Dec 21, 2006, 4:40 PM
Building the dreams that others will buy
Thursday, December 21, 2006
By Spencer Heinz
Towers of glass and steel rise from the earth like magic, but nothing is magic. These are the South Waterfront's emerging condo villages, and millions of dollars raise them up on the shoulders of workers in the trades.
Hundreds of men and women, from glaziers to ironworkers, form a temporary community that ebbs between here and their homes that range from Beaverton to Hood River to the inner city itself.
For those who care to imagine how much work by how many it takes, one way to begin is to wend through the buzz and screech of construction, beneath the great tram tower that looms like a being from "The War of the Worlds," and into the condo-sales Discovery Center showroom marked by a giant orange asterisk.
"You are here," say words on the wall.
Inside stands a room-size scale model of Portland's westside riverbank with formations of buildings either built or still imagined.
"The River Blocks is as much an address as a state of mind," orange words say, but someone has to build it. This is a $2 billion job on 130 acres, one of the nation's bigger urban developments. This crusade of hammers and hope involves everyone from workers on the ground to salesmen such as Sean Z. Becker, a broker with Realty Trust who considers how each person has a hand in making it real.
"Wow," Becker recalls a concrete worker exclaiming during a trip to the showroom. "So that's what it'll look like."
A big-picture view comes from two brothers on the job, Blair Bubenik, vice president of estimating for the South Waterfront prime contractor of Hoffman Construction Co., and Cary Bubenik, a Hoffman senior project manager. They serve as communicators between construction workers and the project's many owners -- the hundreds of condominium buyers headed into their vertical homes.
Customer service counts. The project has brought in consultants from service-savvy businesses such Les Schwab Tire Centers and Ritz-Carlton Hotels. The ethic extends, the brothers say, from fixing a condo light switch to limiting construction noise, when possible, near occupied units.
"It's a neighborhood now," Blair says.
They head into the cold, where workers running 80,000-pound machines build the dreams that brokers sell. They heave the earth into other shapes. Backing-up warning beeps fill the air. A tower crane glows a purplish pink as residents settle in.
About 7 a.m. in rain or wind or whatever, workers by the hundreds maneuver for parking spots and start their day. The topography keeps changing, so their places move from here to there.
These days by 7:30 a.m., they are working on primarily three condo towers -- the John Ross, Atwater Place and the 3720 Building. The jobs are desirable, pulling down $20 to $40 an hour. Providing many more of them for businesses owned by minorities and women continues to be the topic of talks among the city, the prime contractor, the developers and the workers.
They show up as waves of carpenters, drywallers, tile setters, stonemasons, electricians, plumbers, glaziers, laborers, cement finishers, ironworkers, pipe fitters, pile bucks, equipment operators, electricians, sheet metal workers and more.
Over at the 3720 Building, which is in the foundation and excavation phase, they include men such as Arthur Flores, 41, of Tigard, drilling as an operating engineer apprentice for Scheffler Northwest; Chris Wrench, 46, pile bucks crew foreman with Scheffler who commutes weekly between here and Bend; Rod Runkle, 58, of Orchards, Wash., a John L. Jersey & Son laborer building a slab for the first level of a parking garage; and Troy Pennock, 39, of Milwaukie, a Hoffman Structures carpenter encasing the conduits that will feed electrical wire for a fire-sprinkler system.
"The only thing that makes it all work is mutual respect for each others' jobs," says Adam Bonner, Hoffman Construction's 3720 project superintendent. "They're coming from all over, but they've all got to get along."
That extends to the nearby showroom floor.
"Whether you're pouring the concrete or selling the condos, I think everyone's excited about it," says Becker the broker.
"We wouldn't be doing this," he adds, "if they weren't doing that."
Spencer Heinz: 503-221-8072; email@example.com
Dec 21, 2006, 5:32 PM
Dec 22, 2006, 8:32 PM
another photo thread by dougall!!
a little tram action
somebody didn't get the memo
bye bye john ross crane
glass on atwater!
good morning tram
Dec 30, 2006, 2:10 AM
happy new year
Jan 2, 2007, 1:46 AM
Someone should go down Macadam and get that really great view of SoWa with the Ross Island bridge
Jan 2, 2007, 2:52 AM
Looks great down there.
Jan 4, 2007, 7:22 PM
The Alexan is a go.
Robert Hinnen is back at it in South Waterfront.
Trammell Crow Residential's senior managing director came to City Hall in August 2005 with a request. He wanted the City Council to waive property taxes for 10 years on a new 22-story apartment tower among the stalks of high-priced condo towers. In return, the city wanted some affordable apartments in Trammell Crow's building.
But the deal fell apart. The council, with Saltzman as the swing vote, decided the city gave up too much in lost property tax revenue for too little.
With the condo market drooping and apartments hot again, Hinnen says he doesn't need the city's help anymore. He plans to start construction in January on the Alexan. Hinnen declined to disclose rents. But he did say it will be a high-end apartment tower aimed at the ready renters who work at Oregon Health & Science University. In similar apartments, rents range from $1,200 to $2,240 for 800 square feet.
