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Old Posted Aug 15, 2010, 2:51 AM
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finally, someone's addressing the tragic lack of strip malls in the suburbs!
The area has added a lot of housing without adding much retail. As much as I'd love to see downtown get the funding, I'm not going to complain about projects like this moving forward in the Metro area. Anything to get construction jobs and financing moving again.

It's a safe project. If this works out for them maybe the financiers will be willing to put out more money for other projects.
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Just ran across this today.

source: http://www.ultraprt.com/applications...and-amberglen/

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Portland suburb Hillsboro (home to more than 16,000 Intel jobs; part of “Silicon Forest”) became the first U.S. city to adopt language favorable to PRT within a “specific plan.” A specific plan is a city-adopted long-range plan for real-estate development and transportation for a contiguous, significant portion of a city. Hillsboro’s ambitious AmberGlen Plan states, “A transit circulator facilitates quick connections to transit stations. Eventually … PRT or other local circulator could serve to focus area investment near transit corridors.”


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That looks pretty cool.
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It's got to be a joke...right?
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Old Posted Sep 30, 2010, 5:52 PM
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I like how it completely skips Whole Foods. Maybe future office workers don't need to eat?
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The concept is great, the route seems a little convoluted and not very user friendly. But the route can be modified. They could also do something like this from the Nike campus to the Beaverton Creek MAX station, thru that huge vacant property that is prime for high density development.
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I live right in this area, this would be awesome! Especially if they put all the new towers in
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Downtown Hillsboro development proposed

Hillsboro City Council will consider moving forward on proposal to bring organic grocery store to downtown Hillsboro
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:50 AM Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 8:49 AM

The city council will vote Tuesday night on whether to enter into an exclusive negotiating contract with Tokola Properties, which would build a Lillian's Natural Marketplace and apartments at East 4th Avenue and Southeast Main Street in downtown Hillsboro.

Metro and the city bought the property, which used to be a Wells Fargo Bank, in 1998, intending to redevelop it as a transit-oriented development project. Since then, the Tuesday and Saturday markets have used the building for storage space.

The city sent out requests for proposals last year, hoping that the Wells Fargo site would become something "cool." Eight companies sent in proposals for this or another city-owned site on Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast Washington Street. A selection advisory committee overwhelmingly chose the Tokola Properties team to redevelop the 4th and Main Street site.

Tokola has 30 years of development experience, and they recently completed a similar project in Gresham. That project -- called 3rd Central -- also includes a Lillian's and three floors of apartments.

Tokola's proposal for downtown Hillsboro is a four-story project that includes 60 to 90 apartments and underground parking in addition to the organic grocery store.

In a memo, the economic development staff admitted that the complex project will face challenges because of the market and because such a development has never been done downtown.

Before asking for proposals, Metro and the city did anticipate needing to offer incentives such as tax abatement, assistance with permits and some form of gap financing. At this point, city staff aren't sure how much public help would go to the project, but most of the money would need to come from Tokola, the memo said.

If the council approves the non-binding exclusive negotiating agreement, the city and Metro would have 10 - 15 weeks to work with Tokola to craft a project design and identify funding sources. If that goes well, the staff would bring a formal development agreement back to the council in the spring.

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http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/...ore_to_do.html
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Peterkort asks Beaverton for annexation, planning mixed-use developement

Peterkort asks Beaverton to annex 51 acres, including Deveraux Glen apartments
Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:59 PM Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 8:00 PM
Dominique Fong, The Oregonian

BEAVERTON -- More than half of people living in the Deveraux Glen apartment complex north of U.S. 26 can call themselves Beaverton residents once the City Council approves a 51-acre annexation into the city.

After two years of negotiation, the city has received petitions for voluntary annexation from landowner J. Peterkort and Company,which wants to move the remaining apartments and three other lots of land from unincorporated Washington County into city limits.

About half of the 506 apartments are already in the city of Beaverton, and Peterkort, which also owns the Peterkort Towne Square shopping center, plans to continue developing the area, said developer Scott Eaton.

Being in the city of Beaverton is more "conducive" to mixed-used development, which would allow a variety of offices, restaurants and stores to be built in the same zone, Eaton said.

"You could still have an office on top of a grocery store or on top of a restaurant," Eaton said. "That's the difference. It doesn't have to be a standalone shop."

The four properties, centered near the Sunset Transit Center on the MAX line down the road from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, are mostly empty, except for the apartments and a daycare center.

Once the land is annexed to Beaverton, the properties would abide by the city's standard for planning codes, instead of being split between the city and the county, said Steven Sparks, the city's planning division manager.

"It's better to be in one jurisdiction," Sparks said. "That's going to help them with their master plan for how they want to develop around the Sunset station area. It'll be under one set of rules, one review."

The master plan for Peterkort covers 80 acres of undeveloped land and is expected to be complete by summer, Eaton said.

Next steps for the annexation include public hearings for zone changes, though no dates have been set. The City Council would have to approve the zone changes.

"Once we have the zoning, they will submit a master plan to us, which will be a mixed-use development proposal with housing, office and retail," Sparks said.


