Weekly Roundup: Portland Building, Architecture Employment, HB 2001, and more

Portland Building
A report by the City Auditor was critical of aspects of the Portland Building rebuild.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about how architecture and engineering employment continues to surge*, with firms such as SERA, LRS and ZGF now significantly larger than they have been in the past.

The Oregonian reported on an audit that found that the cost of the Portland Building rebuild was obscured by creative accounting.

A load of falsework props spilled at the 140 SW Columbia construction site, reports the Oregonian. There were no injuries.

As the 2019 legislative session draws to a close, HB 2001 is likely to reach the floors of the House and Senate in the next week, reports OPB. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Tina Kotek, would legalize duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes in cities across Oregon.

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Metro Reports: Toyoko Inn, Wild Ginger Apartments, 7438 N Oswego, and more

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers June 3rd to June 9th, 2019.

Design Advice has been requested for the Toyoko Inn at SW 3rd & Oak:

Development of Toyoko Inn economy hotel with approximately 600 rooms.

Early Assistance has been requested by Benner Stange Associates Architects for a project at 7438 N Oswego Ave:

New 18-unit, 2-story apartment building (to meet community design standards). Two drywells for storm water. They will be using amenity bonuses per 33.120.265.

A project at 1408 N Kilpatrick St has been submitted for a Pre-Permit Zoning Plan Check by R & B Design Studio:

Building 2 of 2, to be built on east 8,343 SF portion of site. Three story, 18 affordable housing units. Associated with entire site utility/grading permit 18-280322-UTL-01-CO and to be reviewed concurrently with Building 2 MT permit. For stormwater disposal methods, please see stormwater management plan attached.

A building permit was issued to Doug Circosta Architect for the Wild Ginger Apartments at 220-250 SE 143rd Ave:

New 60 unit 100% affordable housing apartment complex in 5 buildings. Building 100 12 new apartment units, short term bicycle parking and covered porch, includ

New 60 unit 100% affordable housing apartment complex in 5 buildings. Building 200 12 new apartment units

New 60 unit 100% affordable housing apartment complex in 5 buildings. Building 300 18 new apartment units and short term bicycle parking

New 60 unit 100% affordable housing apartment complex in 5 buildings. Building 400 12 new apartment units

New 60 unit 100% affordable housing apartment complex in 5 buildings. Building 500 6 new apartment units, trash enclosure and laundry, and long-term bike parking.

A building permit was issued for a project at 475 NE 74th Ave:

Construct new 3 story (12) unit apartment building with associated site work

Modera Morrison Receives Design Advice (images)

Design Advice has been offered on the Modera Morrison, a 7-story building being designed by SERA Architects for Mill Creek Residential Trust. The project would include approximately 245 units, with two levels of below grade parking.

The building will be subject to the city’s inclusionary housing rules, which require the provision of affordable housing or the payment of a fee-in-lieu.

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Guest Post: Golf Courses and Green Spaces

This is a guest post, republished from Plan Design Xplore with permission.

Over the last week, news stories in The Oregonian and the Portland Tribune have raised the issue of Portland’s public golf courses’ financial insolvency. It so happens that we’ve been mulling over the idea of redeveloping these properties for some time. As golf declines in popularity, redevelopment is becoming increasingly attractive to cities nationwide.

All else being equal, we’d rather not see these places change. But larger forces are gathering and so we’re putting this proposal out there to frame the inevitable discussion around the things we believe are necessary to preserve livability: visual continuity, public ownership, tree preservation, public green space, and of course, beauty.

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Weekly Roundup: OMSI Masterplan, Lloyd Center, Jefferson Station, and more

The OMSI masterplan envisions realigning SE Water Avenue to run along the perimeter of the site.

As much as 2 million square feet of development in the Central Eastside is proposed as part of the OMSI Masterplan, reports the Oregonian—the equivalent of two U.S. Bancorp Towers. The masterplan went in front of the Design Commission for its first Design Advice Request meeting last week.

The Broadway Corridor Masterplan also had its first Design Advice Request meeting. Commissioners praised “the change it would bring to the area but [took] issue with the intended use of the city’s Green Loop,”* according to the Daily Journal of Commerce.

The Business Tribune published an interview with outgoing Lloyd Center manager Bob Dye. Work is set to start soon on the Lloyd West Anchor Remodel, which will include a Live Nation venue. The center recently presented revised plans for the Lloyd East Anchor Remodel to the Design Commission.

