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Author Archives: Chuck Slothower

Oregon building codes now cover mass timber (access required)

Oregon has issued new building codes for mass-timber construction, becoming the first state in the nation to provide an alternate path to regulating tall wood buildings. The new rules come as more developers consider building with cross-laminated timber (CLT). State ...

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Portland team close to breaking ground on cross-laminated timber building (access required)

The long-awaited Framework building is close to taking root in Portland, Ore.’s Pearl District. Portland developer Project^ plans to break ground in early 2018 on the 11-story mixed-use building. Framework will be the United States’ tallest building to use cross-laminated ...

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Portland forges new program for affordable commercial space (access required)

The city of Portland is forging a new program to provide affordable commercial space in city-owned buildings. The Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program will offer leases below market rate and technical assistance to selected commercial tenants, with a preference for businesses ...

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Preparing for the big one (access required)

The Portland City Council is preparing to consider a policy that would require owners of unreinforced brick buildings to retrofit them, and building owners are urging the city to provide financing. Portland has 1,644 unreinforced masonry buildings, according to a ...

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Technology speeds up the design process (access required)

One constant in architecture is the need to deal with large amounts of data. However, in the past five years, advances in geographic information system (GIS) software have made the task of processing information much faster.“When building models, it would ...

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Retail to office: ‘An opportunity with every vacancy’ (access required)

On the third floor of Pioneer Place, in downtown Portland, a transformation is taking place that is being replicated across the nation. WeWork, a co-working company, is taking 34,000 square feet of former retail space in the shopping mall. In ...

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A lifestyle project for the cannabis crowd (access required)

Portland, Ore. may be about to see what the next generation of marijuana facilities looks like. A group of entrepreneurs is proposing to build an indoor and outdoor marijuana growing facility, a retail storefront, a research and development building and ...

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Portland multifamily design work is waning (access required)

Portland architecture firms are facing a sharp downturn in multifamily housing work as the city phases in new inclusionary housing rules. The lack of design work for new apartment projects is just one unintended consequence of the city’s inclusionary housing ...

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Seattle firm seeks tenants for Portland complex, but not cars (access required)

As Portland moves forward with ridding city code of parking minimums, a Seattle-area firm is heavily investing in a series of urban studio apartment buildings with no parking. The developer’s plans are not dependent on city officials’ decision, enacted in ...

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Residential real estate connection formed online through Oregon company (access required)

A Lake Oswego, Ore. company, Zeppidy, has launched an online platform that aims to bring Realtors, buyers and sellers together with services such as document signing and Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, data. The web platform aims to go a ...

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