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.
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.
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.
Oregon State University’s Strand Agriculture Hall, a 100-year-old historic classroom building, is featured in College Planning & Management Magazine: “Historic Renovations.” Learn more about how Hennebery Eddy balanced historic rehabilitation and Universal Access solutions here: College of Planning & Management: Strand Ag Hall.
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.”