What a difference 16 months makes.
Jan 5, 2007, 9:49 AM
Wow, this is great!
Jan 6, 2007, 12:37 AM
Jan 6, 2007, 1:57 AM
Jan 6, 2007, 4:39 AM
Great updates. It's really coming along rather quickly.
Jan 6, 2007, 6:36 AM
oops don't wont to forget thats alexjon's picture
Jan 8, 2007, 4:34 PM
^and a frigging awesome picture from Dougall...might be his best on yet!
Aerial Tram upper station...opening to the public in two weeks!
Jan 9, 2007, 6:04 AM
When I took that picture, someone else was out there taking photos-- he was cute!
20s, goatee... cute cute cute.
Or so I thought. I was sleepy, maybe I didn't see him well enough!
Jan 9, 2007, 4:26 PM
20s, goatee... cute cute cute.
damn, I've been caught!
Ha, I've actually seen a ton of peeps taking pics from all sorts of vantage points of the tram. One of these days I'm gonna work up the nerve and ask them, 'you from ssp?'
Jan 10, 2007, 1:43 AM
We need a hand signal
And not any involving middle fingers!
Jan 10, 2007, 3:36 AM
Looks like a great project - just hope there is plenty of shopping/nightlife/stuff to do.
Jan 11, 2007, 4:40 AM
amazing photos dougall!!
a few questions (for anyone):
How many projects are completed as of now?
When will the others be finished?
Are there any other proposed projects?
Where does the new gondola begin and terminate?
Jan 11, 2007, 5:25 AM
there are two projects finished(three towers) two others are under construction. one is about to start very soon and a couple others could start sometime this year. and thats just the river district, which is a small portion of the whole south waterfront project
Jan 11, 2007, 5:25 PM
Where does the new gondola begin and terminate?
uhumm...tram :)...It begins at the foot of OHSU's new Center Health and Healing/Bioscience Lab building and connects with a new hospital up on the main campus about 700' above the South Waterfront district.
The entire district is expected to take at least a decade for full build out and could include over 30 high rises.
In addition to two projects completed (Meriwether Condo-2 towers; OHSU H&H) one is almost completed (John Ross) one is halfway up (Atwater) and one is rising out of the ground shortly (3720), Block 39 was just proposed as affordable housing and Block 4? (Prometheus Development) is expected to begin shortly.
A streetcar loop around the entire district will also open later this year.
Jan 12, 2007, 2:28 PM
WOW I can't believe all the development on the south waterfront. I can't wait to check it all out when i go back to portland
Grr. whatever lol :D
A streetcar loop around the entire district will also open later this year.
By streetcar, do you mean an extension of the MAX or a seperate system entirely?
Thanks for all the help guys
Jan 12, 2007, 2:38 PM
its a seperate system look at mark's avatar and you'll see what the streetcar looks like
Jan 12, 2007, 2:40 PM
oh ok . . . i see . . . niiice! i'm excited.
Jan 12, 2007, 2:41 PM
oh ok . . . i see . . . niiice! i'm excited.
Jan 18, 2007, 10:03 PM
pictures from a day off yesterday
another crane for portland
is it just me or is the glass at atwater the exact same as the john ross's just with a little green tint.
looks ready to rise to me
notice the guy up there
Jan 19, 2007, 8:07 PM
SoWa Block 27
Williams and Dame-Gerding Edlen
-646,000 square feet
-two high rise twin residential towers
-towers will be rectilinear in configuration
renderings can be found at www.tvaarchitects.com
Jan 23, 2007, 1:46 AM
OHSU sells waterfront parcel
Portland Business Journal - 10:27 AM PST Monday
Oregon Health & Science University is selling a one-block parcel in the South Waterfront District to Pacific Retirement Services Inc.
Medford-based Pacific Retirement Services plans to build a a 30-story residential tower at the site.
The 507,300-square-foot continuing care retirement community, to be named Mirabella, at Block 31, will be located two blocks south of OHSU's new Center for Health & Healing. Plans call for the building to have 224 independent living residences, 16 assisted living apartments, 20 skilled-nursing private rooms, 21 special care memory-support private rooms and 244 parking spaces.
Construction is set to begin in spring 2008, with completion planned for summer or early fall 2010.
Jan 29, 2007, 12:43 AM
Jan 29, 2007, 5:30 PM
2006 proves a watershed year for South Waterfront activity
Portland Business Journal - January 26, 2007
by Wendy Culverwell
Business Journal staff writer
Construction workers, real estate agents, architects and publicists got welcome company at the South Waterfront in 2006: After years of planning and construction, Portland's newest urban neighborhood welcomed permanent residents and workers as construction cranes gave way to moving vans at the first two buildings.
