Earth Day 2018: Sharing Our Net-Positive Impact Stories

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.

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Social Responsibility: Promoting Equity Through ‘Just’ Transparency Label

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.

Hennebery Eddy received a JUST label from the International Living Future Institute; see a full-size label here

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Principal David E. Wark Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Historical architect, urban design advocate recognized for historic preservation achievements and contributions to profession and society.

Compilation of architecture projects led by David Wark
L-R: Kenton Library, Astoria Column stair replacement, The Reserve, Strand Agriculture Hall, David E. Wark, FAIA

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 three 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.

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Hennebery Eddy Architects Promotes Three

Firm names associate principal and two associates, recognizing specialized expertise and contributions to firm operations and project leadership

Head shots of Hennebery Eddy staff members Alexander Lungershausen, Heidi Bertman, and Patrick Boyle
L-R: Alexander Lungershausen, AIA, Heidi Bertman, AIA, Patrick Boyle, AIA

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.

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Community Service: Volunteering with Portland’s ReBuilding Center

Portland’s ReBuilding Center is a community development resource that uses building and remodeling materials to create positive outcomes in the Portland area.

As part of their DeConstruction program, crews glean reusable materials from demolition sites, salvaging about 85% of a building’s parts. These materials are taken to a re-processing lot, where volunteers remove nails, screws, staples, and the like.

The ReBuilding Center then uses this lumber in the construction of tiny homes for the houseless, as instruction material for their award-winning ReFind Education Program, or for re-sale in the ReBuilding Center’s public store at 40-90% off market value. It’s the triple bottom line of sustainability in action — environmental, economic, and social — and that’s the kind of community service we get behind.

As part of the firm’s annual Day of Service participation on Martin Luther King Day, our in-house Sustainability Committee organized a group volunteer shift at the processing lot. We liked it so much, we’re headed back on President’s Day for a second shift.

Hennebery Eddy pays for staff to volunteer up to 8 workday hours on MLK Day (or President’s Day) with an organization of their choice. Beyond our group activity, our staff also helped plant trees, weatherized homes for seniors, and lent a hand at local schools. These efforts are part of our net-positive philosophy in creating a better community around our business.

Hennebery Eddy Architects to Design New Bonneville Power Administration Fleet Services Building

Firm will draw upon its proven track record to deliver sustainable building design and safer industrial work site for agency’s new Ross Complex facility

Bonneville Power Administration employees at the utility’s Ross Complex are getting a safer, simpler and more efficient workplace. The power utility that services more than seven states and 300,000 square miles across the Pacific Northwest has selected Hennebery Eddy Architects to lead a major facilities upgrade at its Ross Complex in Vancouver, Wash. When complete, the site will include distinct zones for heavy equipment, personal vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, and a new 45,000-square-foot fleet services building with separate repair and administrative spaces.

Presently, equipment that is too large or complex to maintain at BPA’s regional heavy mobile equipment maintenance (HMEM) facilities must return to the Ross Complex for maintenance and repairs. While the existing fleet services building houses the appropriate repair tools, none of its nine service stalls include pull-through bays, and the ceiling height prevents indoor repair of some specialized fleet vehicles. This requires some service to be performed outdoors, causing delays and increasing risk of injury due to inclement weather.

The new building design will accommodate the disassembly and indoor repair of extending heavy equipment in 10 pass-through bays. The entire service area, oriented along a single east-west building axis, will reduce vehicle repositioning and organization time with pass-through bays, putting regional equipment back in the field more quickly. The building’s north-south circulation axis will house administrative and break spaces and serve as an access barrier to the service section of the facility. Upon completion of the new building, the existing 20,000-square-foot art deco-era fleet services facility will be repurposed by BPA.

BPA’s new fleet services building will be designed to perform efficiently to reduce ongoing operations and maintenance costs and conserve resources. The project is the agency’s first CM/GC effort. Hoffman Construction is serving as general contractor, with structural, civil, mechanical/electrical, and geotechnical engineering from Equilibrium Engineers, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Systems West Engineers and GRI and landscape architecture from Lango Hansen.

