Standard Insurance Center

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Standard Insurance Center
Standard Insurance Center is located in Portland, Oregon
Standard Insurance Center
Location within Portland, Oregon
Former names Georgia-Pacific Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 900 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′01″N 122°40′42″W / 45.5169°N 122.6782°W / 45.5169; -122.6782Coordinates: 45°31′01″N 122°40′42″W / 45.5169°N 122.6782°W / 45.5169; -122.6782
Completed 1970
Owner Standard Insurance Company
Roof 111.86 m (367.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 29
Floor area 459,504 sq ft (42,689.3 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Structural engineer Glumac International (consulting)
Main contractor Andersen Construction Company

The Standard Insurance Center, originally the Georgia-Pacific Building, is a 27-story office building in Portland, Oregon. Completed in 1970, it currently serves as part of the headquarters of The Standard, the brand name under which Standard Insurance Company and other subsidiaries of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., do business. Standard also owns the 16-story Standard Plaza, located two blocks south along 5th Avenue.


The Georgia-Pacific Building was commissioned by Georgia-Pacific and designed by the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).[4][1] At the time of construction, it was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world. It was completed in 1970.[1][3]

When Georgia-Pacific left Portland, the Standard Insurance Company purchased the building, renamed it Standard Insurance Center, and removed all GP signage.


Standing 367 feet (112 m) tall, the tower contains 27 above-ground stories.[1] Valued at $114 million, the structure contains 459,504 square feet (42,689.3 m2) of space.[4] Built of concrete and steel, the tower is considered Modernist in style.[1] One major tenant is the Stoel Rives law firm, which leases the top nine stories at the building.[5] The building’s extensive woodwork provides an elegant reminding of the Georgia-Pacific past along with The Quest, an elaborate sculpture considered Portland’s largest single piece of white sculpted marble.[6]


The Standard believes healthy environments are fundamental to healthy communities by finding creative solutions to operate sustainably. The Standard employs a broad range of practices to contribute to the mantra ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ in its internal operations, in the operation and maintenance of its office buildings, and in the community. The Standard’s corporate sustainability objectives include recycling in the office, energy efficiency in the workplace and using green products and services.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Standard Insurance Center at Emporis
  2. ^ "Standard Insurance Center". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ a b Standard Insurance Center at Structurae
  4. ^ a b "900 SW 5th Ave - Downtown - Portland". PortlandMaps. City of Portland. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  5. ^ James Mayer (August 13, 2010). "Stoel Rives walks away from would-be Park Avenue West office tower". The Oregonian. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "900 SW 5TH PDX - The Standard Insurance Center". Standard Insurance Center. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  7. ^ "900 SW 5TH PDX - The Standard Insurance Center". Standard Insurance Center. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 

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