The Meriwether Condominiums, two towers with a total of 245 residential units, opened first. The spring opening brought the first permanent residents to what had been a noisy, muddy construction zone. The project cost $121 million to build and like the other buildings in the 38-acre South Waterfront neighborhood, was developed by a team led by Portland's prolific Gerding/Edlen Development Co. LLC.
Oregon Health & Science University's 400,000-square-foot Center for Health & Healing opened in late 2006. The 16-story building sits at the district's northern edge.
The center has eight levels of hospital space for medical practices, clinics and surgery. Three floors contain health and wellness center, including a four-lane lap pool, and four are dedicated to education and research, with laboratory space for OHSU's biomedical engineering program.
Three floors of parking and a level of retail space round out the building -- designed by GBD Architects Inc. to be among the greenest new buildings in the land. It is expected to receive one of the top environmental designations from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
Hoffman Construction Co. was the contractor, Gerding/Edlen managed the project.
A green new building is one thing; a shiny new way to get around is another.
To most Portlanders who don't have a reason to visit South Waterfront on a regular basis, 2006 stands out for introducing a new mode of transportation to Portland's already impressive repertoire. We speak, of course, of the spanking new tram.
OHSU employees and soon, the public as well, can pop between the university's hilltop campus on Marquam Hill and the Portland waterfront via two shiny, pill-shaped carriages that travel along cables strung on poles.
The university, private developers and the city of Portland shared unequally in the $57 million construction cost. The fare to users remains undecided -- the city proposed a $4 round-trip fare to cover the cost to operate the system, but is now weighing the need to cover costs against public policy issues such as, does it want people to actually ride the tram.
Last but not least, the tram isn't the only locomotion in town. The Portland Streetcar added South Waterfront -- its sixth neighborhood -- to its circuit in October. The streetcar line extends to the tram station on the northern side of OHSU's new building. Eventually, it will loop south to the residential portions of the neighborhood.
Alas, South Waterfront is not part of TriMet's fareless zone in downtown, so a Streetcar ride will set riders back $1.70.
The year 2006 saw two other residential towers get started -- 3720 and Atwater Place both saw construction start. The 3720 will be a 30-story tower with 331 units. The $160 million project is set to open a year from August. Atwater Place too got started. It will have 212 units on 23 stories and has a construction cost of $140 million.
The John Ross, the 31-story elliptical tower with 342 units, got started in late 2005, but the $130 million condominium project saw a substantial amount of work completed in 2006. It should be ready to welcome residents this spring.
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Jan 30, 2007, 12:53 AM
don't forget that it is official that block 46 and the alexan have started
CLIENT GOAL: Design a rental apartment building that will attract the urban pioneers moving into a new high-rise development on the Willamette River.
DESIGN RESPONSE: Located on the Streetcar line in Portland's emerging South Waterfront District, this 22-story building is designed using a modern architectural vocabulary, with a brick tower at the NW corner and a window-wall exterior that opens to the river views. The project has a vibrant pedestrian realm, with live/work units that face a planned park and active street level retail. The completed project will have 314 apartments and three levels of structured parking.
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COMPONENTS:Built on a Brown Field site that has been cleaned, the Alexan includes a 28,000 s.f. eco roof; a storm water sculpture; and a make-up air system to increase indoor air quality. The project is slated to achieve LEED Silver certification.
CLIENT GOALS: Design a residential condominium project that is equal in quality to the luxury condos nearby, but sells for a lower price point.
DESIGN RESPONSE: This three building, 303-unit condominium project has the feel, look and amenities of more expensive projects in South Waterfront, but will sell for around $50 a square foot less. The three buildings are grouped around a plaza that connects to a streetcar stop. Retail lines the ground floor of the building. The primary building material, a new masonry product that is durable but less expensive than concrete, is a key element in reducing the construction cost.
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ELEMENTS: Slated to receive LEED Silver. The two smaller buildings will have eco-roofs that will capture rainwater, which will be treated by one of two water features in the plaza. The other water feature will treat ground water so that all water is cleaned on site.
and it looks like block 38 is finally about to rise
Jan 30, 2007, 7:12 PM
and it looks like block 38 is finally about to rise
Refresh my memory: What is Block 38 going to look like?
Is that its official name? If not, why hasn't it been given one yet, and when will it be given one?
Also which plot, as in refering to the above picture of the whole development, will the Alexan be built on?
Jan 30, 2007, 8:22 PM
Block 38 is the 3720 Tower (named after the address)
In this rendering you can also see the Alexan, block 39, right behind 3720. On the picture in the above post, the Alexan is to go on the block just right of the park.
SoWa block map
this building, block 31, will be going up next to the John Ross
Jan 31, 2007, 6:15 AM
SoWa block map
so then what is that building that appears to be on block 34, and is like halfway up already?
Jan 31, 2007, 2:13 PM
thats atwater place
Jan 31, 2007, 9:20 PM
i get it all now
thanx everyone ;)
Feb 1, 2007, 9:10 PM
Any idea when Block 27 is supposed to get started?
