Civic leaders, designers, alumni, students, neighbors and even miniature horses celebrated the re-opening of Grant High School on September 7. A major modernization transformed the historic campus and buildings to the delight of visitors who marveled at the 21st Century learning environments behind the restored 1924 facade.Thanks to removal of non-historic structures, the campus gained well-connected open spaces, a sports field expansion and seamless integration with the adjacent Grant Park. Grant is the third of Portland Public Schools‘ completed high school modernization projects, following Franklin and Roosevelt High Schools. Next up for construction are Madison, Lincoln and Benson High Schools.
Concrete, stone, steel and water come together as Portland’s newest civic plaza nears completion. The Oregon Convention Center Plaza celebrates Oregon’s cultural and natural beauty through materials, craftsmanship, performance and design.
Last week the Portland Design Commission presented their third annual Design Excellence Award to the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic on Oregon Health & Science University’s Marquam Hill campus.
“The building and landscape work together to create a place of healing. They are elegant in their simplicity,” noted Julie Livingston, Portland Design Commission Chair. “The site plan organizes and makes sense of competing uses in a manner that improves the pedestrian environment and benefits both the new building and also the existing Casey Eye Institute.”
The building received Design Commission approval last fall and is under construction. The design commission lauded NBBJ’s architecture, Mayer/Reed’s site design and OHSU’s commitment to design on their urban campuses. Carol Mayer-Reed accepted the award on behalf of the team at a Portland City Council meeting, May 1.
Mayer/Reed is excited to announce our first light installation at the Portland Winter Light Festival!
Kinetic De Light is a dynamic 40-foot display of hundreds of skateboard wheels that playfully respond to visitors. A touch of the hand spins light from one wheel to the next, creating streaks of light that fade like comets. Randomness and patterns emerge from the ebb and flow of users’ interactions. Come spin some light with us! Bundle up and find us on the esplanade just south of Tilikum Crossing Bridge by the Portland Opera. #31 on the map.
Mayer/Reed is an active supporter of the festival which is set to brighten our city and our spirits February 7-9, 2019. The free outdoor festival enlivens the dark winter nights with illuminated, interactive art installations, vibrant performances and spectacular fire sculptures.