World Trade Center (Portland)

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World Trade Center (Portland)

Portland , OR 97204
United States
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The World Trade Center is a three-building office complex in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. The main building, One World Trade Center, is a 17-story office tower that is the fifth-largest office tower in Portland with 474867sqft. Completed in 1977, One World Trade Center is tall and is topped by a heliport. The complex is operated by the World Trade Centers Association and is the headquarters for Portland General Electric. There is also a 220-seat theater, known as the World Trade Center Auditorium.HistoryPortland General Electric began construction in 1975 on a three-building, $32 million complex to be known as the Willamette Center. Located between Front and Second avenues, and Taylor and Yamhill streets in Downtown Portland, the 873000ft2 complex was scheduled to open in January 1977. Plans originally called for construction of an outdoor ice skating rink at the complex. The five-story building in the complex was completed in 1976. More of the $54 million complex was opened by March 1977. In addition to being the headquarters of PGE, other initial tenants included the local offices of International Paper and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.PGE was forced to sell the building in 1978 to American Property Investors and then lease back the space. The Oregon Public Utility Commission determined PGE could not bill customers for the expense of building the complex. In 1985, PGE launched a study to determine if a World Trade Center should be established in Portland, but a location had not been determined. The Oregon Legislature passed a bill in 1987 to establish the Oregon Trade and Marketing Center, which was to be housed in the Willamette Center. The Willamette Center was renamed as the World Trade Center in 1988 when the Oregon Trade and Marketing Center moved into the building, and was also renovated.

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