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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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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Hennebery Eddy Architects to Design Clackamas Fire Station 16

Clackamas Fire Station 16 fire station architect Hennebery Eddy
Hennebery Eddy Architects Rendering

Firefighters serving the Hilltop area of Oregon City will have a new fire station to call home in mid-2018. Clackamas Fire District #1 has selected Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc., to design the new Fire Station 16, which will replace the existing 1970s facility on the same site. Currently in the design phase, the new Fire Station 16 will house up to eight fire fighters and the battalion chief, and will include a larger apparatus bay to house a new ladder truck. The 12,000-square-foot critical facility will also support district training activities.

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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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