On Wednesday, the Portland Development Commission's board of commissioners will consider loaning $20.32 million to the Pacific Northwest College of Art for a renovation of the 511 Federal Building, at 511 N.W. Broadway. In early 2012, PNCA officials presented ambitious plans to convert the historic 134,000-square-foot forme
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A multiyear, $175 million effort to update the University of Portland is wrapping up with development of a modern recreation and wellness center able to fit architecturally in the 112-year-old campus.
The Urban Land Institute has named Portland Mayor Charlie Hales one of four fellows of its Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership. The yearlong fellowship program helps the mayors of four large U.S. cities tackle local land-use development challenges, and is intended to provide city leaders with peer-to-peer learning oppo
The 161-year-old Crescent Grove Cemetery Association announced that it is being sued by the Beaverton School District as part of a plan to take a piece of the nonprofit's property for construction of a new high school, according to Zupancic Rathbone Law Group
Skyline Interiors is putting the finishing touches on a tenant improvement at the Pittock Block building in downtown Portland for Fios, a DTI Company, which provides electronic discovery services for legal clients. The 20,000-square foot space was completely demolished and built back up with new partitions, framing, drywall
For the past few months the proposed design of a $65 million point tower in the Pearl District was a bit hazy. Last week it became a lot clearer.
Crews are preparing to break ground in the Lloyd District on a housing project 17 years in the making.
A San Francisco-based affordable housing developer already working on a project in the Pearl District may pursue one in Southeast Portland.
Tom Meyer is a founding principal of a Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, which contributed to Minneapolis riverfront redevelopment -- including creation of access to a waterfrall. He recently spoke about the experience during a meeting to gather feedback for the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.
The Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp has dismissed its lawsuit against the city of Portland.
A one-year-old multifamily building in Northwest Portland has sold to a local investor for $175,000 per unit.
Emerick Construction is wrapping up a tenant improvement on a ground floor space in the Jackson Tower building in downtown Portland for Bank of the West. Work on the project began in August with the demolition of floors and casework in the former retail space. Further work includes leveling of the floor, new framing and [..
Design/build firm Deform is performing a full build-out on a shell space on Southeast Division Street for Saint Honore, a bakery and café with locations in Northwest Portland and Lake Oswego. The 3,000-square foot space on the ground floor of a new mixed-use building includes new walls, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing
Siteworks Design | Build is performing a tenant improvement on a 4,000-square-foot space at 726 S.E. Sixth Ave. for Voicebox Karaoke Lounge. Work on the project includes construction of eight karaoke suites with custom benches, curved walls, and a 26-foot bar. Additional work includes new mechanical, electrical, and pl
R&H Construction is renovating a 4,200-square-foot space on the ground floor of the 1200 Building at 1200 S.W. 12th Ave. After finishing a complete rehabilitation of the ten-story affordable senior living home earlier this year, R&H are building a medical facility on the ground floor for the building’s residents.
Skyline Construction is wrapping up the renovation of Hennebery Eddy Architects’ office in the Pittock Block building in downtown Portland. The firm has added approximately 1500 square feet to their space, which now totals 7,244 square feet, and partitions have been removed to create open office space. Major work on the p
BnK Construction is performing a tenant improvement on a shell space at the Progress Ridge shopping center in Beaverton for craft beer sellers The Growlerie. Work on the 1,290-square-foot space includes installation of a walk-in cooler, new electrical and plumbing systems, installation of a restroom and office, and new fini
LMC Construction is renovating a 10,000-square-foot office building and connected 7,000-square-foot warehouse in Tualatin that will serve as the company’s new headquarters. Work on the project includes full interior demolition, installation of new partitions and skylights, a storefront door in the entry and a roll-up door
A long-vacant space adjacent to the Sizzle Pie pizza restaurant on East Burnside Street is being renovated into a bar and connected to the restaurant by Robert Coté Construction. Work on the 1,300-square-foot space includes demolition of a portion of the wall between the spaces, firming up of floor joists, new electrical a
General contractor SD Deacon is performing a tenant improvement on the fourth floor of the Alderway Building in downtown Portland for AppNexus, a New York-based software engineering firm. Work on the eight-week project includes two weeks of demolition to create open office space and installation of nine conference rooms, re
To create the latest Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill in Hillsboro, Scott | Edwards Architecture principal Jeff Hammond was tasked with eliminating evidence that the building was once part of an Italian restaurant chain. Replacement of tile roofing with metal, removal of Spanish style tiles, creation of a new entryw
To renovate the U.S. Bancorp Tower, GBD Architects director Kent Pottebaum knew the tricky part would be balancing modern aesthetics with designs from the 1970s and ’80s. “When you’re renovating an existing building your challenges are always: How do you design something that fits into that existing frame?
The Parker apartments weren't designed to be flashy. "We like to think of it as elegant and restrained," said Karl Refi, an associate with Portland-based FFA Architecture and Interiors Inc., which designed the project.
A visit to the Portland State University health center was eye-opening for Keith Whiting, a project architect with Portland-based Merryman Barnes Architects Inc. He noticed that the upper floor left students feeling so disoriented that they couldn’t find the dental clinic. “We’ve had kids holding their
Between brick and glass on the exterior of two buildings being constructed on Portland Community College‘s Cascade campus, a wood-like material pays homage to surrounding houses. “We wanted something that was a little softer and (could) relate to the neighborhood,” said Nick Hodges, an associ
When Jim Kalvelage helped design an expansion and renovation of Straub Hall on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, he wanted the project to get the building noticed. “It’s really sort of a found site,” said Kalvelage, a principal with Portland-based Opsis Architecture said. “Nobody real
As Brian Mares designed the Adrienne, a mixed-use building in the works in Tigard, he often referred back to a small sketch he drew of a pinwheel. “The whole thing was based on this pinwheel,” said Mares, a principal with Scott | Edwards Architecture. “When you have to make a (design) decision,
A sloping ceiling of the King County Library System‘s new branch in Federal Way, Wash., will cater to how the building straddles two extremes. On the side that faces a residential neighborhood, the roof will be lower to more closely match the heights of nearby houses, said Jane Hendricks, a principal with SRG P
The Jefferson Street Flats in Southwest Portland will pack apartments and subterranean parking into a sloping, oddly shaped lot. “The fact that we had parking underground in this building was a big challenge,” said Mike Corl, a principal with Vallaster Corl Architects PC. “We had to make everything
A former warehouse in Northeast Portland is being transformed into a training facility for the Portland Police Bureau. The complex will include two shooting ranges, a mat room for tactical training, classrooms and office space.