The Willamette Week reported that the cost of building new schools and affordable housing could rise under the Portland Clean Energy Fund, due the fact that large construction companies are being classified as “retail businesses.”

The Business Tribune spoke to 10 food carts about their plans for where they will go after construction starts on Block 216. The Oregonian wrote about 10 carts that turned downtown Portland’s biggest food cart pod into a tourist destination.

A Portland preservationist, and former chair of the Historic Landmarks Commission, wants the Jefferson Station building removed from the National Register of Historic Places, reports the Oregonian. The shell of the historic building is being incorporated into the new Multnomah County Central Courthouse.

The Business Tribune wrote about Opsis Architecture at 20.

Multnomah County hopes to create an alternative to jail or the emergency room for mentally ill homeless people at the recently purchased 333 SW Park Ave building, writes the Oregonian.

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Metro Reports: Tacoma Commons, Nomad, NW 20th & Savier, and more

The Tacoma Commons include four buildings, each with three residential units.

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers May 27th to June 3rd, 2019.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 5105 SE Woodstock Blvd:

Construct a 27 unit apartment building.

Early Assistance has been requested by Scott Edward Architecture for a project at 7601 SE Division St:

Four or five story multi-family building consisting entirely of affordable housing (approximately 118-130 units)

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at the southeast corner of NW 20th & Savier:

Discuss the feasibility, needed analysis and evidence to amend the Conway Master Plan (LU 12-135162), as applied to Blocks 16, 261, and 262, to allow a hotel. No change to Master Plan-wide FAR cap or existing height limits proposed.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by EPR Design to discuss a project East of 12395 SW Clara Ln:

Proposal to construct a new 60-90 bed residential care facility licensed by the State of Oregon for 24-Hour Care. The residents will not be driving or own cars that are parked at the site. There will be one common kitchen and one common dining area. No kitchens provided in the resident rooms. The resident rooms will consist of a sleeping area and a private 1/2 bath. Onsite parking is proposed, a trash enclosure and associated site work and landscaping.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by DAO Architecture to discuss a project at 2171 NW Glisan St:

Two proposed 3-story affordable multi-family buildings (one with basement), focused on providing compact apartments/residences for single moms. Project includes (13) 2-BR units (including 1 ADA-accessible unit) and 600 sq ft day care on basement level. Non-contributing

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Lever Architecture to discuss the renovation of the Artists Repertory Theater at 1515 SW Morrison St:

Renovation of the existing 18,000sf Artist Repertory Theater (ART) building. The renovation will add new theater, rehearsal, office and support space for ART and a dozen affiliated companies in the ART HUB. The expansion will add a partial second floor and increase the total area to approximately 28,000sf. The existing concrete exterior walls and the east and west bays of existing structure will remain. The central portion of the building will be rebuilt with a higher structure to accommodate a large theater and second floor. The existing covered drive will be infilled with a new main entry and lobby space. The two levels of parking below the main floor will remain. Parking Level 1 will be accessed from an entry in the building along SW 15th Avenue. Parking Level 2 will be accessed from a new entry in the future ART Tower. The building will undergo a full seismic upgrade. Given the existing conditions, the project has limited stormwater options. The project team will review with BES

Buildings permit were issued to Works Progress Architecture for the Tacoma Commons at 2000 SE Tacoma St:

New three-story, three unit mult-family structure (1 of 4, with 17-194721,-24,-27 CO ) includes site utilities

New three-story, three unit mult-family structure (2 of 4, with 17-194710,-24,-27 CO )

New three-story, three unit mult-family structure with trash enclosure. (3 of 4, with 17-194710,-721,-727 CO )

New three-story, three unit mult-family structure (4 of 4, with 17-194710,-721,-724 CO)

A building permit was issued to R & B Design Studio for a Habitat for Humanity project at 8120 N Interstate Ave:

Building 1 of 2, to be built on west portion of site. Review with 18-280327-MT (HVAC for building). Three story with partial 4th story, 12 affordable housing units. Entire site Grading and Utility permit 18-280322-UTL-01-CO be reviewed concurrently. Permit for 2nd building to come in after this CO and UTL both issued.

