The Portland Building

  • Client

    • Howard S. Wright
  • Project Type

  • Area

    • 345,000 ft²

Design Achievement – The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves and built in 1982 as administrative offices for the City of Portland, is an award winning iconic design of Post Modern architecture. The building was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a building of “exceptional importance,” but it faced problems with its structure, exterior, and operational systems that repairs alone could not address. The City hired DLR Group and Howard S. Wright as the Progressive Design Build Team tasked with reconstructing the Portland Building, protecting and preserving this major public investment by the end of 2020. The project creates an adaptable building that will last 50-100 years, providing a productive work environment for employees and a welcoming space for community members. 

Scope Summary – The Portland Building is a 15-story high-rise building occupied by approximately 1400 workers primarily with City bureaus and Multnomah County offices. The building is approximately 360,000 SF plus basement. Design services began in July 2016, running through July 2018, with GMP set by mid-2018. DLR Group provided architectural services, change management, environmental graphics, exterior skin replacement, interior workplace and shear wall relocation.