Feb 1, 2007, 9:14 PM
^it's currently being redesigned...
Feb 2, 2007, 12:08 AM
Nice project going on here. I like the buildings that have gone up so far.
Someone should take the SoWa block map and graphically insert the images of each building with an arrow pointing to the block they will go in and label either completed, approved or proposed with some dates. (If this has already been done, please excuse me).
Feb 2, 2007, 1:36 AM
i did it but its on a larger scale not just sowa but all of portland but thats a good idea ill probably do it.
Feb 6, 2007, 3:55 PM
Feb 9, 2007, 4:51 PM
OHSU's biggest gift ever puts dream campus closer
The $40 million windfall kick-starts plans for a South Waterfront medical school complex
Friday, February 09, 2007
JOE ROJAS-BURKE and TED SICKINGER
Oregon Health & Science University's uncertain but ambitious plan to expand its medical school on Portland's South Waterfront got a boost Thursday when the university announced an anonymous $40 million donation -- the largest gift ever received by the state's only medical school.
The gift not only launches the next phase of OHSU's expansion, but it also propels the building boom in the city's biggest new real estate development.
OHSU President Joe Robertson, who announced the award Thursday at an employee gathering, said the money would anchor financing of a medical school building on a 20-acre parcel of riverfront land given to the university by the Schnitzer family in 2004.
"We're now at a point where we can build a building," Robertson said. "This changes the whole landscape."
Robertson said Perkins+Will, a commercial architecture firm, had estimated that OHSU could build the first building of a new interdisciplinary medical school complex on the waterfront for about $50 million. OHSU's medical, dental and nursing schools have outgrown their warren of offices and classrooms on Marquam Hill.
OHSU officials declined to answer questions about the donor's identity or the donor's ties with OHSU. Michael MacRae, spokesman for the OHSU Foundation, said the donor insisted no details be disclosed. He said expanding medical education "was something the donor felt really strongly about, that this was the best way those resources could be used."
Robertson stressed it was still too early to say what the first building would look like, when it would be finished and how its ongoing operation would be financed. The expansion will be subject to extensive public reviews and probably will require the city to undertake major road and utility upgrades for the land.
Shortage of caregivers
Medical school costs are covered largely by student tuition -- now $26,063 a year for Oregon residents and $36,983 for out-of-state students -- and a 7.8 percent tax on the earnings of faculty physicians. Robinson, president since September, has said that tackling the state's looming shortage of health-care workers is a top priority.
Over the next 10 years, state officials estimate, Oregon will need to add 59,000 medical providers -- about 5,900 a year --to fill projected demand for registered nurses, physical therapists, counselors, dentists, doctors and other caregivers.
Employment Department economist Brenda Turner said Oregon will need about 200 additional physicians a year -- nearly twice the number graduating each year from OHSU. Turner said the department can't pinpoint the potential supply of those doctors because it has no good way to project how many doctors are likely to move to the state and how many trained here will practice elsewhere.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski's budget recommends $11.2 million to expand OHSU's capacity to train medical students. With outside funding uncertain, OHSU has turned to collaborations as a way to expand its output of doctors. The medical school has already begun expanding beyond Portland by establishing satellite campuses for medical students in Eugene and Corvallis.
Students at those satellite campuses, however, will need to complete their training on the main campus in Portland, where OHSU's medical school is already full.
OHSU's officials say the Schnitzer campus will depart from the siloed model of the traditional medical school, offering an interdisciplinary environment where medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy and engineering students share research and classroom space and a core curriculum, and collaborate with researchers and physicians on the South Waterfront.
Nearby, OHSU recently opened an outpatient center, linked by tram to its main campus on Marquam Hill.
A $40 million gift is rare in Oregon's philanthropic world. The state has far fewer donors with the liquid wealth to make a cash donation of that size than its neighbors to the north and south.
OHSU has received only two other eight-figure gifts in its 120-year history. In 1987, Tektronix Inc. co-founder Howard Vollum endowed a neuroscience institute with a $14 million gift. In 2004, the Schnitzer land donation was valued at $33.9 million.
Stephen Sanders, president of the OHSU Foundation, said the university wasn't actively soliciting donations for the new campus, or launching a silent phase of a new campaign as institutions often do before formally unveiling their plans. Sanders said the foundation wouldn't even start a feasibility study on the campaign until late this year.
But Sanders said the cash windfall would "accelerate the planning."
OHSU only recently completed its $500 million Oregon Opportunity Campaign. While successful in meeting its overall goals, the campaign struggled to hit funding goals for two new buildings.
OHSU probably will seek some form of taxpayer support for the Schnitzer campus, said Keith Thomson, chairman of OHSU's board of directors. That's far from guaranteed: The university's annual budget appropriation has consistently dwindled since it became a separate, "public" corporation in 1995.
The state already kicked in $200 million in OHSU's last fundraising campaign, paying to construct a research building on Marquam Hill and to recruit nearly 100 scientists and physicians.
