Structural Steel Construction Complete at PDX Concourse E Extension

Milestone marks midway point for construction of the 148,000-square-foot Concourse E extension at Portland International Airport, anticipated to open mid-2020

Construction workers watch a steel beam being placed by a crane at Portland International Airport.
Part of #pdxnext, construction workers placed the last piece of structural steel on PDX’s Concourse E Extension. Photo courtesy of Jerry McCarthy, Port of Portland.

Construction workers placed the last piece of structural steel for the 148,000-square-foot expansion of Concourse E at Portland International Airport Thursday, Feb. 21. Part of the Port of Portland’s PDXNext program, a series of updates and upgrades to deliver a convenient, comfortable, uniquely PDX experience for travelers and employees now and into the future, the Concourse E expansion extends 830 feet east along the airport’s entry drive, adding six passenger gates and balancing the number of passengers using the north and south sides of the airport. The $215 million project began construction in 2017 and is on schedule to open mid-2020.

Poised as an impactful gateway to the airport, the Concourse E extension will create a memorable entry to PDX, named Best Domestic Airport by Travel + Leisure for the sixth consecutive year in 2018. The project also includes additional concessions, restrooms, support spaces, and amenities. Representatives from Portland International Airport, Skanska, Hennebery Eddy Architects, and Fentress Architects attended a topping-out ceremony, placing a signed beam to mark the occasion.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects Hires CFO; Associate Principal named to City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission

Hennebery Eddy Architects CFO Kim Davis and associate principal Andrew Smith, AIA,
CFO Kim Davis, and associate principal Andrew Smith, AIA

Hennebery Eddy Architects has welcomed Kim Davis as its Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager. Davis brings more than 20 years of professional accounting, finance, and operations leadership, including financial analysis and reporting, forecasting, budgeting, and financial modeling. She manages and implements strategic and day-to-day business and financial operations of the firm. Working closely with the leadership team, she is responsible for financial administration and management, firm-wide project financial management oversight, corporate operations, risk management, and oversight of the firm’s administrative team and human resources.

“Kim’s experience and skills are a strong match for the firm as we shape our strategic plan for Hennebery Eddy’s ongoing evolution and growth,” said Tim Eddy, FAIA, firm president.

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Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern: Introducing Madelaine

Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern Madelaine Murray working at Hennebery Eddy Architects. The NZEL internship is funded from a grant from Energy Trust of Oregon.
Net Zero Emerging Leaders intern Madelaine Murray consults with design staff and sustainability committee member Pooja Kashyap.

In 2019, Hennebery Eddy received a Net Zero Emerging Leaders Internship grant from Energy Trust of Oregon to hire a sustainable design student intern to help us comply with our Architecture 2030 Commitment, integrate new sustainable design QC checks throughout our design process, and conduct post-occupancy evaluations focused on building performance. The internship demonstrates our dedication to the 2030 pledge and our broader net-positive philosophy and integrated sustainable design process. In the first of a series of blog posts, intern Madelaine Murray shares her initial reflections from the experience.

I’m Madelaine Murray, a graduate student in the College of Design at the University of Oregon – Portland. One of the advantages to studying in Portland is the ability to work at an architecture firm alongside classes, especially in a city acting as a hub for sustainable culture and mindful design. Hennebery Eddy is a very familiar name at the UO Portland, advocating for net-positive design, and several staff members have served as visiting reviewers for student projects. Hennebery Eddy is certainly a role model for successful projects rooted in context and for utilizing design principles relating to sustainability and thinking long term. University of Oregon encourages students to think beyond the buzzword of “sustainability,” allowing students to focus on many different avenues of design, such as adaptive reuse, resiliency, and energy efficiency. What was enticing about becoming a Net Zero Emerging Leader is advocating for these concepts beyond the academic realm. Reading about a building’s energy use in a textbook is not nearly as impactful as discussing it with a project team aiming reach a specific EUI goal. In a way, the NZEL program lets aspiring architects like me watch these sustainable design principles come to life.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects Promotes Four

Firm names associate principal and three associates, recognizing exceptional project leadership and sustainable design advocacy

L-R: Patrick Boyle, AIA, Michael Meade, AIA, Ashley Nored, NCIDQ, Randall Rieks

Hennebery Eddy Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of four staff members. Patrick Boyle, AIA was promoted to associate principal, and Michael Meade, AIA, Ashley Nored, NCIDQ, and Randall Rieks were named associates. 

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Lessons Learned: A week in the life of a Carleton College extern

Each year, the firm hosts an “extern” from Carleton College. These are undergraduate students who may be interested in pursuing design studies and architect careers, and their 1-2 weeks here are designed to give them a taste of every aspect of our profession. Our most recent extern, Karen Chen, shares reflections from her November externship. Her post has been slightly edited for brevity.

Karen Chen, right, with her externship homestay host at Portland’s Tilikum Crossing bridge.

I had the privilege and pleasure of being dipped into the professional sphere of architecture for a week at Hennebery Eddy Architects. During the externship application process, I was attracted to Hennebery Eddy’s demonstrated core values of innovative design, responsive service, and the obligation that firm members take ownership in their work. They aligned with my developing interests in art, STEM, and environmental and social justice — what would be more complementary than a discipline that uses considerations in aesthetics and physical function to create structures for people to inhabit in the real world?

I was exposed to an eye-opening, informative slice of the architectural industry and what professional life entailed. I gleaned a ton of knowledge and insight about architect careers simply through watching and talking with architects in various roles. Through shadowing, observing meetings, and conversations, I have a firmer handle on topics like entrance into the field, schooling, school-to-career transitions, internships, and career and job development. I both sat in on meetings about projects and accompanied architects who had volunteered to take me to tours of those project sites, including the Clackamas County fire stations, the new PDX terminal, a commercial renovation at Columbia Square, a factory cafeteria, and community college buildings.

