2021: A Milestone Year in Review

By Hennebery Eddy

Hennebery Eddy staff and guests gathered for a holiday celebration in early December

The year 2021 will be marked with a star on the timeline of our firm history, recognizing it as the year Hennebery Eddy Architects and Comma-Q Architecture joined forces to establish a regional design and preservation studio. We spent the year getting to know one another better and finding ways to make our sum more than our individual parts. That alone is worth celebrating — which we did, all together, with a holiday celebration in Portland. But this year held more than just a merger … here’s what else we celebrated!

Projects — Our ever-growing staff stayed busy with projects throughout the West. Highlights include two progressive design-build projects in Washington, at Washington State University–Spokane with Bouten Construction and at South Puget Sound Community College with Sellen. In rural Montana, we designed two fire stations, in Hamilton and Fort Ellis, while in Wyoming we completed the building condition assessment of 17 historic structures in Fort Yellowstone – buildings that are integral to the story of the creation and development of Yellowstone National Park. Closer to home, we broke ground on the Bridger View sustainable community development in Bozeman and designed a net-zero operations center for our longtime client Multnomah County Library.

Awards — AIA honored us with two design awards for beautiful, sustainable learning spaces in Central Oregon: Cascades Academy and Bend Science Station. We also notched our sixth DeMuro Award honoring excellence in historic preservation in Oregon, for our work on Jim Fisher Volvo, and received two DJC “TopProjects” awards for our work at PDX Airport and Portland Community College.


Giving — Through our Hennebery Eddy Gives program, the firm matched more than $2,500 in charitable giving by our staff members and made additional contributions to the Oregon Food Bank, HRDC in Bozeman, and EcoChallenge.org to support our communities this holiday season. Our staff logged nearly 1,100 hours in community service, including the clean up of more than 800 pounds of trash in Portland’s O’Bryant Square.

Cheer — Despite the ongoing pandemic, we found opportunities to come together safely. This summer, we recognized the 10-year anniversaries of Jon McGrew, Camilla Cok, Dawn Armatys, and Will Ives, and the 20-year (!) anniversaries of Meg Matsushima and Kyle Womack. Our annual Net Positive Month Recycled Costume Contest was adapted to feature masks, with creative and impressive results. And it wouldn’t be the holidays without a little Elf Cart fun in Portland, while the Bozeman crew decorated cookies (yum).

Cheers to all our partners, clients, friends, and family in Bozeman, Portland, and around the country. We look forward to what the new year brings — and hope that your 2022 is full of good health, happiness, and harmony.

Our 2021 holiday card, featuring the PDX Concourse E extension