The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today that it has selected Snøhetta to lead in the master planning of their new 16-acre riverfront campus and develop a long-term vision for the future of the Portland, Oregon site.
The overall goal of the master plan will be “to provide a market-driven strategy that outlines the best economic and environmental uses of OMSI’s physical property while highlighting the museum’s work as a cultural touchstone, science education resource, and trailhead to connect the community to learning and skill-building opportunities that equip them for 21st century jobs.”
“We look forward to bringing the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry closer in connection to its place, people and visitors,” said Craig Dykers, Founding Partner of Snøhetta. “Together with the museum's administration, we will certainly see OMSI blossom into a place that is more resourceful and attractive in the years to come. Portland's future is intimately linked with the pursuit of education, a greater understanding of the sciences, and our relationship to the environment. To be a part of this journey together with OMSI is a rare opportunity to shape a larger component of society.”
Also announced were the key consultants that will work with Snøhetta on the project, including ECONorthwest, for economic and market-driven planning; Buro Happold for environmental sustainability and infrastructure design; Spencer Consultants for local planning strategy; DKS to consult on traffic and parking schemes; civil engineers KPFF; and landscape architects Mayer/Reed.
The OMSI master plan joins a series of planning projects currently helmed by Snøhetta in the Portland Metro Area, including the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City and the future home of the James Beard Public Market in Portland. The firm also partnered with The Center for Architecture in Portland earlier this summer to present its first full-scale exhibition of their work in North America, featuring sketches, renderings, and models.
"Portland remains one of the most inviting cities in America,” said Michelle Delk, Partner and Director of Landscape Architecture with Snøhetta. “After many years of industrialization, the city is awakening to its waterfront and natural surroundings more than ever before. The city’s food culture, social activities and environmental initiatives are helping create a new attitude along the waterfront, and OMSI's new Master Plan will contribute to the exciting and evolving character of the city and state."
Work on initial planning concepts will begin this month and will continue into the spring of next year. Input from surrounding communities and OMSI members will be gathered at a series of future feedback meetings.