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First Annual ‘Net-Positive Awards’ Recognize Sustainable Design Excellence

net-positive energy design awards Hennebery Eddy Architects

In 2018, Hennebery Eddy placed No. 31 on the Architect 50 – a ranking of the top 50 firms in the country – bolstered by our strong showing in the sustainable design category. Our net-positive philosophy and design approach landed us at No. 11 in that category.

We aspire to design net-positive solutions through healthy, efficient, and adaptive spaces that are responsive to our clients, the environment, and the people who use them.

To recognize our project teams’ achievements in healthy, efficient, and adaptive (HEA) design, 2018 also saw us launch an “HEA Net-Positive Awards” program for projects that recently completed design or construction. The 12 entries ranged in size, market, and style and featured net-positive stories that included innovations in daylighting, careful use of mindful materials, historic preservation, and impressive energy use reduction. A panel of five judges from among our staff honored the following projects.

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Merry + Bright: A Hennebery Eddy Holiday

It’s a festive and fun Friday in the Hennebery Eddy studio when we break out the holiday headgear, don our ugly sweaters, and celebrate the season and our staff. This year, our winter quarterly all-staff lunch featured an Italian feast and homemade eclair cake (yum). We launched the first round of HEA Connections, a program designed to foster new relationships among our ever-growing staff. Promotions were announced, recognizing the contributions of new firm associates and associate principals — and everyone got to enjoy a little envelope revealing a year-end bonus.

The giving extended to the community, as we wrapped up our office food drive for the Oregon Food Bank and shared the annual “principals gift,” a donation on behalf of individual staff members to a nonprofit organization in the name of our five principals; this year, we pitched in $1,600 for Friends of the Children. A white elephant gift exchange brought out the wacky, weird, and wonderful. And to top it all off, the famous Hennebery Eddy Elf Cart delivered treats throughout the office.

We hope your holidays are filled with just as much good cheer — and all of us at Hennebery Eddy Architects wish you a happy holidays and prosperous new year!

Photos from our annual holiday festivities and a snippet from our 2018 holiday card

Hennebery Eddy Architects Hires Three

Firm welcomes new designers with sustainable design expertise

New designers at Hennebery Eddy, Erica Thompson, AIA, Kristin Erhardt, and Michael Scott
L-R: Erica Thompson, AIA, Kristin Erhardt, and Michael Scott

Hennebery Eddy Architects has hired three staff members with sustainable design experience, underscoring the firm’s commitment to net-positive and sustainable design solutions.

Erica Thompson, AIA, joined Hennebery Eddy as a project architect, bringing occupant health and wellness and energy efficiency expertise to her work on the renovation of the Columbia Square Building in downtown Portland. Erica has large-scale senior housing, office workspace, and transportation agency master planning experience. She also worked as an energy efficiency consultant, developing and implementing programs to advance energy-efficient products and technologies in the marketplace. Erica is a LEED Green Associate and a member of Hennebery Eddy’s sustainability committee, advancing the firm’s net-positive design process. She serves on the International Living Future Institute Portland Collaborative steering committee, advocating for sustainability at the local policy level. Erica earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

Kristin Erhardt joined the firm as a design staff member, applying a global sustainability perspective gained from living and studying in rural and urban settings around the world. A LEED Green Associate, she is working on a renovation of the Alaska Airlines lounge at Portland International Airport and the renovation of Cordley Hall at Oregon State University. Kristin earned a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Minnesota with a minor in sustainability studies and completed her Master of Architecture with a sustainable technologies focus at the University of Oregon.

Hennebery Eddy also hired Michael Scott as a member of its design staff. Michael takes a holistic, sustainable, community-oriented approach to his design work, drawing on his experience leading education and engagement initiatives for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) California Central Coast Chapter. His project work at Hennebery Eddy includes an administrative building and a training center renovation, both for Clackamas Fire District No. 1. Michael earned his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University with a minor in sustainable environments. He is a LEED Green Associate.

Hennebery Eddy Architects Receives AIA Northwest + Pacific Region Firm Award

Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession of architecture through design excellence and elevating the quality of the built environment

Hennebery Eddy Architects - 2018 Firm Award Recipient from AIA NW+PR

Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc. is honored to receive the 2018 Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects Northwest & Pacific Region (AIA NW+PR). This award distinguishes an architectural practice for excellence in design, contributions to the profession, a record of community engagement, and a commitment to fostering an exceptional work environment.

The award was presented November 15 as part of the 2018 AIA Honolulu Design Symposium. Noted regional strategic council representative Dave Huotari, AIA, during the awards ceremony, “Comments from the jury were that ‘[the firm’s] pure design execution clearly set them apart. Hennebery Eddy Architects was the strongest choice for this award.’”

In the past two years – including the firm’s 25th anniversary year – Hennebery Eddy has achieved a “personal best,” working on the designs of its largest, most sustainable projects to date by its most diverse staff to date, all while seeing business growth. Established 26 years ago, the firm emphasizes a collaborative design process, professional development, and personal growth and expression among staff. This office culture encourages design input from all staff members and clients, resulting in award-winning projects that exceed their goals in design, programmatic response, and sustainable solutions. The practice is also recognized as a JUST Organization through the International Living Future Institute, reflective of a long-standing commitment to net-positive design, social responsibility and workplace equity.

“In receiving the Firm Award, Hennebery Eddy is in the company of firms we have admired since we launched in 1992.  The honor is tremendous and reflects our values, our people, our clients, and our teams and the work we all do together,” said Timothy Eddy, FAIA, firm president.

To explore key ideas and selections from the firm’s award submission, please visit the firm award page.