Building the Future of Historic Preservation: Teaching a Course on Building Preservation Plans

Nestled on a hilltop above Skyline Boulevard in Southwest Portland, the Aubrey Watzek House sits quietly, almost as a suspended moment of early modernism just minutes from downtown Portland. The Watzek House, designed by renowned Oregon architect John Yeon and built in 1937, is his masterpiece in wood and the precursor to Pacific Northwest Regional Modernism. The house is now owned by the University of Oregon’s College of Design.

This famous house has carefully articulated use guidelines — and designation as a National Historic Landmark and a local City of Portland landmark. But the house, like any aging structure, is showing its susceptibility to age and the Pacific Northwest elements. While a roof replacement is planned for the short term, the Watzek House requires a long-term preservation plan that takes a proactive approach to anticipating, planning for, and implementing maintenance and repairs that retain the historic building’s integrity. A comprehensive look at the building’s current condition, use, and its future is also long overdue. This need is the impetus behind a graduate-level historic preservation planning course taught by principal David Wark and associate Carin Carlson at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture & Environment Historic Preservation Program.

A group of historic preservation planning students stand on the lawn outside of a the Aubrey Watzek House, an example of Pacific Northwest regional Modernism.
Students outside the Aubrey Watzek House in Portland, Ore.

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

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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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Restore Oregon’s DeMuro Award Honors Chapman Hall for Exceptional Historic Rehabilitation

Hennebery Eddy’s rehabilitation of the c.1939 Chapman Hall at the University of Oregon garnered a 2018 DeMuro Award from Restore Oregon, a nonprofit that advocates for preservation and reuse of historic structures. The DeMuro Awards honor extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects across Oregon, recognizing the creativity, persistence, and craftsmanship required by outstanding restoration projects.

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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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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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Clackamas Community College Harmony Campus Expansion Update

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Construction for the second academic building on Clackamas Community College’s Harmony campus broke ground this fall, bringing the institution a step closer to creating a community-centric campus. Hennebery Eddy worked closely with the College to design a new academic building anchored in community and student experience. The accessible site fosters relationship to the broader community, including the Three-Creeks Natural Area; the building will streamline the student experience by creating a centralized hub for health science programs. To learn more about the project’s progress, read the Business Tribune’s latest article here: Hennebery Eddy Architects design college campus expansion.

Restore Oregon’s DeMuro Award Honors Strand Ag Hall as a Top Restoration Project in Oregon

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Restore Oregon, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Oregon’s historic resources, announced the winners of its 2016 DeMuro Awards for historic restoration architecture, which included Hennebery Eddy’s Strand Agriculture Hall at Oregon State University. Named for the late developer Art DeMuro, the DeMuro Awards honor historic rehabilitation projects throughout the state of Oregon that demonstrate “exceptional quality, creativity and community impact from the restoration and reuse of historic properties.”

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Montana State University Celebrates LEED Gold Certification

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For client Montana State University, this spring marked the one-year anniversary of the opening of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and coincided with the College’s celebration and unveiling of its LEED Gold Certification and plaque. Click through to see video of the space, and read this article to learn about its energy-efficient design features and how it’s used as a living laboratory for student research. Congratulations to MSU!