1440 Hoyt to add 4 stories to former Premier Press building (images)

The Design Commission has approved 1440 Hoyt, a major expansion and remodel of the former Premier Press building in the Pearl District. The project by Holst Architecture for Meriwether Partners will add four floors of heavy timber framed office space to an existing two story warehouse building, and convert an existing single story building to an office or retail use. The adaptive reuse project will create 75,000 sq ft of Class A office space and offer 125 bike parking spaces. Roof decks at the 2nd and 6th levels will be provided for the use of office tenants.

1440 Hoyt

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Design Commission approves renovation of Metro Family YMCA for Under Armour (images)

The Design Commission has approved a renovation of the former YMCA building at 2815 SW Barbur Blvd, which will become the new Portland base for Under Armour. The renovation is being designed by Boora Architects, who were the original architects for the 1977 building. The developer for the project is Seattle based InterUrban Development.

2815 SW Barbur

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Metro Reports: St Francis Park apartments, International School, 2100 SE Belmont and more

The St Francis Park apartments by MWA Architects, which are currently working their way through Design Review

The St Francis Park apartments by MWA Architects, which are currently working their way through the Design Review process

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of early assistance applications, land use reviews and building permits. We publish the highlights.

ZGF Architects have requested Early Assistance for a parking garage at 500 NE Multnomah St:

New 700 space 6 level parking garage with retail on the first floor.

Rommel Architectural Partnership have requested Early Assistance for a project at 520 SE 82nd Ave:

Proposal is for retail development with new 13,000 sf shop building and 1700 sf drive-thru building with food or beverage use.

SolTerra have submitted The Woods for building permit review:

Construct new 6 story mixed use 50 unit apartment building; main level to include parking garage, bike storage, lobby area, and retail space;

MWA Architects have submitted the St Francis Park Apartments for building permit review:

new 4-story, 72,055 sf, Type VA, 106 unit apartment building including improvements in vacated SE Oak St to meet superblock requirements.

BAMA Design have submitted a project at 2558 SE 109th Ave for building permit review:

New single story 15 bed residential care facility

A building permit was issued to Urban Development Group for a building at 2100 SE Belmont St:

Construct new 4 story 55 unit apartment building with underground parking; associated site work

A building permit was issued to BAMA Design for a project at 7400 SE Milwaukie Ave:

New 4 story 76 unit apartment building with basement level parking garage

A building permit was issued to Mahlum Architects for the International School Expansion:

New construction of three-story classroom building and related site improvements


Lloyd Cinemas redevelopment returns in front of Design Commission (images)

The Lloyd Cinemas redevelopment has returned in front of the Design Commission for a second Design Advice Request hearing. The project by Holst Architecture and 2.ink Studio is now proposed to be developed in two phases. The first phase on the western portion of the site would include 680 residential units and 650 parking spaces. A future second phase would include a high rise tower, and a total of 570 residential units and 440 parking spaces. Both phases would include active uses at the ground level, including restaurants, retail, maker space, micro restaurant and residential amenity spaces.

1510 NE Multnomah - Lloyd Cinemas

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Weekly Roundup: Broadway Tower, FrameWork, New Season Woodstock and more

Broadway Tower

The Broadway Tower by GBD Architects

The 98 year old Oregonians Credit Union at 1431 SW Broadway will be razed to make for the 19 story Broadway Tower, reported the Portland Chronicle. The office and hotel building by GBD Architects is going in front of the Design Commission for Design Advice on November 5th.

The Oregonian covered a report by Jones Lang LaSalle that found Portland now has the third lowest office vacancy rate in the nation. In a contrast to previous decades, almost all the new office development “is taking place in the central business district and close-in submarkets” and “‘virtually none’ [is] happening outside the central city.”

Portland plans $67 million more in funding for affordable housing over the next decade, according to The Oregonian. The funding will come from existing Urban Renewal Areas, at the expense of other commitments such as streets and parks.

The blog Wood Skyscrapers published images of Works Partnership’s recently completed FrameWork building at NE 6th and Davis.

The Portland Mercury looked at what Portland will look like in 2025.

As Portland experiences a building boom, BikePortland covered the fact that pedestrians and cyclists are often forced into mixed traffic when passing construction sites.

The New Season Woodstock branch opened this week with a rooftop bar.

The AIA Northwest & Pacific Region recently handed out its annual design awards, with Waechter Architecture, Works Partnership Architecture, and Hacker all winning awards. Among the winning projects was the Langano Apartments by Works Partnership.

Pastaworks will close its SE Hawthorne space, reported Eater PDX, and move into Providore Fine Foods Market on NE Sandy Blvd. According to the article other tenants will include “Flying Fish Co., florist Emerald Petals and Arrosto, Pastaworks’ upcoming rotisserie chicken spot”.

In other food market news, Eater PDX also wrote about Pollo Bravo, the “chicken-centric tapas joint” by John Gorham, set to open in the Pine Street Market. The market is now expected to open late this year or early next year.

