Sappi Fine Paper

Location: South Portland

Architect: PDT

Photographer: Sandy Agrafiotis & Bernard Meyers

Sappi Fine Paper, by Wright-Ryan

A longtime client asked Wright-Ryan to renovate and expand a former bank service center into the North American headquarters for Sappi Fine Paper, one of the world’s largest paper companies. The office complex was situated in the Long Creek area of South Portland, an environmentally sensitive neighborhood with threatened wetlands. We first worked with the owner and the design team to implement a chamber storm water management system under the parking lot, then returned to complete a second phase that included using a pile foundation installed previously to avoid disturbing the tenants with future construction. Renovating and building office space can be routine, but Wright-Ryan is an expert at doing it within the confines of environmentally protected areas.