PDX Green Loop Competition

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Last spring, Hennebery Eddy participated in the PDX Green Loop Competition, an opportunity presented by the University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in collaboration with Design Week Portland and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Described as “a 21st century public works project for Portland,” the call for designs asked for six-mile “linear park” solutions connecting the east and west sides of the Willamette River. In collaboration with DHM Design, CH2M and Tad Savinar, our fascination with the concept of reconnecting with the land to explore the interconnectedness of circulation and recreation, and sustainability and sustenance into one byway serving the entire city propelled us to finalist status in the competition.

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Preservation Education: University of Oregon Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School

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In late August, associate Carin Carlson, AIA and Tim Mitchell, AIA of Hennebery Eddy’s Historic Resources Group participated in the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. The summer field school is part of the University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program and is held annually at locations rotating around Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California in conjunction with the National Park Service, state parks and other regional stakeholders. Incoming students to the University’s Historic Preservation Program are required to attend, and the field school is open to professionals and individuals interested in experiencing hands-on preservation work. Carin and Tim are both graduates of the University of Oregon; Carin is a graduate of the Historic Preservation Program.

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Autodesk A360 highlights PDX Terminal Balancing Project Team

The Portland International Airport (PDX) Terminal Balancing project is being delivered as a collaborative design partnership between Fentress Architects, headquartered in Denver, Colorado and Hennebery Eddy Architects based out of Portland, Oregon. Fentress and Hennebery Eddy worked together as one single design team, enabled by A360 Team, to best utilize the strengths of both firms to deliver a complex public infrastructure project for the Portland International Airport.

 Read the full article on the Autodesk A360 Blog

From LEED to Living

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Can Certifications make Better Buildings?

Over the last decade LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has become perhaps the most widely known environmental third-party certification for buildings, helping to bridge the technical barrier of sustainable design between owners and architects. While LEED promotes many positive things within the built environment, it is limited to a prescriptive manner of certification, which can result in theoretically “better” buildings that may not actually perform better than a typical baseline building.

A little less than a decade ago, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) unveiled a new building certification – The Living Building Challenge (LBC) which focuses on a standard of performance.  Branded as “a philosophy, advocacy platform and certification tool” it has established itself as perhaps the most advanced and inspirational environmental third-party certification for buildings. Organized around seven petals – Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty – the LBC pushes projects towards regenerative solutions. These efforts are then proven through a 12-month post occupancy verification period required for certification. Less than 10 projects worldwide have achieved full Living Building certification while dozens of others are in various stages, perhaps most notably the Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington (which hasn’t yet completed its 12-month verification). As a firm we have not yet completed a Living Building, however, we recently proposed LBC certification for the early concept of a project. Time will tell if the project ends up pursuing and achieving the LBC, but we thought we’d share a bit of what we learned in the initial process.

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PDX Carpet Redux

Amid the PDX carpet craze on social media, Hennebery Eddy Architects and Emerick Construction are hard at work removing the old carpet and installing the new carpet at the Portland International Airport. See for yourself, and watch the a timelapse of the PDX carpet replacement:

Cascades Academy of Central Oregon

Since its completion in fall 2013, Cascades Academy of Central Oregon has been recognized with local and national design awards.  Watch this video to learn more about this preK-12 school located just outside of Bend, Oregon and how we worked with them to develop their new campus.

Resolving Design Dilemmas

The work of most architects is known only by the end result. Whether brick and mortar or steel and glass, designers don’t typically stand at the main entry explaining to passersby the concept, diagram, or the many painful decisions that were involved. However, most buildings have a story to tell, of last minute changes and dozens of tough decisions. For this post we decided to look at a recently completed project and highlight a few of these critical crossroads, the final decisions, and our take away lessons.

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Cottonwood Canyon – Time Lapse Watercolor

Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013, Cottonwood Canyon State Park will soon be Oregon’s second largest – not to mention newest – state park. Hennebery Eddy Architects recently had the privilege of collaborating on the project with Portland, Oregon based landscape architecture firm Walker Macy. Together we developed a comprehensive master plan for the park’s primary visitor area, and developed conceptual designs for various structures throughout the park.

The video above was created from over 650 still photographs taken at two second intervals while Hennebery Eddy’s Dawn Carlton painted the watercolor. See some of her other, award-winning, work here.

More information on Cottonwood Canyon State Park can be found at the following websites:

Cottonwood Canyon Blog

Oregon State Parks Video

Oregon State Parks Official Site

Transforming Zabel Hall

Completed in early 2013, Zabel Hall is the primary classroom building for Eastern Oregon University’s College of Business and College of Education. The comprehensive renovation balances deferred maintenance and system upgrades with improved teaching and learning spaces. Classrooms were reconfigured to incorporate both traditional and modern instructional tools and provide for flexibility in teaching. The transformation includes a revitalized building entry, full window replacement, and the addition of a student commons and informal learning spaces to encourage more interaction between students and faculty