Weekly Roundup: Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Portland Building, and more

Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center
The Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center sold for $190 milion in December. It is currently closed, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s been a month since we last published a ‘weekly’ roundup. The news in March was almost entirely focused on COVID-19, with few stories of the kind we normally link to published. This roundup mostly includes stories from last week, as well as a few that we missed in the previous weeks.

The Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about SERA Architects’ slightly different proposal* for 306 SE 8th. While the project was approved in 2017, the approval will expire before construction can start.

Portland Architecture visited the reconstructed Portland Building, where the interior changes are so significant that “one can hardly believe this is the same place.” A grand re-opening ceremony that was scheduled for March 19th was canceled, according to the Business Tribune.

The Hyatt Place at the Oregon Convention Center sold in December for $190 million, reports Willamette Week. Despite public investment in the project, none of the profit returned to the taxpayer.

Construction is “chugging along like it’s still 2019,” reports Willamette Week, and “some workers say that’s dangerous“.

The Northwest Examiner wrote about the Hyatt Place and Allison Residences and, in something of a new concern for the paper, wondered whether “available building sites that could have been used for permanent housing will instead be reserved for tourists and business travelers“. The paper also reported that plans for the Forest Park Entrance and Nature Center have been canceled, with only a parking lot now set to be built at the site on NW St Helens Rd.

Willamette Week looked at why so many huge self-storage complexes have cropped up in Portland.

Portland Architecture visited Tree Farm, where they found that color and whimsy enliven and ordinary office.

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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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Focus: The 25 Most Popular Posts of 2018

Block 216

The 35-story Block 216 tower was approved in December. Our post about the project’s Design Advice Request was our most popular post of the year.

Happy New Year.

2018 is the fourth full year Next Portland has been in operation and I’m excited to see what 2019 brings. I’m currently on vacation in Scotland, so new posts will continue to be sporadic until I return next week.

Last year was another busy year for the site. Of the course of the year 141 new posts were published, with nearly 900,000 page views.

The year started with the last of the pre-inclusionary zoning (IZ) projects working their way through the design review process. In February it was reported by the Portland Mercury that Portland’s inclusionary zoning mandate was getting lackluster results, with only 12 qualifying building in the pipeline.

By the end of the year Next Portland had posted about a number of large post-IZ developments that have been approved through design review. These include 815 W Burnside, 1715 SW Salmon, Nomad, the ART Tower Block 216, 1935 N Killingsworth and the Pepsi Blocks. The Portland Housing Bureau now estimates that there are 43 projects subject to inclusionary zoning in the pipeline, with 362 affordable units in projects that have permits or are close to permitting.

Despite the uptick in post-IZ proposals, new design review and building permit applications remain down relative to years ago. At the end of the year the Bureau of Development Services was forced to lay off staff for the first time since the recession, citing “quite sobering” forecasts.

Similarly to 2017, many of the most popular posts were published in previous years, a reflection of the fact that the content Next Portland remains relevant for a long time, as buildings move through construction and into occupancy. One post in the top 25 most popular posts was from 2015; seven posts were from 2016; six posts were from 2017; and eleven were published in 2018.

In reverse order, here are our 25 most popular posts of the year:

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Weekly Roundup: Fremont Place, Riverplace, Broadway Corridor, and more

Fremont Place Apartments

The City Council voted down the Fremont Place Apartments over concerns about the width of the Greenway trail

The Portland City Council voted 5-0 to overturn the Design Commission’s approval of the Fremont Place Apartmentsthe Pearl District apartment building opposed by neighbors. Portland for Everyone asked if it this would create an open season for NIMBY lawsuitsCity Observatory argued that Portland doesn’t really want to make housing affordable.

Later that day council voted down a series of zoning amendments that would be necessary for the Kengo Kuma-designed Riverplace Redevelopment to move forward

The Portland Tribune noted that the series of denials added up to the rejection of nearly 3,000 new homes.

The Willamette Week reported that three developers made the shortlist for the redevelopment of the post office site in the Pearl District, known as the Broadway Corridor.

Archinect wrote about the dismantling of the “iconic Portland Building‘s postmodern, multicolored facade”.

BikePortland reported on how the University of Portland’s Franz Campus has puts greenway advocates on edge.

Rebuild of Portland Building Approved (images)

The proposed rebuild of the Portland Building has been approved by the Landmarks Commission, with the decision upheld by the City Council at appeal. The almost $200 million reconstruction of the Michael Graves designed building is being led by DLR Group, and is intended to address seismic deficiencies and water intrusions issues that have been present since the building was completed.

Portland Building

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Metro Reports: Great Notion Brewing, 6112 SE Foster, 1831 NW 28th, and more

Great Notion Brewing

A building permit is under review for Great Notion Brewing’s new taproom in Northwest Portland

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.

