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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OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building returns in front of Design Commission (images)

SRG Partnership and Mayer Reed landscape architects have returned in front of the Design Commission for a second Design Advice hearing for the Knight Cancer Research Building. The 7 story research building will include a conference center, research laboratory space, research support functions, ground level retail, and offices. Two levels of below grade parking will be provided. A roof terrace with views to the river will be located at the 6th floor.

OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building

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Design Advice offered for Zidell Blocks 4 and 6 (images)

The Design Commission has offered Design Advice for two new office buildings proposed for the Zidell Yards in South Waterfront. Zidell Blocks 4 and 6 are being designed by Lever Architecture, in collaboration with GBD Architects and landscape architects Place Studio. The buildings will be among the first to go ahead under a development agreement between the Zidell family and the City of Portland, which could see the public invest $23.8 million towards parks, roads and other improvements. Together with Zidell Block 1, expected to go before the Design Commission in the coming year, the buildings will by 2018 fulfill Phase I of the development agreement.

Zidell Block 4

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Under Construction in John’s Landing: Oxbow 49 (images)

The Oxbow 49 Apartments are under construction in John’s Landing. The project by GBD Architects for developer Guardian Real Estate Services will include 166 apartments, with a mix one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedroom apartments. With an average unit size of 800 sq ft, the building will offer larger units than many other buildings currently under construction in inner Portland. 142 car parking spaces will be provided in a parking garage located partially below grade. Bike storage will be provided on every floor of the building.

Oxbow 49 apartments

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Under Construction in South Waterfront: the Ella (images)

Construction is underway on the Ella, a 199 unit apartment building by Texas based developer Alamo Manhattan. The design of the project on South Waterfront Block 43 is by Texas based Hensley Lamkin Rachel Inc, with assistance from local architects SERA. An underground garage, accessed from SW Abernethy St, will provide parking for 196 vehicles. The building will have one retail space, a 1,470 sq ft unit at the corner of SW Moody Ave and SW Abernethy St. Ground floor amenity spaces for the residents have been designed so that they can potentially be converted to retail in the future.

Ella - Alamo Manhattan Block 43

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OHSU Center for Health & Healing South returns for Design Advice (images)

ZGF Architects have returned in front of the Design Commission for a second Design Advice Request concerning the OHSU Center for Health & Healing South. The $200 million project will include two new buildings on adjacent blocks in South Waterfront. The proposed building on Block 29 will include five floors of “ambulatory hospital”, which OHSU defines as facilities for “highly complex outpatient surgeries & invasive procedures”. Above this is a cancer center, where clinical trials by the Knight Cancer Institute will be performed.

Block 28 will include above grade parking, and five floors of subsidized guest housing for people receiving care in the adjacent facilities. New conference facilities will be located on the ground floor of Block 28, facing onto SW Curry St.

OHSU Center for Health & Healing South

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Focus: Projects by Neighborhood

There are 95 neighborhoods recognized by Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and Next Portland has now written posts about projects happening in 29 of them. In some of these neighborhoods we’ve written 20 or more posts; in almost half of them we’ve only written about one project. To a certain extent this reflects where development is happening: there are a number of cranes up in the Pearl for construction of high rises, while other neighborhoods don’t have a single pin on our map. It is also however a reflection of the fact that in the Central City Design Review is required for all projects; in other neighborhoods such as Northwest or Boise developers can choose between Design Review or the prescriptive Community Design Standards; while in other neighborhoods such as Richmond or Sunnyside projects never go through Design Review. As such there are sometimes no published images of large new buildings, even once they are under construction.

Over the past month we’ve added categories to all of our in depth posts. To see which neighborhoods we’ve written about the most, read on.


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South Waterfront Block 41 (images)

Design Advice has been offered to GBD Architects for South Waterfront Block 41. The proposed 6 story building will include 200 apartment units, with 187 vehicular parking stalls and 342 long term bicycle parking spaces provided for the residents. 3,500 sq ft of retail is proposed along SW River Parkway.

South Waterfront Block 41

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Zidell moving forward with two offices buildings

ZRZ Realty is moving forward with two office buildings on Blocks 4 and 6 of the Zidell Yards in South Waterfront. A Pre-Application Conference has been scheduled by GBD Architects, who are working with Lever Architecture on the design of the proposed buildings. The buildings will be amongst the first to go ahead under a development agreement between the Zidell family and the City of Portland, which could see the public invest $23.8 million towards for parks, roads and other improvements. A separate Pre-Application Conference was held earlier in the year to discuss a new apartment building on Zidell Block 1.

Zidell Blocks 4 and 6

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