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Construction Specifications, Certifications & the In-House Spec Writer

An experienced, well-rounded architect knows that good architecture goes beyond design itself. Successful buildings – those that serve their occupants well and are constructed of high-quality materials able to stand the test of time – incorporate the specialized expertise of a specifications writer. An often overlooked and increasingly outsourced position, the spec writer is an invaluable member of the in-house design team. In this post, Associate Principal Alexander Lungershausen, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED BD+C, explains the role of the construction specifications writer, the benefits of having in-house expertise, and yes, what all the letters after his name actually mean.

 

How/why did you become involved in CSI Portland?

As an architect, I’ve always had an inherent interest in the technical aspects of the profession and how they influence design. I was originally educated in Germany, where the technical side of this industry is as highly regarded and taught as the artistic side. In 2001, a colleague in the office where I was working invited everyone to attend technical presentations put on by CSI Portland. I began to attend these presentations regularly, and eventually became the specifications writer at that firm. I also became more and more involved with CSI, becoming a committee leader and then a board member. While drawings tell you where elements are in a building’s design, specifications tell you what  those elements are. Specifications control the quality and the workmanship in the execution of a project.  A building that is assembled well performs well, which leads to return commissions.

In-house specifications writer at Hennebery Eddy Architects examining architectural drawings at a desk.

 

What led to you pursue certification as a CCS and CCCA?

Initially I became a Certified Document Technologist (CDT). That certification demonstrates an understanding of the documents and the relationships between all the parties who are involved in the construction of a project. Passing the CDT exam is a prerequisite for CSI’s advanced certifications.

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Restoring Community, Livability and Equity: Albina Vision

Throughout Portland’s history, the area now known as the Rose Quarter has seen significant transformation. These drastic changes, while beneficial to specific uses and groups, have often carried significant consequences, including decades of displacement – the uprooting of thousands of residents and small business owners, many of them Black or other minorities. Today, the Rose Quarter serves as an efficient events district, absorbing and releasing large surges of visitors. However, during non-event days and times, the district is vacant — an uninhabitable island within the city.

When Hennebery Eddy was invited to help develop a physical and economic vision for the district, we recognized the opportunity to use design to reflect the needs, goals and aspirations of a community, convey possibilities for integrating the district into the city, and incorporate the relationships and connections to nearby sites, prompting community conversation and input.

Rendering of plaza concept for Albina Vision urban planning effort in Portland, Oregon. Couple walking along open space with building on horizon.

 

A group of engaged citizens and community leaders collaborated over six months, conducted five in depth work sessions to review the history of the district, its current configuration and status, the range of prior proposals and current studies under way, articulate values and develop a physical framework for the future. Supported by project leader Zari Santner and Hennebery Eddy Architects, and with economic analysis by Abe Farkas, the work sessions brought together people with a depth of knowledge about Portland, urban planning and development, finance, and community interest. These advocates of the city were given no specific development agendas, free to establish their own standard of a successful outcome.

The resulting Albina Vision is not prescriptive, but rather is a framework to foster the growth of a diverse, sustainable, urban district – on par with great neighborhoods of the world. It includes short, mid- and long-term goals, considerations and aspirations that address transportation infrastructure, the built environment, and what it means to foster a diverse, sustainable community.

For more site plans and conceptual renderings, visit the Albina Vision project page. Press coverage includes articles in The Skanner and DJC Oregon (login required).

Holiday Greetings

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re filled with gratitude for a year of projects that have reached significant milestones; strong new and long-standing relationships with building owners, contractors, and vendors; and colleagues who are a joy to work with. We celebrated the firm’s 25th anniversary, welcomed new staff, and cheered each others’ achievements — and anticipate all that 2018 will bring.

From all of us at Hennebery Eddy Architects, happy holidays!

Pictured: Snaps from our quarterly all-office lunch, white elephant gift exchange, and annual “Elf Cart” festivities

Hennebery Eddy Architects Hires Three

New staff members deepen firm’s architectural, interior design and historic preservation expertise

Hennebery Eddy new staff members Meeghan Hart, Josette Katcha, and Rebecca Driscoll
L-R: Meeghan Hart, AIA; Josette Katcha; Rebecca Driscoll

Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc., welcomed three staff members to the firm this summer, expanding its architectural and project teams.

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