Early Assistance has been requested by AAI Engineering for a project at 7945 NE Alberta St:

Current code. Demolish existing buildings and replace with two new self-storage facilities with associated parking, utilities and landscaping.

Early Assistance has been requested by Case Design Group for a project at 2231 NW Pettygrove St:

Review is for current code. New apartment building. EA to focus on setbacks. Northwest Plan District.

A project at 6112 SE Foster Rd has been submitted for building permit review by Steelhead Architecture:

TI for new brewery; change of occupancy from ‘M’ to ‘A-2’ for restaurant and ‘B’ to ‘F-2’ for brewery; new partition walls for kitchen, restrooms, office, brewery and storage room; new counter for bar, relocate entry. With 108 sf trash enclosure and parking lot improvements. Walk-in cooler under separate permit.

A building permit has been submitted for review by ZGF Architects for Great Notion Brewing at 2450 NW 28th Ave:

Addition of new tap room and patio entrance with ada compliant ramp; remodel on west side of bldg existing entry, new walls to create bathrooms, kitchen and on east side of bldg 1st flr new walls to create secure storage/ compressor room, work/storage area, bathroom and 2nd flr office space, bathroom, and balcony

8 buildings at 1831 NW 28th Ave have been submitted for building permit review by Fieldwork Design & Architecture, each with the same description:

New 4 story 2 unit apartment building with landscaping and site utilities

A project at 6261 N Cecelia St has been submitted for building permit review:

New construction of 4 story, 21 unit apartment building 20,083sf, interior trash room, dfs for fire sprinklers and bolt on balcony with integrated guardrail

A project at 5000 N Willamette Blvd on the University of Portland campus has been submitted for building permit review by Soderstrom Architects:

New constuction of a 65,000 SF classroom and office building with basement and two levels above grade; W/ 17 224831 MT

The rebuild of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Ave has been submitted for building permit review:

FF4/ structural improvements and seismic upgrade.

A building permit was issued to CIDA Architects for a project at 5511 NE 17th Ave (previously 5515 NE 17th Ave):

Construct new 3 story, 15 unit, apartment building with attached trash enclosure and associated site work; fire vault in SE corner of property ***separate mechanical permit required***

A building permit was issued to Urban Development Group for a project at 2595 SE 50th Ave (previously 4926 SE Division St):

New construction of a four story mixed-use building consisting of 127 apartment units and 7000 sf of ground floor commercial space; below grade parking and residential units

A building permit was issued for a project at 110 N Blandena:

New construction of 3story 6plex and site improvements with 106sf detached trash enclusure

A building permit was issued to Iselin Architects for a project at 1278 SE Marion St (previously 8705 SE 13th Ave):

New 4 story 23 unit apartment building with underground parking


Weekly Roundup: Laurel 42, Fair-Haired Dumbbell, Portland Building, and more

Laurel 42

Laurel 42 by LRS Architects is being constructed at the corner of NE Halsey St and 43rd Ave

The Oregonian reported that the developers behind the Convention Center Hotel will break ground on the project on July 14th.

The Portland Business Journal wrote about how the Fair Haired Dumbbell is coming to artistic life.

The Business Tribune covered the first historic review resource review hearing for the Portland Building.

The DJC reported on Laurel 42, the new mixed-use building coming to the Hollywood District*.

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Weekly Roundup: Portland Building, Providence Park, Ankeny Apartments, and more

Portland Building

The proposed reconstruction of the Portland Building, which will include a new aluminum rainscreen cladding

Portland Architecture looked at the proposed rebuild of the Portland Building, where the city is taking a “bold, non-historic approach [to] restoring [the] Graves-designed landmark.”

The DJC reported that after a second City Council hearing the Ankeny Apartments are still in limbo despite mediation and revised plans*.

Eater Portland took a look at Schilling Cider, who have opened the world’s largest cider taproom in the Goat Blocks.

Citylab wrote about how Oregon HB 2007 could strip Portland of its NIMBY powers.

The Oregonian reported on a revised financing deal for the Providence Park Expansionwhich includes a larger tax break for the Timbers in the near term, in exchange for more money for the City from 2025 on.

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Metro Reports: Collective on 4th, Portland Building, 3612 SE 82nd, and more

The first building permit was issued for Core Spaces’ Collective on 4th.

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.

Design Advice has been requested by SERA Architects for a project at 1715 NW Couch St:

New six story residential project with one level of below grade parking. Project will be 160,000 GSF above grade with 200 units. FAR is 4:1.

Design Advice has been requested by TVA Architects for a project at 1650 NW Naito Parkway:

new 17 story apartment building. 270 residential units are proposed. The first floor will have both residential and parking. There are 192 underground parking spaces. The access for the parking would be from NW Naito. One loading space is proposed. The property will be divided to create a 79,700 square foot site for this development.