The university may not be shy about going back to the well, but it's less clear whether legislators will pour more money into Portland's South Waterfront.
The $40 million gift probably will be awarded to OHSU over a period of years, said MacRae, the OHSU Foundation spokesman. "It remains to be resolved exactly how that would work," he said.
Joe Rojas-Burke: 503-412-7073, email@example.com
Feb 17, 2007, 8:56 PM
free tram ride
Mar 1, 2007, 3:05 AM
believe it or not both of these pictures were taken today
we went from snow...
to beautiful rainbows
but thats springs weather for you :shrug:
Mar 1, 2007, 7:31 PM
Aren't you supposed to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Seems to me that it will cost you a pot of gold to live where the rainbow ends :)
Mar 7, 2007, 4:53 PM
Dougall found this on Gerding-Edlen's website
Mar 8, 2007, 4:31 AM
3720s core was rising out of the ground when I drove by today.
atwater is going up fast too it seems, some windows being installed on the lowest level.
Mar 8, 2007, 4:46 PM
^actually, some windows on the Willamette side and the courtyard side are already several floors up. The building is much nicer than any of the renderings. I hope their sales are picking up too!
Took forever for 3720 to start rising.
Apr 1, 2007, 3:46 AM
This is Prometheus first planned tower, Block 41. Block 46, believed to be Prom. first tower was actually owned by Williams and Dame.
Apr 4, 2007, 6:35 PM
OHSU's waterfront vision: 2 million square foot campus
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Oregon Health & Science University, which opened its first South Waterfront high-rise beachhead just last fall, is now headed toward its biggest transformation ever.
The university's preliminary vision for its 20 acres on the South Waterfront, made public this week, proposes a true college campus from scratch that would eventually rival the Marquam Hill campus. The new Schnitzer Campus, on land donated by the Portland family in 2004, would become the center of gravity for a new educational mission uniting student doctors, nurses, dentists and others in interdisciplinary classrooms.
Five university schools would eventually relocate to the waterfront campus, while the hospital, clinics and some research would remain on Marquam Hill.
For the first time, OHSU is openly contemplating housing -- condos, apartments or student housing -- in floors above medical education centers. Making room for biotechnology industries, for years an anchor of OHSU's planning, has faded.
The scope of the plan is audacious, not just for its sheer size -- another 2 million square feet of university space is planned, about 40 percent the size of the Marquam Hill campus. Its likely massive price tag remains an unknown, though a recent $40 million donation certainly helps.
The university's intent is to create the medical campus of the future, with room to grow for decades, OHSU President Joe Robertson said Monday.
"This campus is something that will develop over the next three decades, not over the next three years," Robertson said. "We do not have a specific plan at this point. It would be presumptuous for us to have a plan at this point."
University officials stress that their plans are only a preliminary vision, but they have real hopes of putting students there within five years under a timeline being offered for the first time. A $40 million anonymous gift already in the bank will be used to break ground on their first building.
Deans and professors from across the university have spent months discussing how they want medical education to work a generation from now. Portland city planners have helped them put their ideas into lines on a map that represent potential buildings, roads and parks.
In recent weeks, university officials have shown neighborhood activists and some city officials their preliminary vision, which outlines in broad terms the locations of streets and sites of buildings on the 20-acre parcel. Haggling over street locations, building designs and uses of specific planned buildings will likely follow.
The university plans 250-foot-tall buildings along Southwest Moody Avenue, with shorter buildings closer to the river. It calls for a combination light-rail and streetcar bridge to land south of the property, closer to the recently opened aerial tram landing, but different from the city's plan for a bridge to the north.
The intensely urban plan contrasts sharply with the ideas advanced over the years by the Schnitzer family, which raised the possibility of suburban-scale biotech development with a 25-foot setback from the river.
Yet OHSU's plan already presents some potential shortcomings, and issues city planners and others are likely to pick apart.
It has become more oriented to medical education than goals of thousands of private-sector biotech jobs university officials trumpeted several years ago in making a public pitch for OHSU's expansion. Because of costly underground contamination, some of its potential 6,000 parking spaces may be built in upper floors of buildings, likely to disappoint planners who push for housing and offices that overlook sidewalks.
A 100-foot riverfront greenway would comply with city code but fall short of some environmental aspirations.
"We view this as the beginning of a conversation, not the end of a conversation," said Mark Williams, OHSU South Waterfront project director. "We're very eager to involve our neighbors, city bureaus, elected officials and others in having a discussion about what this ought to look like."
With federal research dollars leveling off, and the state-financed Oregon Opportunity fund already spent, OHSU's research spending will grow at a slower pace, Robertson said.
"The Schnitzer campus was given by the Schnitzer family predominantly to enhance the educational mission," Robertson said. "It will facilitate the research mission."
It takes longer to get biotech ideas from patent to marketable product than for the standard high-tech products, Robertson said. That wasn't known as recently as five years ago, said Robertson, who became OHSU president last year.
