Lessons Learned: The Latest in Innovative Interior Design from NeoCon

By Jessy Miguel and Liz Bray, IIDA

Each year, Hennebery Eddy sends members of our interior design team to the NeoCon conference in Chicago, billed as “the world’s leading platform for the commercial design industry.” Jessy and Liz share what they saw at this year’s June show.

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Liz Bray and Jessy Miguel at the Chicago Skydeck during the 2019 NeoCon interior design conference.

It’s well established that beige cubicles are no longer best practice for workplace design. But the world of innovative interior design and planning is constantly progressing to promote experiences that are productive, flexible, and inspiring. Because of Hennebery Eddy’s commitment to net-positive spaces that are healthy, efficient, and adaptive, our interior design team is always keeping tabs on these advancements.

This year, NeoCon showcased a fresh perspective on contract furnishings. We were inspired by the integrity of materials, attention to detail, tactile experience, expressions of structure, and a lighthearted intelligence. The following trends stood out among manufacturers at the show.

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Hennebery Eddy Hires Four Design & Marketing Staff

Hennebery Eddy Architects has expanded its design and marketing teams, adding a project architect, a design staff member, an interior designer, and a graphics coordinator.

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L-R: Andrew Milner; Nick Oelrich, AIA; Liz Bray, NCIDQ; Stephanie Van Dyke

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Oregon Freemasons Dedicate New Private Library

The Oregon Freemasons have existed for more than 150 years, headed by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Oregon. The fraternal order has its origins in the early skilled stone masons of the Middle Ages, who established “lodges” as a way to look out for their ranks. Today, Masons are not limited to skilled laborers, and their focus is primarily charitable giving. They also celebrate history, tradition, and literature — and have quite the collection of books and artifacts on their longtime Forest Grove campus.

And so the Grand Lodge of Oregon envisioned a new library and museum, open to the public and dedicated to the memory of Robert M. Richmond, a former Grand Master, and his love for books and pursuit of knowledge. This spring, the Oregon Freemasons cut the ribbon on this new facility designed by Hennebery Eddy.

The one-story building includes a conference room, a flexible event space, a museum display of various masonic artifacts, and a private library collection of more than 1,000 lineal feet. A brick façade leads to a daylit interior that hosted about 140 Masons and guests for the dedication. In the masonic tradition, members of the Grand Lodge performed a ceremony to verify the building is “plumb, square, and level” according to the tenants of their bricklayer predecessors.

See some snapshots of the grand opening below, and learn more about Hennebery Eddy’s library portfolio here.

Community Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at Two Clackamas Fire District Stations

Hennebery Eddy completes new Fire Stations 16 and 19 in Oregon City and Damascus, Oregon

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Kids stared up in wonder at the shiny red fire engines, positioned in a striking “Z” shape that filled the 80-foot apparatus bay. The firefighters looked pretty excited, too, as they showed off their new digs to the more than 100 community members who gathered for the ribbon cuttings and open houses.

Other than the shift from a soaking-wet, gray winter day to a bright and breezy spring afternoon, the scene was similar for both events at Station 16 in Oregon City and Station 19 in Damascus. These two projects, funded by a Clackamas Fire District bond, represent a meaningful investment in each community and stand as a beacon of resilience and pride. Naturally, it was a time to celebrate.

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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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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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Ash+Ash Home Featured in 7 HOUSES Design Week Exhibition

Ash+Ash, a residential project that integrates contemporary architecture and high-performance sustainable design, is part of the 7 HOUSES exhibition at the Center for Architecture. The exhibition opens this Friday, April 21, and explores the state of Pacific Northwest contemporary architecture through the lens of seven houses by seven Portland architects.

Opening Party
April 21, 2017, 6-8 PM

Design Week Portland Hours
April 23-29, 2017, 10 AM – 5 PM

May 1 – June 30, 2017
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM

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

OSU Strand Ag Hall historic restoration architecture

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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Heidi Bertman, AIA, LEED AP, joins aviation and transportation design team at Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.

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Heidi will work on the Portland International Airport Terminal Balancing and Concourse E Expansion project

In a well-designed airport, travelers don’t have to squint to find their gate, cross their fingers for a nearby restroom, or backtrack for concessions they accidentally passed. The easy travel experience relies on special expertise in aviation architecture, and passengers visiting Portland International Airport will reap the benefits of Hennebery Eddy Architects’ latest hire. Heidi Bertman, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the practice, bringing more than 15 years of experience including a rich portfolio of design-forward aviation and transportation expertise. She’ll work on the Portland International Airport Terminal Balancing and Concourse E Expansion project.

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Welcome gnome: 10-foot-tall PDXGnome lands in Beaverton

 

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Excerpt from The Oregonian for the Cedar Hills Apartments which was recently renovated by Hennebery Eddy Architects:

“The yet-to-be-named gnome was the finishing touch to a $6.5 million renovation to modernize the 43-year-old apartment complex.

The project architect suggested the giant gnome statue after being inspired by a long-time tenant of the complex, who collects gnomes, Ashworth said. The forested complex has a second more traditional gnome in its recreation center and a small one in its office.

‘It’s our mascot,’ Ashworth said. ‘It’s fun. Anything that puts a smile on someone’s face.'”

Read the full article on The Oregonian’s website.