Mason Erhman Building Annex Renovations (images)

SERA Architects and Beam Development have received initial Design Advice from the Historic Landmarks Commission for renovations of the Mason Erhman Building Annex, also known as the Zellerbach Paper Company Building. The project will convert the existing storage building into office space, with the potential for ground floor retail. Many of the improvements required to make it a viable commercial space will not be visible from the street, and will include adding thermal insulation at the inside face of the exterior walls and above the roof as well as installing a new HVAC system.


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Mason Erhman Building Annex (images)

SERA Architects have requested Design Advice for renovations at the Mason Erhman Building Annex at 208 NW 5th Ave. The 1940 warehouse is located in the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District, and the applicant is asking whether “the approach to the treatment of the exterior facades and roof/seismic upgrades meet with the Landmark Commission’s general consent?”  The listed owners for the project are Jonathan Malsin of Beam Development and Valerie Yip of GAW Capital.


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Burnside Bridgehead, pt I: Block 75 (images)

This post is the first in a series on the developments at the Burnside Bridgehead. See also Part II about Block 67.

Block 75 is one of a number of projects planned or under construction at the Burnside Bridgehead, a site which the Portland Development Commission has been trying to develop since 2005. A previous plan by developer Opus Northwest proposed a single large development on the multi-block site; the current plan has seen the PDC sell off the block individually, and let the developers choose what to build. For Block 75 partnership between Beam Development and Urban Development Partners was chosen. Beam are best known for their adaptive reuse office projects in the Central Eastside, while UDP have developed a number of apartment buildings along SE Division St. The architects for the project are Works Partnership, who have designed buildings for both developers. The landscape architects are Lango Hansen.


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