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The year in buildings.

The four winners of BOMA's 1994 office building awards.

Portland Metropolitan BOMA's annual Office Building of the Year awards honor excellence in design, development, leasing and management of office buildings.

Buildings honored this year are in four categories: historical, government, corporate facility and rehabilitated/modernized.

Award Category Historical Building Oregon Square 728/827 Holladay Street Portland, Oregon

The four-building, 129,032-square-foot Oregon Square complex, built in the 1940s, originally housed the Bonneville Power Administration, the Bureau of Land Management and Selective Service System offices.

Oregon Square is strategically located; the Oregon State Office Building is to the south, BPA Headquarters to the east, and the MAX light rail line to the north. The 7th Avenue light rail and Vintage Trolley station are at Oregon Square's front entrance.

The Oregon Square Courtyard, with its famous carousel, offers a festive outdoor public gathering place. Another attraction, Oregon Garden, an 8,000-square-foot English-style garden designed by landscape architect Robert Perron, adds year-round color to the area.

Owner and manager, Pacific Development Inc., completely renovated all of the buildings while preserving period architectural details. The architect and general contractor was Ertz & Burns; the remodel architect was Fletcher Farr Ayotte.

The renovation incorporates state-of-the-art energy management systems; electrical service that meets contemporary business needs; innovative lighting, drop ceilings and duct work; updated restrooms and custom-designed lobbies.

Each building offers 25,000 to 35,000 square feet of space with on-site and adjacent parking for employees and visitors. Major tenants are Tri-Met's Westside Light Rail Project, Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission, GTE Mobilnet and the General Services Administration.

Award Category Government Building Robert Duncan Plaza 333 S.W. First Avenue Portland, Oregon

Its warm Endicott brick facade makes Robert Duncan Plaza one of the most distinctive structures in Portland's downtown skyline.

The ten-story, 380,000-square-foot building opened in 1991 in its prime location adjacent to the Skidmore Fountain historic district. MAX stops at the front door. Tom McCall Waterfront Park is just one block east. And the building offers stunning views of the Willamette River, Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens.

Robert Duncan Plaza is fully occupied by federal agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Service.

Melvin Mark Companies and the Schnitzer Investment Corp. developed the property. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca's design features 35,000-square-foot floors with two stacked atria. These produce unusually large floor plates that maximize tenants' access to natural light. Green-tinted insulating glass improves energy efficiency. In addition, an eight-inch raised floor system allows for unlimited adaptations of floor space without disrupting tenants on the floor below.

Award Category Corporate Facility Sequent Computer Systems Inc. Phase Five - EDO Building 15475 S.W. Koll Parkway Beaverton, Oregon

The Sequent Phase Five-EDO Building is the centerpiece of Sequent's campus.

The three-story, 94,054-square-foot facility was completed in 1990. It provides a centralized conference area, employee cafeteria/assembly space and general open offices. The design by Mackenzie/Saito & Associates includes the careful separation of public, private and service functions on-site and within the building. The exterior design blends with surrounding campus buildings.

A total of 7,450 square feet of protected pedestrian skybridges functionally and visually unify the campus. Creative structural engineering permits long, open clear spans and two-story volumes over the cafeteria/assembly area.

The ground-floor cafeteria/assembly space seats 1,400 for dining and can accommodate 2,700 for meetings. A tiered floor profile guarantees good-quality sightlines. The second and third floors are devoted to office space. The use of open office system furniture represents Sequent's commitment to effective communication and growth flexibility.

The Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa, owns the building. Forum Properties Inc. of Beaverton manages it.

Award Category Rehabilitated/Modernized Building 400 Sixth Avenue Building 400 S.W. Sixth Avenue Portland, Oregon

The $7.5-million renovation of the 11-story 400 Sixth Avenue Building, former headquarters of the First Farwest Life Insurance Co., is helping revitalize a section of the city that was the heart of Portland's financial district.

John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., the building's owner, commissioned BOOR/A Architects to redesign the 36-year-old structure to enhance the identity and quality of the building and increase its marketability. The renovation was completed in 1993. Major tenants include CFI Pro-services and Electric Lightwave.

Improvements include a new double-entry consisting of two-story glass walls that open the building's facade, complemented by trees and attractive brick paving. Glass, marble and stainless steel accents, and warm touches of forest green and wood panels, vivid artwork and colorful silk flowers make the expanded main lobby more inviting to visitors.

Upper floor lobbies and elevator cabs also have been transformed into attractive and welcoming features. Corner offices offer views of the West Hills, Union Station, Mount Hood, or the Willamette River. The basement, formerly occupied by a bank vault and mechanical systems, now is a much-needed underground parking garage. Other upgrades include asbestos abatement, Americans with Disabilities Act additions, energy efficiency and state-of-the-art fire and safety systems.

The building is located on the east side of Sixth Avenue between Washington and Stark streets. The building manager is Norris, Beggs & Simpson.
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Title Annotation:BOMA: 1995 Portland Metropolitan Report to Oregon; office building awards
Author:Lenhart, Harry
Publication:Oregon Business
Date:Feb 1, 1995
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