adaptive reuse

Hennebery Eddy Designs Adaptive Reuse of 1911 Building into Hip KEX Hotel

At one of the most trafficked corners in Portland – the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Couch, just past the Burnside bridgehead – sits a three-story, wood-framed structure with a brick exterior. The building has anchored this spot for more than 100 years, but only recently has it become a destination. With much fanfare, the KEX hotel opened here in November 2019, offering a unique experience that was many years in the making.

Hennebery Eddy designed the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of this historic building, which formerly housed The Vivian apartments, into a hostel with a ground-floor gastropub for the Icelandic brand KEX and local restaurant group ChefStable. Guest rooms on the second and third floors offer a variety of private and shared accommodations, while the open ground floor hosts casual dining and a constant stream of musical acts — a key focus of the KEX model. The hostel also features a courtyard with exterior seating and a stunning red neon sign, a rooftop bar and a community gathering room – Gym & Tonic – and conveniences for travelers like a sauna, shared kitchen and laundry rooms, and bike storage.

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Interning with Hennebery Eddy’s Historic Resources Group

Hennebery Eddy hosted two interns this summer, both of whom are working on Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Oregon – Portland focused on historic preservation. In this two-part series, Michael Moran and Shannon Hines share highlights from their historic preservation internship and takeaways from their time with the firm. Read on for Michael’s experience, and click here to read about Shannon’s internship.

Michael Moran, left, and Shannon Hines, far right, completed historic preservation internships this summer with the Historic Resources Group at Hennebery Eddy Architects.
Michael Moran, left, and Shannon Hines, far right, interned this summer with the Historic Resources Group at Hennebery Eddy Architects.

I was first introduced to Hennebery Eddy through my second studio at U of O in Portland. We adopted Hennebery Eddy’s Albina Vision urban design concept and focused on the design of a cultural building that would connect the Rose Quarter to the Willamette River by spanning a plaza over Interstate Avenue. The studio collaborated with the Portland Opera for the program. It was great to have Tim come in to present the urban vision, and to have such an aspirational framework to provide inspiration for our designs. I like the philosophy of the firm, especially the commitment to thinking about the long-term life of a building.

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Portland Art Museum Expansion Enhances Accessibility and Connection to City

Portland firm Hennebery Eddy Architects draws on local urban design, regulatory and historic preservation experience, collaborates with Chicago-based Vinci Hamp Architects for design of Rothko Pavilion

Sketch of one conceptual option for the Rothko Pavilion. The design supports the museum’s goals of new and enhanced art, program and public space.
Sketch of one conceptual option for the Rothko Pavilion.

The Portland Art Museum and its acclaimed collections will become more accessible to both visitors and passersby through the design of its new Rothko Pavilion. The pavilion, an addition announced in 2016, will connect the Museum’s existing Main and Mark buildings and add 30,000 square feet of community and exhibition space. The updated expansion design concept incorporates the existing Madison Street passageway between 10th and Park Avenues into a sheltered, public passageway with views into the community commons and Museum gallery spaces. Portland architecture firm Hennebery Eddy Architects is collaborating with Chicago-based Vinci Hamp Architects on the design; their work evolves the original 2015 concept to advance the museum’s goals of new and enhanced art, program and public space, and increased accessibility within and through the museum, as well as support Portland’s urban landscape.

“This expansion is an exciting opportunity to add and improve spaces for art and education as well as increase access to the renowned cultural treasures and programs of the Portland Art Museum,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director and Chief Curator of the Museum.

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Principal David E. Wark Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Historical architect, urban design advocate recognized for historic preservation achievements and contributions to profession and society

Compilation of architecture projects led by David Wark
L-R: Kenton Library; Astoria Column stair replacement; The Reserve; OSU Strand Agriculture Hall; David E. Wark, FAIA

Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc., is pleased to announce that Principal David E. Wark has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows. Elevation to Fellow is the highest honor awarded by the AIA and recognizes significant achievements of the individual and contributions to both the profession of architecture and society on a national level. David joins approximately 3 percent of AIA members who have earned this recognition.

