LEEDING THE WAY

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PREM Group sets the standard for eco-conscious practices in the Pearl.

You can see it with just a cursory glance around the Pearl District— inventively readapted historic buildings, smartly designed contemporary towers, verdant pocket parks, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. This dynamic neighborhood enthusiastically embraces environmentally conscious practices.

PREM Group (351 NW 12th Ave, 503-224-1460), which stands for Pacific Real Estate Management, has been at the forefront of this effort to turn the Pearl into one of the country’s most successful contemporary mixed-use urban districts.

“We’ve been a part of its growth and transformation, and we feel deeply connected to this special part of Portland.”

An early green proponent, PREM became one of the first tenants in the bustling Brewery Blocks, which were developed in 2001–2002. This lively campus includes a variety of trendy retailers and businesses, such as Whole Foods and M Financial Group. PREM stepped in to provide critical operations and management services. It’s a role the company continues to fulfill—for both commercial and residential properties.

“We’re focused on customer service and keeping properties safe, secure, and well-maintained,” says Jacob Johnson, PREM’s president, who purchased the company in 2001.

Headquartered inside a two-story converted warehouse, PREM employs a diverse staff of nearly 70, including one employee doggedly committed to his job: Bennett, a Pekinesepoodle mix who assists in reception.

The Casey Condominium

The company’s eco-friendly policies have earned it a spot on Oregon Business magazine’s ranking of the state’s “100 Best Green Workplaces.” The first Oregon company to become certified in the B Corp program, PREM also provides property-management services to the sleek Casey residence, the nation’s first high-rise condominium to earn LEED Platinum certification.

Beyond promoting sustainability, PREM provides a fun environment for employees and gives back to the community. The company throws a First Thursday party April through October, turning the event over to a different charity each time. June’s charity fundraiser is for Our House of Portland (ourhouseofportland.org), which assists lower-income persons affected by HIV/AIDS.

“The Pearl feels like our home,” says Larry Jackson, PREM general manager. “We’ve been a part of its growth and transformation, and we feel deeply connected to this special part of Portland.” —Michaela Bancud

Photos of Prem Group and the Casey condominium courtesy of the Prem Group

 

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