Portland Art Museum Expansion Enhances Accessibility and Connection to City

Portland firm Hennebery Eddy Architects draws on local urban design, regulatory and historic preservation experience, collaborates with Chicago-based Vinci Hamp Architects for design of Rothko Pavilion

Sketch of one conceptual option for the Rothko Pavilion. The design supports the museum’s goals of new and enhanced art, program and public space.
Sketch of one conceptual option for the Rothko Pavilion.

The Portland Art Museum and its acclaimed collections will become more accessible to both visitors and passersby through the design of its new Rothko Pavilion. The pavilion, an addition announced in 2016, will connect the Museum’s existing Main and Mark buildings and add 30,000 square feet of community and exhibition space. The updated expansion design concept incorporates the existing Madison Street passageway between 10th and Park Avenues into a sheltered, public passageway with views into the community commons and Museum gallery spaces. Portland architecture firm Hennebery Eddy Architects is collaborating with Chicago-based Vinci Hamp Architects on the design; their work evolves the original 2015 concept to advance the museum’s goals of new and enhanced art, program and public space, and increased accessibility within and through the museum, as well as support Portland’s urban landscape.

“This expansion is an exciting opportunity to add and improve spaces for art and education as well as increase access to the renowned cultural treasures and programs of the Portland Art Museum,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director and Chief Curator of the Museum.

“As we begin the next phase of our planning for the Rothko Pavilion and campus expansion and renovations, we are thrilled to add Hennebery Architects, a celebrated firm with relevant, local experience navigating the intricacies of Portland urban design and regulatory processes, to our design team. Architect Pietro Belluschi designed the Portland Art Museum’s original buildings in 1932, 1939 and 1970. Hennebery Eddy is an ideal partner on this project due in large part to their deep knowledge of Belluschi’s work, demonstrated by their skillful renovation and expansion of Portland’s Federal Reserve building, also designed by Belluschi, and current work on the Belluschi Architectural Resource Center at the Oregon Historical Society. The firm is also highly skilled at sensitively integrating universal access into culturally significant historic buildings. We look forward to working with Hennebery Eddy and Vinci Hamp to finalize a design on this landmark project that will serve our community for generations.”

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Teamwork, Trust & Achieving the Benefits of Design-Build Delivery

By Jon McGrew, AIA, DBIA

Jon is an associate principal and key leader in our civic and cultural, academic, and commercial projects. He is president-elect of the Oregon chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America and was one of the first architects in Oregon to be fully certified by the DBIA.

Design-build project delivery has existed for many years and is common in other states, but the method is still new to many public agencies and other owners in Oregon. Preparing a project for D-B procurement may seem overwhelming at first — but we believe it presents the greatest potential for success.

Design-build offers unique benefits that can only be achieved through the kind of constant teamwork afforded by having a single, cohesive team of designers, builders, and owners — a team where everyone gets to pick their partners. Progressive D-B in particular encourages teams to form based on trust and past experience successfully working together.

design-build delivery benefits educational presentation
Jon McGrew, Nick Byers, and Alan Osborne share design-build principles and best practices with fellow Hennebery Eddy staff. The three are involved with the DBIA Oregon chapter.

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Hennebery Eddy Welcomes Four Design Staff Members

Hennebery Eddy welcomes design staff members Jamie Huffman, Jason Smith, Jenny Ordonez, Matt Nicholson
L-R: Jamie Huffman, Jason Smith, Jenny Ordonez, Matt Nicholson

Hennebery Eddy is pleased to welcome the newest members of our design staff!

Jamie Huffman, LEED AP, brings institutional, commercial, and workplace design and project management experience from design roles in Portland and San Diego. Jamie’s work at Hennebery Eddy includes an 18,500-square-foot cafeteria and common area expansion of a corporate facility in Washington County and work with the General Services Administration. Prior to joining the firm, Jamie also owned a business that designed and fabricated custom furniture for residential and commercial clients. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.

Jason Smith joined Hennebery Eddy after working in Vancouver, BC, on mixed-use, transit-oriented development, and for design firms in Detroit, where he worked on higher education and library projects. At Hennebery Eddy, Jason is a member of the design team for the Portland Art Museum Rothko Pavilion. Jason is an experienced still and animated renderer. He is a LEED Green Associate and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia.