Throughout his 40-year career, David has successfully resolved the inherent tension between maintaining the integrity of historic places and the necessity of accommodating change. His preservation efforts have resulted in renewed opportunities for education, a revival in recreation activities, and revitalized neighborhoods via the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties. David’s design approach has benefitted public libraries, colleges and universities, and national park properties; in his role as a City of Portland Design Commissioner and chairperson, he influenced hundreds of urban design and development efforts.

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Restoring Community, Livability and Equity: Albina Vision

Throughout Portland’s history, the area now known as the Rose Quarter has seen significant transformation. These drastic changes, while beneficial to specific uses and groups, have often carried significant consequences, including decades of displacement – the uprooting of thousands of residents and small business owners, many of them Black or other minorities. Today, the Rose Quarter serves as an efficient events district, absorbing and releasing large surges of visitors. However, during non-event days and times, the district is vacant — an uninhabitable island within the city.

When Hennebery Eddy was invited to help develop a physical and economic vision for the district, we recognized the opportunity to use design to reflect the needs, goals and aspirations of a community, convey possibilities for integrating the district into the city, and incorporate the relationships and connections to nearby sites, prompting community conversation and input.

Rendering of plaza concept for Albina Vision urban planning effort in Portland, Oregon. Couple walking along open space with building on horizon.

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Hennebery Eddy helps TriMet update Blue Line MAX facilities, starting with Gresham City Hall station

Hennebery Eddy is working with CH2M providing transportation architecture services as part of the upgrades to facilities along the TriMet MAX Blue Line, Portland’s light rail line system that has been in operation for more than 30 years. Along with conducting studies to incorporate a new faregate system, we also developed a “menu” of improvement options for the platform components, including shelter roofs, platform buildings, art glass wind screens, stairways, railings, paving, signage, and lighting.

TriMet Blue MAX Line Gresham City Hall Station transportation architecture

photo courtesy of TriMet

The Gresham City Hall station was the first on the Blue Line to be completed and opened this summer. It includes a clear fare zone, improves safety and visibility, and reflects standardization in components, signs, amenities, and finishes that are also low-maintenance and durable. For a closer look at the new station, hop over to the TriMet blog, How We Roll, for a video and more details.

Hennebery Eddy has a history of successful transportation architecture and transit design projects, ranging from the award-winning South Terminus to a dramatic expansion at Portland International Airport.

Celebrating 25 Years: People | Values | Future

Hennebery Eddy Architects celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. It’s a milestone we’re marking throughout the year by celebrating the people who have contributed to and share in our success, the values that ground our practice and manifest in our design work, and the future that we anticipate sharing with our community of consultants, owners, clients, colleagues, and friends.

On September 14, we welcomed nearly 300 guests to the Garden at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Portland to celebrate, reconnect, and toast to building the future of Portland and the region together. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

View highlights from the event below, and for more images from the celebration, visit the complete gallery from photographer Kim Nguyen.

Hennebery Eddy Architects President Timothy R. Eddy Elevated to College of Fellows by American Institute of Architects

Hennebery Eddy Architects is pleased to announce that firm President and Founding Principal Timothy R. Eddy has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows. Elevation to Fellow is the highest honor awarded by the American Institute of Architects and recognizes significant achievements of the individual and contributions to both the profession of architecture and society on a national level. Tim joins approximately 3 percent of AIA members who have earned this recognition. He will receive his Fellowship medal in April during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference in Orlando.

Tim founded Hennebery Eddy Architects in 1992 with the late Stephen J. Hennebery. They envisioned a collaborative design firm with room for personal growth and expression. That founding spirit endures today: the firm has more than 50 staff members and has received more than 50 national, regional, and local design awards for its projects throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest. In 2017, the firm celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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Site Visit: TriMet South Terminus

Hennebery Eddy staff recently visited the HEA-Designed TriMet South Terminus to see the installation of 253 Solar World Sunmodule SW-240 polycrystalline panels. The 61 kW capacity system – currently the largest in downtown Portland –  is now fully operational, producing measurable clean energy to power TriMet operations.