Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Support Facility / Skylab Architecture

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Located in Portland, , the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Support Facility will provide offices for the Bureau of Environmental Services engineering and construction management staff. Designed by Skylab Architecture with the intent of fostering collaboration, the new 11,490 square-foot building will blend open office and shared workspaces with small meeting spaces and large conference rooms, video conference areas, and a training facility. The building is designed to be certified at the LEED Gold level, a result in part due to the City of Portland’s Building Policy. More images and architects’ description after the break.

MeasuringUP Symposium

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Presented by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, the MeasuringUP symposium is dedicated to advancing regional knowledge and efforts for environmentally responsive architecture. Taking place May 10-11 on the State University campus, the event sets out to discuss the following questions: Are green buildings in use measuring up to their targets? What role do building occupants play in the discussion of performance? How can research in buildings inform and improve design practice? And how can successful strategies be replicated at a larger scale? More information on the event after the break.

‘Toward a Nomadic Architecture’ Exhibition

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Opening this Saturday, February 18th, from 6pm-8pm at the STORE gallery in Pioneer Place, the ‘Toward a Nomadic Architecture’ Exhibition will be taking a look at the nomadic movements of different cultures. Centered around an academic course on the topic of nomadic architecture, students at Portland State University’s Department of Architecture, their research and investigations have led them to the presented work which can be seen in their exhibition. More information on the event after the break.

Architect Gilles Saucier to Speak at Portland State University

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Portland State University’s Department of Architecture recently announced that architect and professor will deliver the third presentation in their inaugural lecture series, titled “Firsts,” given by the department. Saucier is currently a design partner of Saucier + Perrotte Architects in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and an invited professor and critic at a number of Canadian and American universities, most recently at MIT in 2011.Saucier will speak on Thursday, February 23, at 7pm, at Shattuck Hall Annex on the Portland State University campus. These lecture series, which are free to the public, explore the concepts of origins and beginnings, long a subject of interest among architects. More information on the event after the break.

Bud Clark Commons / Holst Architecture

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Architects: Holst Architecture
Location: , Oregon
Project Team: John T. Holmes, Jeffery Stuhr, Dave Otte, Kim Wilson, Cory Hawbecker, Katie Decker
Developer: Home Forward
Contractor: Walsh Construction
Project Year: 2011
Budget: $29 million
Project Area: 106,000 sqm
Photographs: Sally Schoolmaster, Christian Columbres


KA-CHING: New Thoughts on the Value of Green

Harpoon House, a simple efficient home in that’s expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The 28-foot tall home has one bedroom, one bathroom, a root cellar, and a roof garden. Photo by Matt Kirkpatrick at

PORTLAND–A recent study by Portland-based Earth Advantage Institute reveals that Energy Star and LEED certification for new and existing homes not only saves money but might also raise resale value. The study, conducted over four years in the six-county Portland metropolitan area, found that newly constructed homes with third-party certifications for sustainability and energy efficiency sold for 8% more on average than non-certified homes, and existing homes with certifications sold for 30% more. A similar study was also conducted Seattle, showing 9.6% price premium with certification. While the results are inconclusive, they are compelling.

From the Washington Post Writers Group VIA Los Angeles Times:

Simon and Helen Director Park / OLIN


Landscape Architect: OLIN
Location: , Oregon,
Architect: ZGF
Project Team: Laurie Olin, FASLA
Consultants: Mayer/Reed, KPFF Consulting Engineers, SOLARC Architecture and Engineering, Interface Engineering, Benya Lighting Design, Tad Savinar, CMS Collaborative, Corson Studios, Karen Whitman Projects
Project Area: 22,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: ZGF, Eckert & Eckert

Portland State University Department of Architecture 2011-2012 Lecture Series

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The Department of Architecture at Portland State University proudly announces its inaugural lecture series, titled ‘Firsts.’ The series spans the 2011-2012 academic year, beginning October 6, with presentations by six notable academics, artists and professionals in architectural practice worldwide: Petra Kempf, John Ochsendorf, Gilles Saucier, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth and Paul Pfeiffer.

The concepts of origins and beginnings, long a subject of interest among architects, will be explored throughout the series of lectures. As the Greek word Arche (meaning ‘first cause’) is at the root of the word architecture, the guest lecturers will discuss their own ‘first causes’—the spark that led them to follow their career path—as part of their presentations. The lectures in the series begin at 7pm in the Shattuck Hall Annex at (at SW Broadway and Hall Streets) and are free to the public.

More information on the lecture series after the break.