Early Assistance has been requested by Urban Development Group to discuss changes to a project at 2548 SE Ankeny St:

Proposal for a new apartment building of 96 units to replace CO 16-198732, no parking.

Early Assistance has been requested by Urban Development Group to discuss changes to a project at 316 NE 28th Ave:

Proposal is to build a new apartment building to replace CO 16-196951 for 119 units and no parking.

Early Assistance has been requested by Urban Development Group to discuss changes to a project at 2789 NE Halsey St:

Proposal is for a new apartment building of 53 units no parking which would replace CO 16-178394.

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 3612 SE 82nd Ave:

Project consists of an approx. 8500 SF, single story new core and shell building for up to nine restaurant tenants on property that was previously used as a restaurant. The existing unoccupied building may be demolished. Site work will consist of selective demolition, new infrastructure and parking lot repairs to 15 food carts, seating areas, and required parking.

The rebuild of the Portland Building has been submitted for Type III Historic Resource Review by DLR Group:

Full renovation of an existing 15-story office building including seismic upgrade and replacement of MEP systems. Proposed exterior renovation includes replacement of all existing facade finishes and glazing systems. New building cladding system will sit outboard of the existing building face. Two areas of the existing covered loggia on the first floor are being enclosed and added to the interior building area. No additional impervious surfaceor roof area is being added. This is a historic building.

An excavation and shoring permit was issued the Collective on 4th at 325 SW Harrison St:

partial – site clearing and demolitoin, tree removal, excavation, shoring and erosion control.

Metro Reports: Hoyt Street Yards Block 20, Worldmark by Wyndham, Burnside Delta and more

Worldmark by Wyndham

The Worldmark by Wyndham, as presented to the Historic Landmarks Commission in January

Every week, the Bureau of Development Services publishes lists of Early Assistance applications, Land Use Reviews and Building Permits. We publish the highlights.

The City of Portland has requested Design Advice for the renovation of the Portland Building:

Preservation and renovation of the Portland Building.

YBA Architects have requested Design Advice for a project at 1134 NW 18th Ave:

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

Early Assistance has been requested for a project at 2515 SE 41st Ave:

12 unit residential building, will need new sewer.

Tahran Architecture & Planning have requested Early Assistance for a project at 5325 NE Irving St:

Demolish home and build new attached condos (7 units total).

SERA Architects have requested Early Assistance related to the Worldmark by Wyndham at 221 SW Naito Parkway:

Early Assistance Meeting, as follow-up to Pre-Application Conference EA 14-2178.37 for a Type III Historic Resources Review for 6-story, 67,000 sqare foot, 70′ tall building for vacation ownership units.

Boora Architects have scheduled a Pre-Application Conference to discuss a project on Block 20 of the Hoyt Street Yards property in the Pearl:

Project proposal is for a high-rise condo building.

SERA Architects have applied for a Conditional Use Review and Design Review for a hotel at 619 SW 11th Ave:

Conditional Use Review for 15 story, 221 room hotel. See EA 15-210283 for information.

New construction of 15 floor hotel.

A Design Review application has been submitted for a project at 10506 E Burnside St:

50-unit mid rise apartment complex. Ground level tuck under parking and additional surface parking.

The Burnside Delta by Vallaster Corl Architects has been submitted for Design Review:

new 7-story building with some ground-level retail and a total of 85 residential units. The ground level will include 56 bicycle parking spaces and 18 vehicle parking spaces. 7 modifications outlined in application.

Jones Architecture have submitted a renovation of the Fisk Tire Company Building at 1236 NW Flanders St for Historic Resource Review:

Changes include a new loading dock, replacment of all existing window panels, new stroefront entrance doors, new roofing on existing entry canopy, new ada lift and new exterior lighting. Loading dock replacment and expansion will be in the ROW

LRS Architects have submitted a renovation of the Towne Storage Building at 17 SE 3rd Ave for Historic Resource Review:

Core/shell renovation to historic building for creative offices and retail

A building permit is under review for a project at 5606 N Greeley Ave:

New 2 story 4-plex, slightly sloped lot with associated site work

A building permit was issued to Design Department Architecture for the conversion of a building at 930 SE Sandy Blvd:

Change of occupancy from F-1 to A-2. Interior demolition and new walls to reduce existing kitchen and alter sales area to dining area, (2) ADA bathrooms. Exterior work: new parapet at west property line.

A building permit was issued to Fosler Portland Architecture for a project at  8510 N Ivanhoe:

New construction. Three story 20-unit apartment building. New 550sf gross bike and trash enclosure on west side of the lot