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Phone: 503-823-7037




logoOtak is an international award-winning engineering, urban design, planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firm specializing in regional planning; public works; transit, residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use developments; and civic, institutional, and recreational projects. Founded in 1981, Otak draws upon the diversity of their in-house talents to find design solutions that are innovative, cost-effective, practical, and strengthen the community in which they appear.

Otak’s sustainability committee, Green Otak (GO), is comprised of senior-level representatives and provides an organizational framework for implementing actions and monitoring progress. Under the GO committee umbrella are three inter-office, inter-disciplinary focus groups—training, operations, and practice—that create goals, work plans, and budgets for each topic area and carry out projects and programs.


Gold Certification

  • Color copy paper contains 100% post-consumer recycled content, paper towels contain 100% recycled material, and regular copy paper contains 30% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Lunchroom is well stocked with sustainable dishware along with an ENERGY STAR-rated dishwasher and refrigerator.
  • IT team collects old and broken electronics for recycling.
  • Sustainable catering companies used for office lunches and events.
  • All cleaning supplies, tools, equipment, and techniques are Green Seal certified and Environmentally Preferred and meet standards set forth by the GS-42 Envrionmental Standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services.
  • Printers are centralized and double-sided printing is the default option for office computers.
  • Paperless invoicing is used wherever possible.
  • Office-wide composting.
  • Catalog Choice used to opt out of junk mail.
  • Office lighting is run by motion and daylight sensors and is primarily provided by fluorescent lighting.
  • Bike pump and emergency tire repair kit available to staff.
  • Approximately 80% of Otak's Portland staff use alternative modes of transportation for commuting.
  • Active and public transportation are encouraged for business trips. Car sharing programs are subsidized for business trips where active and public transportation options are not feasible.
  • Teleconference and videoconference technology used to minimize travel.
  • Otak’s Portland office has all office supplies delivered via cargo trike through B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery.
  • Otak has participated in EcoChallenge, BTA Bicycle Commuter Challenge, and Parking Day.


Staff in front of Otak office

B-Line delivery to Otak 


808 SW 3rd Ave Ste 300, Portland, OR 97204
503-287-OTAK (6825)

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