Internationally-recognized digital connectivity rating system honors U.S. Bancorp Tower as Best-in-Class technology destination
PORTLAND, Ore. (September 23, 2019) – Unico Properties LLC, a real estate investment and operating company, announced today that it has earned a rare Wired Platinum Certification from WiredScore for premier, in-building technology and connectivity at U.S. Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland. WiredScore is the only internationally-recognized platform that rates the infrastructure, connectivity and technology capacity of commercial buildings. U.S. Bancorp Tower is the first, the largest and the only multi-tenant, Class-A office building in Portland to earn WiredScore’s Wired Platinum designation.
Platinum Wired Certification represents the best-in-class standard of in-building connectivity, technology infrastructure, and readiness to adapt to emerging technologies. Located at 1111 S.W. 5th Avenue, the 1.2 million-square-foot, U.S. Bancorp Tower is Portland’s largest office building. Tenants at the building include U.S. Bank, New Relic, SurveyMonkey, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, and Digital Trends.
“Being a flexible, responsive and nimble landlord that continues to anticipate and meet the needs of our tenants is a priority for us,” said Brian Pearce, Unico Properties Executive Vice President of Real Estate Services. “We’re thrilled to be honored with this award-winning designation for further enhancing U.S. Bancorp Tower as a best-in-class technology destination.”
“Unico Properties stands out as an innovator in the Portland office market and clearly demonstrates a commitment to designing to best-in-class connectivity standards.”
The Empire State Building in New York City, the Willis Tower in Chicago, and the Shard in London are some of the world-class properties that have achieved this Platinum recognition. There are five Wired Certified buildings in Portland and 14 Wired Certified buildings throughout the Pacific Northwest, with U.S. Bancorp Tower being the only building to achieve a Platinum rating in Oregon. WiredScore has certified more than 1,800 buildings in 150 cities in six countries since 2013.
“Unico Properties stands out as an innovator in the Portland office market and clearly demonstrates a commitment to designing to best-in-class connectivity standards,” said WiredScore Senior Director of Business Development, North America, Phil Kanfer. “With Platinum Wired Certification, U.S. Bancorp Tower signals an ability to provide tenants with a productive, connected workplace.”
In pursuing Wired Certification, U.S. Bancorp Tower underwent a comprehensive certification process that evaluated the aspects of digital infrastructure that enable a seamless connectivity experience in which office tenants are able to stay online and maintain productivity levels. Upon review of the building’s technical elements, including internet service providers available to tenants, infrastructure redundancy, connection access points, and readiness to meet future tenant needs, a Wired Certification level is assigned based on the official standards developed by WiredScore and its connectivity advisory board with representatives from Google Fiber, Rudin Management, Arup, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Zayo Group.
About Unico Properties LLC
Unico Properties LLC, a subsidiary of Unico Investment Group LLC, is a commercial real estate investor, developer, and full-service operator focused on office and multifamily assets in emerging markets throughout the United States. Founded in 1953, Unico has been transforming the built environment by creating innovative, people-focused building experiences through a cadre of subsidiary companies that deliver boutique expertise and institutional execution for its own accounts and select third-party clients. The private equity real estate investment firm currently owns and operates 18 million square feet of commercial properties across the United States and continues to grow. For more information about Unico, please visit the firm’s website at https://unicoprop.com.
WiredScore is the organization behind Wired Certification, the internationally recognized digital connectivity rating system for commercial real estate that helps landlords design and promote buildings with powerful digital connectivity. Wired Certification champions cutting-edge technology in commercial real estate by providing the only certification for rating the infrastructure, connectivity and technological capacity of commercial buildings. WiredScore launched Wired Certification in 2013 in partnership with Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York; in October of 2017, an investment group led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Fifth Wall acquired the company’s majority share. In an increasingly tech-driven economy, connectivity is fast becoming the most critical factor for tenants when selecting office space. The widely recognized Wired Certification seal is a trusted symbol that identifies buildings that have been independently certified to provide the best-in-class connectivity infrastructure that businesses require to thrive. For more information on Wired Certification or to find Wired Certified buildings, visit: http://wiredscore.com/