Symbiotic Districts: Towards a Balanced City

ZGF Architects and PoSI teamed up to provide a concept submission for the International Living Future Institute’s 2011 Living City Design Competition which has been recently awarded a People’s Choice Award voted by the attendees of the Living Future 2011 conference.

Their submission entitled Symbiotic Districts: Towards a Balanced City explores the symbiosis between five EcoDistricts in Portland, as well as regional systems and examines how strategies in a single district contribute to the city’s overall performance.

Competition Team: ZGF Architects, Portland Sustainability Institute, CH2M Hill, David Evans and Associates, Greenworks PC, Newlands and Company, Inc., Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and Sparling

Portland State University to host International Symposium on Projected Light

The International Symposium on Projected Light will be hosted by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University on April 9th. The second annual symposium, ‘Illuminated City: A Light with Content Symposium’, will explore the experiential, spatial, technical, political and interactive qualities of projected light media.

Speakers include Leni Schwendinger, Thomas Schielke, Ali Momeni, Urban Screen, and Spitball Media. The symposium, chaired by Assistant Professor Jeff Schnabel, will include light installations on campus and in galleries featuring the work of designers, artists and students.

Wieden+Kennedy Headquarters / Allied Works Architecture

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The site for this project was within an abandoned warehouse that fills a city block. This allowed the Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency to occupy a single building for the first time in many years. The original 1908 building formed a solid, five-story masonry mass with little light – a perforated box filled with a gridwork of heavy timber and quartered by cruciform masonry walls.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: Allied Works Architecture
Location: 224 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, ,
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil, Kyle Lommen, John Weil, Chris Bixby, Paul Kinley, Jeff Lee, Jake Freauff, Lorraine Guthrie, Brian Malady
Client: Wieden+Kennedy
Photographs: Courtesy of Allied Works Architecture

bSIDE6 / Works Partnership Architecture

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Architects: Works Partnership Architecture
Location: 524 East Burnside Street, , Oregon,
Structural engineer: DCI Engineers
Project area: 26,737 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Stephen A. Miller

tandemDUO / Works Partnership Architecture

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Architects: Works Partnership Architecture (W.PA)
Location: , Oregon, USA
Client/Project: tandemDUO
Project area: 5,382 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Bruce Wolf,

Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter

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This residential renovation by Atelier Waechter transformed an existing 1947 single story Cape Cod style house into a compact and functional 1,400 sqf modern dwelling.  Simple clean lines, each level of the new house has a distinct character to meet the needs of the new inhabitants.  Cape Cod received a 2010 AIA Portland Built Merit Award.

Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.

Architects: Atelier Waechter
Location: , , USA
Builder: Prutting and Co.
Structural Engineer: Munzing Structural Engineering
Owner: Lola Oyibo & Eric Boardman
Project Area: 1,400 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sally Schoolmaster

Z-Haus / Atelier Waechter

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With a design strategy to maximize outdoor living space and minimize building footprint, the Z-Haus, winner of 2010 AIA Portland Design Award – Built Citation, consists of two attached row houses constructed on a 50’ x 100’ urban infill lot.  Atelier Waechter thoughtfully designed each house, made up of 6 rooms that are offset at every half story and smoothly joined by a series of half flight stairs.  More photographs and drawings of this award winning project following the break.

Designer: Ben Waechter

Location: Portland,

Structural Engineer: Froelich Consulting Engineers

Builder: Owner Builder

Owner: Ben Waechter & Daria Crymes

Project Area: 2,800 sqf (each unit)

Project Year: 2008

Photographs: Stephen Miller

200-Foot-High Green Wall Possibility for Portland Federal Building

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We’ve featured lots of sustainability driven projects on AD that implement passive systems, eco-friendly materials, and roofs.  But this government building in , Oregon has completely overshadowed any wall we’ve seen thus far.  Tim Newcomb for Architectural Record reported that a 200-foot-high living wall may be tacked onto the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building.

More about the potential 200 foot living wall after the break.

Whelton Architecture wins Portland Firefighters Memorial Competition

Portland Fire and Rescue in partnership with Portland State University’s School of Architecture today announced the winner of a competition to design the Firefighters Memorial. After an eight month, two-stage competition with input from firefighters and the general public, the selection committee members unanimously selected the design by Aaron Whelton / Whelton Architecture as the competition winner.

The Portland Firefighters Memorial will be located on the east bank of the Willamette River adjacent to Fire Station no. 21 and directly across from downtown Portland. Whelton Architecture’s design establishes two discernable experiential zones: at the ground level, low horizontal stone benches and walls are rooted into the earth; and in the sky, tall vertical lanterns gently sway overhead. These elements are organized across the memorial field in a series of parallel lines whose overall figure is greater than any one individual mark.

More images and architect’s description after the break.