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I wonder what kind of density and height they will be asking for. The area already has some mid-rise near the hospital.
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DT Hillsboro | Student Housing | 6 floors



Myhre Group designs student housing project
POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 03:16 PM PT
BY: Kelli Rogers
Daily Journal of Commerce

A mixed-use, student housing project is expected to aid revitalization in downtown Hillsboro.

The building, Above Second, was designed by Myhre Group Architects and developed through a public-private partnership with the city of Hillsboro. Construction will take place along the MAX light-rail line at the corner of southwest Second Avenue and Washington Street.

The structure will be one of the tallest buildings in downtown Hillsboro, at six stories, and hold 65,000 square feet of space - including a 4,200-square-foot ground floor dedicated to commercial use and live-work use. The upper floors will hold 80 dwelling units with a variety of studio, one- and two-bedroom living spaces.

“We wanted to serve the needs of Pacific University and Portland Community College, so the design is specifically going to be geared towards students,” said Jeff Myhre, firm principal and lead architect for the project. But that doesn’t mean that only students will be allowed to live in the new housing complex, he said.

The site also will feature approximately 38 parking spaces for motor vehicles and 30 for bicycles.

Myhre Group’s aim for Above Second was for “interesting urban streetscapes and spaces,” Myhre said. The design includes a landscaped rain garden and a mid-block courtyard, which could potentially be used for public markets.

“The goal is to contribute to the downtown redevelopment of Hillsboro and to inspire other development in the downtown core,” Myhre said. “It’s a vibrant center; it just needs more housing.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2012. The general contractor is Seabold Construction Co.

The Myhre Group team includes Myhre, principal Don Sowieja and architectural designer Erik Winter. The developer is Above Second Development Group LLC. No other project partners have been selected yet.

http://djcoregon.com/news/2011/02/22...using-project/
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Oh, thank god it has punched out sections and staggered bits of color. I've been hoping someone would implement details like that into design.
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Oh, thank god it has punched out sections and staggered bits of color. I've been hoping someone would implement details like that into design.
yes, groundbreaking stuff to be sure.
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yes, groundbreaking stuff to be sure.
It looks like it has yellow writing on it too, that different...actually the building doesn't look all that bad, and while it is nothing unique for Portland, it kind of is unique for downtown Hillsboro. Heck, does Hillsboro even have anything this tall in its downtown?
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I haven't gotten my fill of this kind of architecture yet, so I'm all for it.

(Besides, how many buildings do we have in this style? 3? (Sunrose, Enso, B-Side 6, what else?))
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Kinda looks like a mini 937 Condos.

http://www.937condominiums.com/
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Kinda looks like a mini 937 Condos.

http://www.937condominiums.com/
I don't see what you mean with this, for me these two buildings look nothing alike. I was thinking it was more on par with buildings like the Broadstone Enso.

Broadstone Enso

But then again, just about every building in Portland that has these square block punchouts basically look similar...but again, this building is in Hillsboro, not Portland, so good for Hillsboro in adding some real density to their downtown with this and hopefully more buildings will follow.
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I can see elements of 937, the window pattern and the white exterior for a majority of the facade. I also see a lot of similarities to the Enso, which was also designed by Myhre too, I think?
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D1X in Hillsboro Intels new fab

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/i..._small_--.html


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Contractors have set up a batch plant on site to provide concrete for Intel's new Hillsboro factory, D1X. The new factory is immediately adjacent to Intel's existing research facility, D1D, so contractors must tread carefully so utility work and construction vibrations don't disrupt the sensitive equipment next door.
Scot Wymer is conducting a kind of symphony.

Beginning at 5:15 a.m., six days a week, the Hoffman Construction Co. superintendent arrives at a work site in Hillsboro and for the next 12 or 13 hours coordinates the efforts of hundreds of construction workers and craftspeople who file in after him.

Fifteen cranes tower above Intel's Ronler Acres campus near Hillsboro Stadium, building the chip maker's $3 billion research factory. A steady stream of cement mixers and gravel trucks pass by, single file, creating the steady roar that drives one of the biggest construction projects in Oregon's history.

Intel's new factory, D1X, is single-handedly boosting the regional economy by reviving Oregon's moribund construction industry.

D1X by the numbers
Cost: $3 billion
Concrete: 150,000 to 200,000 cubic yards
Excavation: 500,000 to 1 million cubic yards of dirt
Steel and rebar: 45,000 tons
Construction workers: 6,000 to 8,000 over the two-year project
Long-term jobs: 800-1000, starting when D1X opens in 2013
And when it opens in 2013, the factory, or fab in the industry's lingo, will incubate the semiconductor industry's most advanced technology for at least a decade. Eight times larger than the biggest Walmart, D1X and its two support buildings will host breakthroughs still taking shape in engineers' imaginations.

To make those dreams come true, Wymer's crew is putting in 35,000 hours a week. And this is just the beginning. The project will occupy a small city of carpenters, pipe fitters and other craftspeople, as many as 5,000 at the peak of construction.

