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The Portland Building: Renovating a Landmark

September 12, 2017, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$10 - $40
Portland Building render, DLR Group

The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves and built in 1982 as administrative offices for the City of Portland, is an award-winning design of Post Modern architecture. The building was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a building of “exceptional importance,” but it currently faces problems with its structure, exterior, and operational systems that repairs alone cannot address. To protect and preserve this major public investment, the City has initiated a $195 million project to reconstruct the Portland Building by the end of 2020. The City will create an adaptable building that will last 50-100 years, providing a productive work environment for employees and a welcoming space for community members.

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Members of the Portland Building Project Team will present a design update on the project with a special focus on the complexity of the exterior enclosure design. The team will discuss how the exterior design solution responds to the building’s status as an important Landmark in the City of Portland while solving the technical deficiencies that have plagued the building since its construction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the complexities of renovation a historic building.
  2. Describe the strategies for making a building that will withstand the test of time.
  3. Explore how the project delivery method affects the design process.
  4. Recognize the issues with the exterior enclosure details and how to fix them.

1 AIA CEU Available!

Schedule :
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Networking and Appetizers
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Panel Discussion
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Questions / Wrap-up

Doug Greenwalt,Senior Project Manager, Howard S. Wright
Construction Project Lead for the Portland Building Exterior Enclosure
Doug is a Sr. Project Manager at Howard S. Wright. For the past 25 years Doug has worked on Industrial, High Tech, Office Building, High Education and Renovation construction projects all over the Northwest. He has provided management for many of Howard S. Wright’s most complex renovation projects in Portland over the last 19 years. Doug’s recent experience includes guiding the construction and renovation of the historic PNCA building, PSU’s Lincoln Hall and Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building.

Erica L. Ceder, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA, Architect, DLR Group
Lead Project Architect for the Portland Building Exterior Enclosure
Erica Ceder is an architect for DLR Group who specializes in the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings. She has worked for the past 17 years in the Pacific Northwest and has had the opportunity to work on historic properties for a variety of clients including the National Park Service, University of Oregon and the Oregon Judicial Department. Erica is currently part of the architectural team working on the Portland Building Reconstruction.

Carla J. Weinheimer, AIA, DBIA, Project Leader, DLR Group
Design Project Manager for the Portland Building Exterior Enclosure
Carla’s interest in public service has led her to focus her practice of architecture on projects that serve and enhance the public realm. She has over 27 years of experience planning, designing, and managing large scale public sector projects of various types including public safety facilities, courthouses, detention facilities, and city administrative buildings. She has a particular expertise in working with complex civic project processes and works closely with clients and the public to develop design solutions that improve the community fabric and support high quality public service. She has extensive experience in alternative delivery methods having successfully completed large scale design-build and CM at Risk projects.


Cover image courtesy DLR Group.


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