Urban Development Group is a planning a 30 unit apartment building at 3701 SE Caruthers St, across the street from what the Portland Chronicle described as a “controversial” building by the same developer.

Three houses owned by Concordia University will be demolished to make way for the Faubion Elementary School Rebuild, according to the Portland Chronicle.

Hacker and Williams & Dame planning mixed use development in Lents Town Center

Hacker Architects and Williams & Dame Development are planning a 4 story mixed use building at 9101 SE Foster Rd in Lents Town Center. The project would include ground floor commercial space, with residential units above. A public plaza would be created mid-block, facing onto SE Foster Rd. Parking for 28 vehicles is proposed at the rear of the site. The project is currently at the Pre-Application Conference stage, prior to the submission of Design Review drawings.


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Boora Architects envisions mixed-use concept Water Avenue Yards for State-owned blocks in Central Eastside (images)

By Kurt Sevits.

Boora Architects have unveiled a conceptual plan for widespread redevelopment of several blocks of Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District just north of the Hawthorne Bridge that for years have sat largely unused. Dubbed Water Avenue Yards, the project includes a range of mixed-use buildings, athletic fields and park space that would extend from Water Avenue west to the Willamette River.

Boora’s design isn’t the direct result of a call for proposals but rather the firm’s vision for what the area could be like in the future as the city mulls options for the land.

Water Avenue Yards

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Metro Reports: Overland Warehouse Company Building, Marriott City Center expansion, Grant Park Village Phase II and more

Overland Warehouse Company

The Overland Warehouse Company renovation by Emerick Architects

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of early assistance applications, land use reviews and building permits. We publish the highlights.

Emerick Architects have requested Early Assistance for a project at 130 NE 6th Ave:

New five story creative office bldg with retail/restaurant space on ground floor.

SERA Architects have requested Early Assistance for a project at 718 NE 12th Ave:

Multi-story urban self-service storage building with ground floor commercial space.

Urban Development Group have requested Early Assistance for a project at 4926 SE Division St:

New mixed-use building.

Tiland-Schmidt Architects have requested Early Assistance for a project at 1445 N Hayden Island Dr:

New single story retail building with 45 parking stalls on existing vacant pad.

SERA Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss an expansion of the Portland Marriott City Center at 620 SW Washington St:

Expanison of Marriot Hotel. 4 story adition above the existing parking garage to connect to existing hotel. 127 additional rooms.

YBA Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project at 1134 NW 18th Ave:

Proposal is for mixed use development with retail space on grd floor, a row of townhomes and at-grade double height car parking with stacking semi-automated parking system.

Lever Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss Framework at 430 NW 10th Ave:

Proposal is for 12 story timber framed bldg which will consist of one level of grd floor retail and five levels of office, five levels of workforce housing and a rooftop amenity space.

LRS Architects have submitted Grant Park Village Phase II for Design Review:

Constructin of a new 5 story market rate housing project with one level of sub-grade parking.

Koz Development have submitted 2161 SW Yamhill St for Historic Resource Review:

See comments in file EA 15-226895 appt. New apartment building consisting of 30 dwelling units. Total of three stories above grade with one below. Requesting a design modification to required setbacks.

A building permit was issued to Emerick Architects for the conversion of the Overland Warehouse Company Building at 205 NW 4th Ave:

Partial change of occupancy from S-1 to B on 2nd and 3rd floor. Seismic upgrade. Extensive interior demolition and new walls on levels 1-3, new storefront. New stairs and elevator.

Weekly Roundup: Water Avenue Yards, Pearl affordable housing, protest on Hawthorne and more

Concept for the Water Avenue Yards by Boora

Concept for the Water Avenue Yards by Boora

Boora Architects have developed a speculative concept for the ODOT Blocks, which they have dubbed the Water Avenue Yards. Their vision would see the currently vacant site redeveloped with flexible spaces that could be used various kinds of production.

Demolition began on a fourplex house at 3423 SE Hawthorne Blvd, which will be replaced by a five story 30 unit apartment building. As a squatter tied himself to the roof to protest the demolition, a crowd of fifty people and one goat gathered to watch.

Pretentious PDX interviewed Jonathan Cohen and Matt Seigel of the Society Hotel, the Old Town hotel which is getting ready to open on November 5th.

Eater PDX covered the possible closure of the Lotus Cardroom, which would be replaced by a new hotel and office building at 930 SW 3rd Ave.

Innovative Housing has been chosen as the developer for an affordable housing project on Pearl Block 26, according to The Oregonian. The quarter block building will include at least 40 units, and could include as many as 64.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the PSU School of Business Administration by Behnisch Architekten and SRG Partnership. The 143,000 sq ft facility is expected to open in 2017.

Amid an apartment building boom, The Oregonian reported that the City’s property tax exemption program for affordable housing had done zero deals in 2015.