The dirt from excavation alone could fill more than 30,000 dump trucks. A mammoth crane, with an 800-foot-boom, arrives this summer to lift loads of as much as 2,600 tons.

"We get to do things we like to do faster, with bigger toys," Wymer said. "There are very few projects in the world you get to do this on. You hate to be left out."

Intel builds factories the same way it builds its chips: "Design it, design it once and then just copy," says Ravi Sharma Intel's director of global construction.

And with Intel's factories, much like its microprocessors, the work always starts in Hillsboro.

In a finely honed process called "copy exactly," Intel's Oregon researchers perfect each new generation of microprocessor at the company's existing research factory, an 8-year-old fab called D1D.

Factories in Arizona, New Mexico, Israel, Ireland and China then duplicate what the Hillsboro engineers created, right down to the air inside the fab, to prevent production mistakes and ensure that every chip performs just like every other.

"D1X is quite unique," Sharma said, "from the perspective that we are setting a design for the future fabs at Intel."

To make that factory, Intel will summon as many as 8,000 construction workers to Ronler Acres. Most come from Oregon or elsewhere in the Northwest, because workers here have built fabs before.

Intel made Oregon its research hub after winning tax breaks and changes in state tax law that exempt it from most property and income taxes. It will pay ordinary taxes on D1X's building, but the equipment inside -- which comprises most of the facility's cost-- will be exempt from property taxes that most other businesses pay.

And since Intel sells nearly all its chips to computer manufacturers outside Oregon, its profits are not subject to state income taxes.


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Work on D1X started in February, and it's already showing up in Portland jobs data. The construction industry, clobbered by the collapse of the housing market during the recession, added 1,000 jobs in the Portland area last month.

"If you're talking even a thousand jobs on one project, that will have a substantial impact on overall construction employment in the Portland area," said David Cooke, an economist with the Oregon Employment Department. "The construction jobs are very important to the overall economic picture over the short term."

Those workers will haul away up to a million yards of dirt as Intel excavates for D1X's foundation and brings the site level with D1D, the fab next door.

Of that, 150,000 cubic yards are headed just up the road, to SolarWorld's Hillsboro property. That company is contemplating a second factory someday and needs to elevate its property to ensure proper drainage.

The castoffs will raise 4 1/2 acres of SolarWorld's site by 21 feet.

Intel is building something extraordinarily large so it can manufacture something ridiculously small.


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Fanatically secret about its technologies, the chip maker won't talk in any detail about the design of D1X. Ask, and you'll get a polite smile. Then silence.

But Intel doesn't deny the obvious. D1X is 60 percent larger than its vintage 2003 predecessor, D1D.

"It'll look taller and it'll look wider," Sharma concedes. "There's nothing I can hide about it. I wish it could look the same and just be bigger inside."

Industry experts look at the size of D1X and see two things: technology and economics.

The basic rule of semiconductor science is that tinier is better. Generally speaking, microprocessors grow more powerful and become more efficient as their circuitry shrinks.

At a certain point, though, the laws of physics start to get in the way. Individual features are just a few atoms thick, thinner than the waves of light that chip manufacturers use to create them. Millions could fit on the head of a pin.

To print these microscopic circuit patterns, Intel and other chip companies have to perform "tricks" to bend, twist and shift the light, according to Dean Freeman, vice president for Gartner Research in California.

New production tools, in particular one called extreme ultraviolet, can circumvent some of the trickery and make production more straightforward, he said, at least for the next generation of circuitry. But these "EUV" machines are titanic.


Ravi Sharma, Intel's director of global construction.
"It basically takes an entire 747 to fly one of these new tools out," Freeman said. "And if you don't balance it right, you can't get the 747 off the ground."

Intel won't say when, or if, it will use EUV or other big manufacturing tools in D1X. All Sharma will say is that the company wants to be versatile.

"Part of the reason the building is bigger is it allows us the flexibility to make changes as the technology evolves," he said.

One thing Intel has said is that D1X will be able to accommodate larger silicon wafers, the foundation upon which computer chips are built.

Intel and other manufacturers want to move from the current industry standard, dinner-plate-size 300-millimeter wafers, to larger, more efficient 450-millimeter wafers. Some estimates suggest that could shave nearly a third off the cost of each chip.

Tool manufacturers are resisting the expensive changeover, and it's not clear when 450 mm will be ready. But when it is, Intel will need a bigger fab to house larger tools and the automated systems that guide the wafers through the manufacturing process, according to Trevor Yancey, vice president of the research firm IC Insights.

"It's just mind-boggling how much money we're talking about," Yancey said, and even when you're spending $3 billion, "every cent counts."

Intel knows that better than anyone, of course. It's a huge company, which reported record sales of $35 billion last year. But the cost of those sales is big new projects like D1X to keep the technology moving forward.

"There's a lot of money, a lot of zeroes, to be accounted for," said Intel's Sharma.

A team of project managers tracks 30,000 to 40,000 individual items, carefully ordered so that each job is done, and done in the right order.

"You're not building a building. You're building a machine," Sharma said. "Every component of this machine has to work together."

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