In contrast with prior insistence that biotech companies would fit into the high-rise plans for South Waterfront, Robertson and Steve Stadum, executive vice president for OHSU, conceded that rising construction costs and high density make the waterfront a challenging sell for private-sector biotech. They said shorter building sites closer to the river would offer some lower-cost opportunities for commercial development.
Only two city commissioners, neighboring landowners and the South Portland Neighborhood Association have been briefed in person so far on the vision. OHSU has met with staff of most city commissioners and the mayor.
So far, the reviews seem positive, even from neighbors and politicians who have clashed over South Waterfront in the past.
City Commissioner Sam Adams said the university's idea for a 24-hour district with high density development contrasts sharply with what the Schnitzers had proposed.
"The last conversations were for a much less robust development than OHSU has put on the table with this proposal," Adams said. "So in that sense, it feels like this proposal is ahead of what the previous owners had envisioned doing."
Commissioner Randy Leonard said he likes the transit orientation of the vision.
"If we are creating a community down there where a car becomes more of a liability than an asset, people can buy more of a house and have amenities that they couldn't otherwise afford," he said.
The Zidell family, which still runs a barge building business adjacent to the waterfront condo towers and has sued the city over its high-rise plans, likes the vision presentation, said Bob Durgan, a consultant for the family. The Zidells still want more information on the district's transportation needs and costs, he said, but it's open to selling or swapping land to help OHSU's campus.
"We're open to all alternatives," Durgan said. "We're going to work with them on anything that's symbiotic and mutually beneficial."
So far, the vision appears to have won over even the South Portland Neighborhood Association, which includes many residents who fought for years against OHSU's aerial tram.
Residents have come to terms with the high-rise scale of the waterfront section of their area, neighborhood Chairman Ken Love said.
"Overall, it's going to be a great thing for Portland," he said. "Getting away from all the condos and just getting something positive going with OHSU there."
Dylan Rivera: 503-221-8532; firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 12, 2007, 3:42 PM
I deleted because I placed in wrong thread....
Apr 12, 2007, 6:35 PM
updated Mirabella renderings
Apr 14, 2007, 3:53 PM
looks nice. I thought a park was going there for some reason though, that there was more of buffer between it an the OHSU building.
Apr 14, 2007, 5:05 PM
Apr 17, 2007, 2:20 AM
The lobby at the John Ross and move-ins have begun...
Well I haven't done a update for a long time so I decided to make it a big one to try and make up for it.
Apr 18, 2007, 12:57 PM
Great pictures Markdaman. I saw the rendering you posted for block 41, what is the story on that one? Does Prometheus have any plan to start on that anytime in the near future? The Alexan on block 39 should be starting soon. Has anyone heard how the Spagetti Factory is doing lately? I wonder if they have seen a big increase yet.
Apr 18, 2007, 1:00 PM
Sorry Dougall555, trying to give someone else credit for your update.
Apr 27, 2007, 6:39 PM
Block 41 is delayed due to a variety of problems, but it is still a go. Alexan has broken dirt!
Prometheus images for South Waterfront
conceptual rendering of Prom. SoWa property build out
May 6, 2007, 2:08 AM
a couple pics from today
May 7, 2007, 3:54 PM
hehee...who else can say they've got the 'A Team' working on their buildings?
anyway, great pics Dougall, always enjoy the update!
May 21, 2007, 3:20 AM
first restraunt opening soon
form saturday this is kind of a experiment would you guys like the pictures regular size or this bigger size?
crane looks nice and sturdy
theres already stuff in here model unit maybe
urbana market is now open
Jun 18, 2007, 4:35 PM
Jun 18, 2007, 5:00 PM
Gawd, everything is grew, buildings, sky, streets and sidewalks.
Jun 19, 2007, 1:31 AM
Check this out:
New York has Battery Park City
Chicago has Lakeshore East
now...Portland has the South Waterfront....and San Fran has SoMa.
anyone see a trend here?
Jul 2, 2007, 4:25 AM
Jul 2, 2007, 4:26 AM
there is a bird's nest up on the power pole
Jul 16, 2007, 3:00 PM
Design panel picks on Parks, PDOT in South Waterfront
Daily Journal of Commerce
by Alison Ryan
Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects’ slim, sculptural design for a 30-story retirement home in South Waterfront drew raves from members of the Portland Design Commission. But other issues surrounding the review process for Portland’s newest neighborhood inspired rants during Thursday’s commission meeting.
Portland Parks & Recreation’s slow movement on a planned two-block neighborhood park is an “embarrassment,” commissioner Paul Schlesinger said.
“The city has promised the community, not just South Waterfront but the community, and we’ve yet to see or hear anything on this important project,” he said.
Development of the two-block park bordered by Southwest Moody, Bond, Gaines and Pennoyer streets is behind schedule, Sandra Burtzos, South Waterfront neighborhood park project manager, said Friday.
“It’s a staffing issue,” she said.
