A new visitor experience, entertainment venue and entry sequence for the Oregon Convention Center are unanimously approved through the Portland Design Commission.Mayer/Reed’s design for the main entrance and northeast plaza will provide more active destinations within the public realm. The two plazas, along with an improved streetscape along MLK Blvd., invite visitors to enjoy a casual style of hospitality and a taste of the rich Oregon landscape typologies.Designed to accommodate new patterns of use in response to the new 600-room hotel across Holladay Street, the spaces feature a new digital information pylon, an outdoor event terrace, an amphitheater and programmable use space that’s open to the public. The contemporary design utilizes basalt stone, weathering steel, wood, a variety of informal plantings and incorporation of public art.
The new design is part of a $27 million project to update the interior and exterior of convention center led by LMN Architects for Metro. Mayer/Reed’s previous work at the Oregon Convention Center includes the award-winning Rain Garden.
2017 marks two anniversaries in the evolution of our interdisciplinary design studio. Forty years ago, Michael Reed, established Mayer/Reed focusing on the intersection of product design and visual communications. Ten years later, Carol Mayer-Reed joined the practice to form a larger multi-disciplinary partnership that includes landscape architecture and urban design. With the more recent addition of Kathy Fry and Jeramie Shane as principals, the practice continues to expand and evolve and is now a studio of 26 diversely talented professionals.
Throughout our 30/40 landmark year, we are exploring the nature of community and place through reflections, observations, and images of Mayer/Reed’s work culminating in a “Beyond Opening Day” photo exhibit. The November exhibit will explore the story of place and identity as seen through the lens of users. As designers, we are interested in learning how our projects have taken on a life of their own.
What are your experiences in the places that Mayer/Reed has designed? Have you captured special moments or a remarkable shaft of light?
Mayer/Reed has promoted Ryan Carlson and Elizabeth Talley to Associates in recognition of their leadership.Ryan Carlson, LEED AP is a registered landscape architect and project manager. His professional pursuits range widely from urban projects such as the Hyatt House Downtown/Portland and the Franklin High School Modernization to parks and ecologically focused projects such as Portland’s Willamette Park Improvements and the Ebey Waterfront Park and Trail in Marysville, WA. Ryan holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. He joined Mayer/Reed in 2005.
Elizabeth Talley, SEGD is a visual communications designer and project manager. She has been with Mayer/Reed since 2011. Her design leadership in wayfinding and experiential graphics focuses on economic development and user experience. Liz’s recent projects include LOCA/Goat Blocks development, 333 Dexter Office Building, Prometheus Real Estate Group and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University and volunteers for Venture Portland.