This spring, architect Monica Mader and interior designer Elyse Iverson volunteered as co-teachers for the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s (afo) Architects in Schools (AIS) program. For six weeks, architectural design and engineering professionals visit elementary schools on a weekly basis, teaching a series of lessons that introduce students to various aspects of the industry and profession. Below, Monica summarizes their six-week residency at KairosPDX, a public charter school in NE Portland focused on serving low-income students and students of color.
What was your goal for the students in your AIS program?
By the end of the program, we wanted the students to be able to demonstrate an understanding of their own community and recognize valuable components of a neighborhood in relation to architecture.
Regardless of whether the City of Portland adopts a mandate requiring the seismic retrofit of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, the realities of a probable major seismic event in the next 50 years are sobering — with life-altering, social, financial and economic implications for everyone in the region. For many building owners, a retrofit requirement may seem financially infeasible if they lack the liquidity to pay for potential retrofits and cannot secure funding from risk-averse lenders. Though it may be months or even years before the city finalizes or implements a mandate, building owners can and should start evaluating now the potential costs of seismic retrofits to protect life and property — and whether federal, state or other grant money may be applied to offset these costs.
Principal Alan Osborne named Associate Design-Build Professional™
Reflecting the firm’s commitment to on-time, on-budget project delivery and design excellence, Hennebery Eddy Architects vice president and principal Alan Osborne, AIA, is now a nationally certified Associate Design-Build Professional™. Certified by the Design-Build Institute of America, Osborne aids the firm in effectively meeting industry demand for alternate project delivery. Osborne is one of only three Oregon professionals certified by DBIA in 2018.
DBIA certification is the nation’s only measurable standard of an individual’s knowledge of the Design-Build Done Right™ principles vital to successful project delivery. The certification requires comprehensive education and training and rigorous testing.
In earning his Associate DBIA certification, Osborne joins Hennebery Eddy associate principal Jon McGrew, AIA, in leading D-B initiatives for the firm. McGrew earned his Design-Build Professional certification in 2014; at that time, he was one of only two architects in Oregon with the full credential. Osborne and McGrew are active in the Oregon chapter of the DBIA.
Hennebery Eddy’s portfolio includes more than $100 million in recent private and public design-build projects. In 2016, the firm was recognized with a National Merit Award for its design-build renovation of the Oregon Department of State Lands office with Fortis Construction.
Two Hennebery Eddy teams presented in April at the 2018 Pacific Regional Conference of the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP), sharing takeaways from two recent academic projects, and offering participants actionable tools for their own campus planning projects.
Master Planning for Aspirational Outcomes: Rogue Community College Master Plan
A good campus master plan goes beyond infrastructure and site selection; it can impact the vision, strategy and growth trajectory of an educational institution. For Rogue Community College, Hennebery Eddy led a series of visioning workshops to plan for the future needs of the Table Rock Campus. On a compressed timeline, the team helped RCC articulate a project charter using integrated planning strategies. The team analyzed enrollment and classroom utilization data to make informed programming decisions, and conducted future vision planning, or “backcasting,” to identify a target future outcome, and work backwards to articulate the steps and processes needed to achieve that outcome.
Rogue Community College President Cathy Kemper-Pelle introduced the session, summarizing RCC’s main strategies for integrating industry partners and creating real-world work scenarios in the classroom. Gregg Sanders, associate principal and a leader in academic master planning and project management, then led SCUP session attendees through establishing a project charter, which can be used as a reference and touch point throughout the project decision-making process. He also conducted a backcasting exercise, which enables varying stakeholders to work beyond their current planning constraints and reconcile disparate goals with other decision-makers by working toward a shared vision. Interior designer Ashley Nored reviewed how the team gathered input from different user groups, accommodated RCC’s program priorities with student needs, and developed a phased plan for implementation.
Design Week Portland is an anticipated annual event in the design community, bringing together architects, artists, makers, and creators to explore design across disciplines and scales. This year, Hennebery Eddy hosted our first DWP open house, giving attendees a chance to visit our studio and see our work — and explore resilient design in the built environment.
Resiliency and resilient design are increasingly part of the discussion among building owners, consultants, and regulatory organizations. Similarly, “The Big One” and disaster preparedness are gaining more attention in public discourse. We noticed a gap in the discussion within the broader design community and felt Design Week was an opportunity to begin making connections between industry experts and Portland citizens in addressing these complex issues.
The Portland Art Museum has selected Hennebery Eddy Architects as the Architect of Record for the museum’s renovation and expansion to provide enhanced access to the museum for people of all ages, including those with disabilities.
The project is currently in a due diligence, pre-design, and fundraising phase. Hennebery Eddy will collaborate with the Design Architect, Vinci Hamp Architects of Chicago, to develop the scope of work for the project and to refine design concepts first unveiled in 2015.
The art museum design concept articulates a connections-driven campus with the proposed new Rothko Pavilion at its center. More information can be found on the museum’s project website.
How can you be a positive force in the world? What can you do to improve your community, your project, your planet, or your life? This was the topic for Hennebery Eddy’s Earth Day celebration, a festive pin-up sharing our net-positive impact stories.
In our office work, we aspire to design net-positive spaces that reflect and respond to the natural environment and the people who use them. The result is a healthy, efficient, and adaptive net-positive outcome for clients, users, and the planet. In our pin-up, we reflected on that mission — and took it a step further, by looking at our personal net-positive experiences, too.
This topic has been on our minds as we wrap up participation in another inspiring EcoChallenge with the Northwest Earth Institute and Project Drawdown. From lessons learned on our design projects, to reflections on our connection to the natural world and tips we picked up from Drawdown’s research or our own, here’s what we shared.
When you buy packaged food at the grocery store, you can check the nutrition label to see what’s inside. Similarly, Hennebery Eddy design staff research Environmental and Health Product Declaration (EPD and HPD) labels to evaluate the life-cycle environmental impacts of the building materials and finishes we specify on our projects.
And now, anyone can see “what’s inside” the business of Hennebery Eddy through our JUST label.
Historical architect, urban design advocate recognized for historic preservation achievements and contributions to profession and society
Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc., is pleased to announce that Principal David E. Wark has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows. Elevation to Fellow is the highest honor awarded by the AIA and recognizes significant achievements of the individual and contributions to both the profession of architecture and society on a national level. David joins approximately 3 percent of AIA members who have earned this recognition.
Throughout his 40-year career, David has successfully resolved the inherent tension between maintaining the integrity of historic places and the necessity of accommodating change. His preservation efforts have resulted in renewed opportunities for education, a revival in recreation activities, and revitalized neighborhoods via the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties. David’s design approach has benefitted public libraries, colleges and universities, and national park properties; in his role as a City of Portland Design Commissioner and chairperson, he influenced hundreds of urban design and development efforts.
Firm names associate principal and two associates, recognizing specialized expertise and contributions to firm operations and project leadership
Hennebery Eddy Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of three staff members. Alexander Lungershausen, AIA, was promoted to associate principal, and Heidi Bertman, AIA, and Patrick Boyle, AIA, were named associates.