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Than I guess I haven't seen the new BioMed building, I had no idea two buildings were going up, up there...
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From the website, it's 7 floors above grade with 4 floors below, but exposed to the North side.

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I wonder what the elevation of those buildings are? specifically the top floors.
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We need a new tallest!!!! Little tiny Providence, RI has a 520 footer (35 stories) just about to begin construction which would rank about number 3 on the Portland list. Its an all residential tower.
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Old Posted Oct 31, 2005, 5:48 PM
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^I agree, and with the strong condo market here and the new Goodman blocks open...plus new building proposals coming in at 325 feet in SoWa and just out of the Pearl, I think we might see a few 450 to 500 footers in the core. With a Portland company building those huge towers in Bellevue it would be nice if they brought those designs home...

anyone have any insight as to whether or not there is even one on anyone's drawing boards?
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New SoWa tower, block 38
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I really find Portland an amazing study, so much good is going on up there. Its really nice to see all the developments with renderings.
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New Block 38 rendering in the SoWa District
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That is an awesome building.
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Hi Forumers-

Thought I'd share this site where the Pearl is being used as a model for a former industrial area of downtown Buffalo, NY. It has great bones, but is slowly allowing demolition of historical industrial buildings even as the area starts to catch the loft boom.

Here is the complex coming down in the name of 'progress':

http://www.buffalorising.com/city/ar...appointing.php

http://www.buffalorising.com/city/ar...ony_set_fo.php

Here is the Pearl slide show:

http://www.buffalorising.com/city/ar..._cobbles_1.php

Unfortunately a historic grain silo is being torn down for a casino complex. It has many of us howling in protest to deaf ears. Portland any many other cities have shown that development and preservation are not only compatible, but create a much more interesting neighborhood. Anyone wishing to share why this is a bad idea on the site, please feel free. Buffalonians need to start "getting it."


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thats great to see Buffalo following the Pearl district model because i think Buffalo has a tremendous amount of unrealized potential and the warehouse district is very similar to what the Pearl district used to be. one major component to the success of the pearl and many other cities (like Providence) that gets overlooked are developers with a vision beyond just maximum return on investment, the developers with this vision look and care about the environment on the street, how to keep vitality going all day and well into the night, open space, green components in the buildings and putting parking underground. many developers will see these things as unnecessary and a waste of money but developers with a vision realize doing the "right thing" actually makes them more money by creating a very desirable neighborhood and addresses which people are willing to pay a lot of money for.

another city that buffalo might want to look at is Tacoma, WA which has really turned itself around by investing in a lot of public infrastructure and facilities which in turn is now attracting private investment.
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new Atwater Place rendering
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while Atwater may not be too groundbreaking, I find the design clean and attractive. It will surely be another great addition to the SoWa. Oh, and I hope I'm not reposting a pic, but Ankrom Moisan Assoicated Architects, my old pdx employer, updated its website www.amaa.com and there are some renderings of the Alexan proposed for the SoWa as well...



this may be just a larger pic of the renderings seen earlier but here ya go!
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New Block 38 rendering in the SoWa District
Wow, that's cool!!
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2005, 9:13 PM
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early rendering of new WestEnd multi-purpose tower


Development - The 30-story structure in Portland would hold a hotel, apartments, offices and retail space
Friday, December 16, 2005
DYLAN RIVERA
The Oregonian
Developers unveiled on Thursday a slender, glassy design for a 30-story tower that they said would light up downtown's western skyline and extend the Pearl District south.

The unnamed high-rise would place a hotel, apartments, offices and retail under one roof, covered in a quilt of transparent, translucent and patterned glass. The half-block tower would rise 325 feet from the sidewalk behind Jake's Famous Crawfish restaurant.

"We want it to be a glass building, but not a glass-enclosed building," said Eugene Sandoval, a designer with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, known as ZGF.

If it were built today, the tower would be the eighth-tallest building in Portland.

Thursday marked the first public presentation of the new headquarters for the ZGF architecture firm. The architects took center stage before the Portland Design Commission at a design advice request -- an informal hearing intended to prompt early discussion of major new developments in the central city.

The development team members said they are happy about having four uses under one roof, though the mix forced a few engineering and design compromises that contravene city codes. While acknowledging the difficulties and seeking more details about the building's relationship with its neighbors, the design panel applauded the use of glass and a design that could enliven a rough area.

"It's going to be an engaging building on the street and on the skyline if it continues to be developed this way," Commissioner Tim Eddy said.

The half-block development would erase a surface parking lot and require removal of a small green building housing Kesone Thai Cuisine at the southwest corner of the block, bounded by Southwest 12th and 13th avenues, and Stark and Washington streets. It also would require removing a 30-foot-wide building between Jake's and American Apparel store, making an open corridor leading to the hotel's entrance off Southwest Stark.

The apartment entrance would be on Southwest 13th, giving the entrance a location with a view of the Whole Foods Market and other Pearl District residential amenities, Sandoval said.

Southwest 13th veers to the southwest at the site, so the entrance also marks an important terminus of the view from Northwest 13th Avenue in the Pearl District south to the site, commissioners said.

"I don't think anything will be in front of that view, ever," said Commissioner Lloyd Lindley, an urban designer and landscape architect.

Michael McCulloch, design commission chairman, asked the architects for more depictions of how the building would relate to Jake's and buildings several blocks in each direction, many of which are shorter and historic.

"You want to look at this as an overall composition," McCulloch said.

The ZGF firm said it is hoping to show off its talents and values in the new building.

The design experiments with glass, which presents another pressure. On one hand, designers want a building that uses at least 30 percent less energy than the state building code requires -- which ordinarily would call for using less glass and more masonry or concrete.

They also want to maximize the glass to allow passers-by to see the desks in offices, decorations in apartments and shades in hotel space -- making it a more engaging space.

"You don't want to create an opaque vessel" like the 200 Market Building downtown, a black box, said Larry Bruton, a ZGF partner. "It's a totally dead building because you don't see what's going on inside it."

A representative of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects said the group wanted to see how plans for terra cotta on the north side of the building, rising to the 12th floor of the hotel, would relate to the rest of the building.

Commissioners said they hoped the team would have more details on color and the potential transparency of the glass in meetings in the next few months.

Andrew Jansky, an engineer on the commission, called for a greater break from the tradition of a mostly boxy form.

"I'm still looking for some projects that can bend the laws of physics," Jansky said. "Maybe there are some things back on the drawing board that can be even more compelling than this."

Dylan Rivera: 503-221-8532; dylanrivera@news.oregonian.com
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That's a pretty nice facade treatment on an otherwise boring shape. I like it. Does anyone know if the fat side or the skinny side faces the Willamette? In my opinion that will make or break this building from traditional views of the skyline.
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The skinny side (to the right on the photo) will face the Willamette.
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That'll make it then. I can't wait to see more renderings, especially of the north side with the terra cotta going up to the twelfth floor.
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That'll make it then. I can't wait to see more renderings, especially of the north side with the terra cotta going up to the twelfth floor.
I hope it will be visable from the Willamette
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That building (at least in that rendering) reminds me of a smaller version of Seattle's WaMu tower in a way.... from that angle at least. Hopefully a better rendering comes out soon!
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