‘NIR’ (New Industrial Revolution) Center Biotech Labs

In Design

The New Industrial Revolution Center (NIR) will be an anchor of Portland’s emerging innovation district in the Central Eastside Industrial District, providing space for the region’s expanding biotech industry. Hennebery Eddy is leading the biotech building design, which will provide approximately 235,000 square feet of flexible laboratory space and 25,000sf of creative office and shared meeting rooms, along with ground-floor retail.

The design is characterized by simple volumes inspired by the surrounding industrial vernacular and the mass brick style of early American high-rise towers. These forms are re-interpreted with modern materials, including a light-weight weathering steel exterior skin and a mass timber structural system of locally produced mass plywood panels. The innovative hybrid structural system incorporates steel beams into the mass timber floor system, allowing for larger structural bays without impact to floor-to-floor height. NIR is the first Type IV-B construction type under new City of Portland codes.

The 10-story building is organized as two essentially identical towers, joined by a central circulation and mechanical core. This layout optimizes daylighting and views, contributing to healthy indoor spaces ideal for innovation. Designed for life science companies with advanced laboratory requirements, the structure accommodates standardized lab modules for both flexibility and safety. Porches, a terrace, and a private courtyard provide an outdoor connection while creating a break in the simple volumes.