and, soon, Fort Worth.

    Now, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be constructing our third data center building in Prineville, which will represent an additional capital investment in excess of $200 million.

    We expect that data center construction will continue to support thousands of jobs in the regional economy and generate millions of dollars in economic impact as an ECONorthwest study we commissioned last year showed:

    Today, there are 147 people working here – with 85% living in Crook County. Our goals in both construction and the operation of Facebook’s data center in Prineville have always been to make Prineville a priority, be a great neighbor, and assist with the area’s economic development.

    Building 3 will feature the latest Open Compute Project hardware designs — including Yosemite, Wedge, and 6-pack — and, like our other buildings, will be cooled using our cool Central Oregon high desert air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners.

    Our appreciation goes to the City of Prineville, Crook County and the State of Oregon for their support, with deep thanks to the City Council and County Commission, and Mayor Betty Roppe and Judge Mike McCabe; Senators Wyden and Merkley and Congressman Walden; and Representative Mike McLane, Senator Mark Hass and Governor Kate Brown.

    We’re also investing in Crook County and the community where we work: Since 2011, Facebook has donated $1,065,000 to Crook County schools and qualified nonprofits through its Community Action Grants program and local donations, including the support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. We’re also enjoying volunteering in our schools and more.

    Again, thank you to Prineville and Crook County, for all your support.


  • Aug 31, 2015

    Fortis Receives the Safety PRIDE Award for the Third Consecutive Year

    For three years in a row, Fortis has been honored with the Safety Program Recognition Indicating Dedication & Excellence (PRIDE) Award by the Associated General Contractors of America—Oregon Columbia Chapter. Stated by the AGC, Safety PRIDE recipients are members who demonstrate safety excellence in our industry.

    "To me, PRIDE (a Fortis core value) means people are able to do their work smoothly, with enjoyment and are able to return home safely to their families each and every day, having learned something and having conducted their business honorably and with excellence."

    ~Fortis Safety Manager Demetra Star


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