A building permit was issued to Works Progress Architecture for Nomad at 5620 N Interstate Ave:

New construction of 7-story Mixed-Use Building; 2-stories C.I.P. Post-tensioned Concrete Slabs and Columns, 5-stories wood-frame. 6 levels of Residential Units with Amenity over 1 Level of Residential Amenity and Retail. Work to the Retail will be included as part of this Permit. The Overall Buillding Height is less than 75ft.

1500 SW Taylor Apartments Approved (images)

The Design Commission has approved a 7 story mixed use building at 1500 SW Taylor St. The 7 story building by Leeb Architects for Shelter Holdings will include 105 units, including three ground level work-live units. 782 sq ft of ground-level retail space will be located at the northeast corner of the building. Parking for 20 vehicles and 163 bicycles will be provided.

The building will be subject to the city’s inclusionary housing rules, which require the provision of affordable housing or the payment of a fee-in-lieu.

1500 SW Taylor Apartments
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Weekly Roundup: PDX Concourse E, Block 216, Wells Fargo Center, and more

Construction is well underway at the PDX Concourse E Extension. The expanded concourse is set to open to the public in 2020.

The Business Tribune wrote about how the PDX Concourse E Extension is making Southwest Airlines at home.

The Daily Journal of Commerce broke the news that vendors at the 10th & Alder food cart pod have until June 30th to vacate the site. The carts and surface parking will be replaced by the Block 216 hotel, office and condominium tower.

After nearly 20 years in business, Myhre Group Architects will soon shut down, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the N Williams Center, which will include 60 units of affordable housing.

Eater Portland reports that Los Angeles “restaurant vet” Doug Miriello is opening a food hall at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Portland Diamond Project has received a 6-month extension to further study the Port of Portland Terminal 2 site, reports the Oregonian.

The Parking Minute argued against reducing parking minimums only where directly adjacent to transit, citing the example of the Dairy Apartments planned at 801 NE 21st Ave.

97th and Couch Apartments Approved by Design Commission (images)

The Design Commission has approved the 97th and Couch Apartments, a six story building in Gateway designed by Works Progress Architecture. The building will include 61 residential units, with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units, as well as a small ground floor retail space. 62 long term and 6 short bicycle parking spaces will be provided, plus 11 spaces for electric scooters. No vehicular parking is proposed.

The building will be subject to the city’s inclusionary housing rules, which require the provision of affordable housing or the payment of a fee-in-lieu.

NE 97th and Couch
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Metro Reports: Division.28, 2434 SE 92nd, 2123 NW 30th, and more

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits processed in the previous week. We publish the highlights. This post covers May 20th to May 26th, 2019.

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Waechter Architecture to discuss a project at 2135 NW 29th Ave:

Three 5-story residential building (each with approximately 18 residential units), which will include amenity spaces (such as bike rooms), storage, commons areas, and parking (at-grade).

A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by Jones Architecture to discuss a project at 2123 NW 30th Ave:

Three 5-story residential building (each with approximately 18 residential units), which will include amenity spaces (such as bike rooms), storage, commons areas, and parking (at-grade).

The renovation of the former Multnomah County Health Department at 408 SW 5th Ave has been submitted for a Type II Design Review by SERA Architects:

Core and shell renovation with ground floor storefront replacement.

A project at 4419 SE 61st Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

New 3 story, 9 unit apartment building with associated site work, and attached trash enclosure with recycle area; short term bike racks; no onsite parking

A building permit was issued for the Division.28 apartments at 2880 SE Division St:

New 4-story, mixed use, 64 unit apartment building with tuck under enclosed parking, interior trash and recycle room; on-site stormwater treatment, site improvements, and landscape ***w/17-112414-MT***Septic decommissioining req’d. Call 842 for inspections. Septic decommissioning required. Call for inspection 842.

A building permit was issued to Allusa Architecture for a project at 2434 SE 92nd Ave (previously 9211 SE Division St):

New 3 story apartment building with 15 units, detached trash enclosure less than 120 sq. ft.

A building permit was issued to Novak Architecture for a project with two buildings at 5681 and 5687 NE Glisan St (previously 5663 NE Glisan St):

New three story, 15 unit apartment building, includes associated sitework *** w/18-280954-CO & 18-280959-MT & 18-280963-MT *** building 1 ***

New three story, 15 unit apartment building, includes associated sitework *** w/18-280949-CO & 18-280959-MT & 18-280963-MT *** building 2 ***