A request for proposals for design consultant services was originally scheduled to go out in spring 2007; the RFP is now expected to be written this month, with a consultant retained by winter 2008. A programming plan for future South Waterfront park spaces, she said, will likely be developed along with designs for the two-block park.
The number of in-the-works South Waterfront projects is growing, with projects like the six-story mixed-use development at Block 46 also in the pipeline for design review. Commissioners said they were concerned that the park and other public spaces were being viewed as afterthoughts.
“Parks has abdicated an enormous responsibility by not being propositional. ... I don’t accept build all this stuff and then what’s left over is the park,” said commission vice chairman Michael McCulloch.
Commissioners also questioned what Schlesinger called the Portland Office of Transpor-tation’s “feeble response” to a requested study of the effect of South Waterfront traffic on existing neighborhoods.
Requesting additional information from building teams also needs to be discussed, commissioners said, as more projects line up in South Waterfront. Commissioners can ask for research like wind studies – which the Mirabella team commissioned at a cost of about $100,000 – but their requests aren’t backed by code.
“We’re in a situation now where we’re starting to layer on requirements for approval that are not in the code,” Commissioner Jeff Stuhr said.
Meanwhile, the design of the building was met with enthusiasm. The Mirabella, designed as a series of smaller podiums topped by a slender tower, will hold 224 independent senior living units and 60 special care units. At ground level, a series of outdoor spaces support café, retail, and public community room uses.
A citizen request to hold the record open for comment for seven days, as well as a need for revisions to the staff report, meant the commission couldn’t approve the project. But commissioners said the project – especially the building top – was an exemplary effort.
“A very carefully done piece of sculpture, and I’m confident that it will be beautiful,” McCulloch said.
The team is expected to be back before the commission in mid-August.
Jul 29, 2007, 9:58 PM
7/28/07 I accidently only brought my zoom lens so there won't be many full building shots :rolleyes:
more here: http://flickr.com/photos/dougall5505/sets/72157601079754354/
Jul 29, 2007, 9:59 PM
Jul 29, 2007, 10:00 PM
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1379/940812381_ff1c14dfbf_b.jpgLe Hana and Bella Espresso look like they both will be ready to go pretty soon
more future retail
I wouldn't be surprised to see glass on 3720 soon
btw the trees on the public walkway towards the river at the john ross have been all planted and that is opened up. now we just have to wait for mirabella and atwater to be complete to truly appreciate that space.
Jul 30, 2007, 3:54 AM
It has been many months since I read about the SoWa project, and it looks like its coming along quite nicely. Great pics.
Aug 8, 2007, 10:01 PM
amazing from flickr this guy: http://flickr.com/photos/24516237@N00/
Aug 10, 2007, 10:16 PM
went for a quick bike ride down to sowa to get ready for the bridge pedal
Sep 24, 2007, 4:11 AM
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Sep 24, 2007, 4:27 AM
^ niiiice pix!
i forget how big the development area is. the south waterfront is really starting to look like a nice cluster of high-rises all on its own now.
Sep 24, 2007, 12:29 PM
It's starting to look like Vancouver.
Sep 24, 2007, 6:15 PM
Holy Crap! I haven't looked at this thread in the longest time because from the renderings I thought it looked like a very boring development. I was way off and this will become a thread I keep tabs on. Great pictures Dougall5505, keep the updates coming. Also, I'm not familiar with Portland's geography. Where is the development situated in respect to downtown?
Sep 24, 2007, 8:26 PM
^ well, just south of it ;)
Sep 24, 2007, 8:38 PM
^That almost makes too much sense. Thanks.
Oct 12, 2007, 4:37 AM
from sunday night
Oct 12, 2007, 9:01 AM
WOW nice pictures. It's almost perfect, but the fact that there's nobody outside is a turn-off. When this residential neighborhood has some nightlife (by that I mean life of any kind after dark), it will be incredible. Kudos on a good foundation in place, Portland! :tup:
Nov 26, 2007, 3:21 AM
It was a beautiful day on black friday
Nov 26, 2007, 3:53 AM
It's pretty crazy how this is literally growing from nothing. It's looking more and more like it fits in with the city with every update.
Nov 26, 2007, 6:07 AM
Thanks Dougall for the updates. I've all but abadoned this thread...too busy with the promotion at work...oh well...it's nice to see it lives on!
Dec 1, 2007, 8:54 PM
With SOWA in it's early stages of developement, imagine it (SOWA) in another 3-5 years. This new neighborhood is going to be buzzing with activity. With the expected thousands of new residences, streetcar sevice, Restaurants, Shoppes.......this new distric will have alot to offer to local residents and casual visitors.