Jenny Ordonez is applying her experience in educational building design and 3D modeling to a learning space project for Rogue Community College, and a historic rehabilitation/adaptive re-use hospitality project for KEX and Greenlight Development in Portland. Jenny has Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is a LEED Green Associate.

Matt Nicholson is combining his passion for the outdoors with design through work on the rehabilitation of an historic dormitory in Mammoth, WY, and a new maintenance facility in the Lake Historic District in Yellowstone National Park. Matt completed his bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from the University of Oregon, spent time in Colorado as a trail crew volunteer for Americorps, and returned to UO to earn his Master of Architecture. He is a LEED Green Associate.

Lessons Learned: THERM and an Evolution of Wall Assemblies

By Mike Meade, AIA

Mike is a senior project architect with 18 years of experience and is a member of our in-house building enclosure committee, which provides envelope resources and technical support to our project teams. He sits on the board of the Portland Building Enclosure Council and is currently working on the PDX Terminal Balancing and Concourse E Extension project, discussed at the end of this post.

I attended a training from Passive House Canada on THERM software, which was developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for evaluating heat transfer through building components. Using THERM, you can model 2-D heat-transfer effects in components at building interfaces like windows, walls, foundations, roofs, and doors. Heat-transfer analysis allows you to evaluate a product’s energy efficiency and local temperature patterns, which may relate directly to problems with condensation, moisture damage, and structural integrity.

After the training, I was hungry to share the software and give our project teams a better way to evaluate details for thermal performance. I also thought about buildings I have built over my career. I’ve worked on buildings with many types of walls — some just to meet code, some just to meet the budget, and some to create the highest possible performance. I used THERM to evaluate these assemblies to see how we fared.

R-value measures the ability to prevent heat transfer. The higher the number, the better.

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Campus Planning and Higher Education Design Expert Joins Hennebery Eddy Architects

Associate principal Jane Barker, AIA, deepens firm’s experience in higher education and academic architecture, reinforces studio’s commitment to net-positive and sustainable design

Hennebery Eddy Architects associate principal Jane Barker, AIA, higher education design expert
Hennebery Eddy Architects associate principal Jane Barker, AIA

Students, staff, and faculty at colleges and universities throughout the Pacific Northwest and along the West Coast have benefited from architect Jane Barker’s campus planning and academic project leadership. The veteran higher education architect has designed more than 700,000 square feet of classroom, residential, and community spaces on more than a dozen college and university campuses. Now, Barker is bringing her experience to Hennebery Eddy as an associate principal, reinforcing the firm’s commitment to creating high-performance, energy-efficient, and award-winning learning spaces that inspire.

“Having worked as both an owner’s representative and as a design partner, Jane is uniquely qualified to anticipate and accommodate the priorities of our clients, while continuing to push the boundaries of design-forward, sustainable solutions,” said Tim Eddy, principal and president at Hennebery Eddy. “In addition, her leadership developing design and performance standards, including systems to achieve net-zero energy, water, and waste infrastructure, and her campus planning experience dovetail with the firm’s net-positive approach to design.”

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What the Architects Architect and What Interior Designers Design: Hennebery Eddy and afo’s Architects in Schools

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.

Students completed a self-assessment at the beginning of the program, sharing their knowledge and learning goals.

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Portland’s Proposed URM Mandate and Historic Rehabilitation: What Building Owners Can Do Now

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.

The Vivian Apartments, historically known as the Alco Apartments, constructed in 1912 and located in NE Portland. As part of a larger renovation effort, which includes seismic reinforcement of the URM structure, Hennebery Eddy is completing Federal Tax Credit and State of Oregon Special Assessment applications for the property. Hennebery Eddy helped list the property on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Image courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects Expands Leadership in Design-Build Project Delivery

Principal Alan Osborne named Associate Design-Build Professional™

Alan Osborne, AIA, vice president and principal at Hennebery Eddy Architects, is a certified 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.

Designing for the Student User Experience: Hennebery Eddy Presents at SCUP

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.

Hennebery Eddy interior designer Ashley Nored chats with SCUP session attendees about the integrated master planning process.
Interior designer Ashley Nored chats with session attendees on how to make aspirational goals a reality through an integrated master planning process.

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Design Week Portland Open House

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.

Guests were greeted by hand-drawn map of predicted earthquake ground shaking for the Portland metro area (magnitude 6.8).

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