Jan 12, 2008, 7:49 PM
The applicant requests design review approval for the development of a residential tower on South Waterfront Block 41, with a separate sales center structure on Block 44, immediately south of Block 41. The Block 41 development is to be a 25-story building, with a 2- to 5-story base including retail and residential uses, and underground parking on 2 levels. Vehicular access into the lower levels is from the north (SW Lane). A total of 211 condominium units are proposed, with 297 parking spaces. The Sales Center is to be a 5,648-sf one- story building, fronting SW River Parkway, with vehicular access to a small surface parking area (5 spaces) via SW Abernethy. The site is allowed a base FAR of either 5:1 or 6:1, depending on whether east or west of SW River Parkway. All areas have the ability to earn additional FAR of up to 3:1 either through transfer or bonus. The current tower proposal includes 368,446 sf, not including the 2 below grade parking levels (each approximately 59,000 sf). The site is very large, encompassing Block 41, 42, 44A, 44B, 45A, 45B, greenway area, and private "street" areas that are not dedicated to the right-of-way. (Note: out of the entire site area shown on the zoning map, public right-of-way is being dedicated at River Parkway, at Abernethy between Bond and River Parkway, and at the north half of Lowell. Some additional square footage along Bond is also being dedicated.) Base FAR on the entire site, then, (less dedicated areas) is 1,882,068 sf. The total FAR proposed, including both the tower and sales structure, is 374,094 sf. The Block 41 building design has a podium level facing three of the primary frontages (SW Lane, the Willamette greenway, and SW River Parkway). At the fourth frontage of this block, the “U”-shaped podium opens to an oval-shaped ground floor plaza area with vehicular turnaround along SW Ankeny. The retail use is located along the ground floor of the podium "bar" fronting SW River Parkway. The proposed building height at the tower is 250'. The tower has a somewhat square shape, with a rounded corner at the southeast. Balconies with glass railings project from every side; at the southeast corner the balconies curve around and accentuate the curve of the wall. Primary exterior materials are glass, including areas of spandrel glass, with metal panel, "Swiss Pearl" (a composite panel with exterior fastenings), concrete, and stone (not yet specified).
cirque de sul is coming to the south waterfront again.
The applicant requests Design Review approval for some of the work associated with setting up operations for the Cirque du Soleil theatrical circus on a vacant site in South Waterfront. Tents, office trailers, and a staff kitchen will be set up on the site. Site work includes the following:
Install a temporary fence and gates, water and sewer connections, concrete culverts, a spill containment berm, and shallow trenches;
Prepare existing concrete surfaces on the site so they are free of protrusions and flush with the ground;
Place fill material consisting of well-graded gravel or crushed stone to specified lines and grades to eliminate depressions and to ensure adequate drainage;
Construct eight ground anchors made of concrete; and
Cover most of the site with new asphalt paving.
The circus will operate from March 4th through April 13th. Afterwards the site will be restored to its original condition, with the exception of the proposed gravel and asphalt. Site restoration will occur through April 25th, 2008. Per the site lease agreement with OHSU, the new gravel and asphalt paving will be removed by December 31st, 2010 at the latest.
A new full-block, six-story mixed-use building on “Block 49” of the South Waterfront District was approved via Casefile LU 07-153880 DZM AD. The site is currently a paved surface parking area bordered by SW Lowell Street, SW Bond Avenue, SW Bancroft Street and SW Moody Avenue. The proposed development will include five floors with 209 (affordable) apartments above a first floor and lower level. The street level will include a residential lobby space and a streetcar stop. The remainder of the street level will include retail spaces, a 50-space covered garage with driveway access onto SW Bond, a loading bay and underground garage entry drive facing SW Moody, and divisible office space wrapping the remainder of the east, south and west sides of the building. The lower-level of the building will include additional parking spaces, a long-term bike parking room, and a second loading space.
A total of approximately 166 on-site parking spaces are proposed for this development. Of this total, approximately 50 parking spaces will be Growth Parking for Retail Sales and Service use. On weeknights after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends, these 50 parking spaces are proposed to be shared with the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant, which is located on the adjacent property to the east, on the east side of SW Bond Avenue.
Per Zoning Code Section 33.510.267.A.6.b.(2), if there are more than 20 parking spaces of any type on the site, parking created in conjunction with Retail Sales and Service uses is subject to a Central City Parking Review (CCPR). Because the total number of parking spaces for this development will exceed 20 spaces, the proposed 50 parking spaces for Retail Sales and Service use require approval of a CCPR.
Jan 13, 2008, 12:16 AM
the first pics on this page are just awesome...
May 18, 2010, 11:20 PM
Panoramic photograph I took this afternoon:
May 18, 2010, 11:28 PM
May 18, 2010, 11:34 PM
A tad too processed for my liking.
May 19, 2010, 12:23 AM
Nice photo, but where's the other 15 towers? ;)
May 19, 2010, 7:18 PM
All those pictures remind me of Vancouver.. noice though :tup:
May 19, 2010, 8:31 PM
Nice photo, but where's the other 15 towers? ;)
They're building them! A few can't even be seen in that pano. Here are some more:
The wire visible in a couple of these photos is for the streetcar.
May 20, 2010, 4:43 AM
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