TriMet’s Transformational Housing and Transit Access Project Are Moving Forward Together

TriMet’s first ever transit-oriented development (TOD) recently received an enthusiastic green light from the Portland Design Commission. Along with the pedestrian access way which received land use approval earlier this year, the two projects will transform the existing Hollywood District transit center into affordable housing and a public paseo.

The complicated site serves the needs of many, and coordination between the two projects proved key. As a collaborator on both teams, Mayer/Reed provided urban design, landscape architecture and experiential graphic design that unifies the site as a cohesive, active and safe community space.  

As part of the infrastructure project led by David Evans & Associates, Mayer/Reed designed a paseo and stair/ramp structure (dubbed the “stramp”) to provide an important pedestrian and bicycle connection between NE Halsey and the pedestrian bridge to the light rail station and neighborhoods across I-84. Mayer/Reed associate principal Shannon Simms describes the paseo as more than a pathway. “It offers fluid travel through the site with ‘eddy spaces’ to the sides that invite people to linger in the plaza.”

The vibrant design is inspired by the outpouring of community support following tragic events that occurred on a MAX train in May 2017 and a subsequent mural titled “We Choose Love” created by artist Sarah Farahat. While the mural was intended to be temporary until the construction of this project; the design teams and TriMet collaborated with Farahat to carry forward the messages of healing, remembrance, unity, love and safety through flowing forms and color.

This infrastructure project carves out space for the TOD project, led by Holst Architects and developer BRIDGE Housing, which will provide over 200 affordable housing units, retail space and a courtyard on the TriMet-owned property. Curved seatwalls delineate the residents’ courtyard from the public paseo.

The Portland Design Commission lauded the design. “It is a fantastic project,” noted Commissioner Brian McCarter. “Shout out to the architect, the landscape architect who worked on both pieces of the property and to TriMet for making this happen.”

The two project teams will now finalize their designs, with a groundbreaking set for January 2024 and opening expected June 2026.

Posted: May 04, 2023
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Posted May 04, 2023
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Categories: PROJECTS 

The Hattie Redmond Brings Supportive Housing to North Portland

Co-developers Home Forward and the Urban League of Portland recently celebrated the opening of the first of several planned apartment buildings established specifically to address houselessness in the Black community. Located in North Portland, the Hattie Redmond provides permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities who request culturally specific services. With 60 studio apartments, the building will provide residents with focused and intensive services for a population over-represented in houselessness, yet underserved. The unique residential development is named for Hattie Redmond who was a suffragist and civil rights leader in Oregon. The building’s trauma-informed, culturally specific design aims to create a stress-free environment to help residents regain dignity and hope. As designers of the Hattie Redmond’s signage and wayfinding on SERA Architects’ team, Mayer/Reed is proud to have been a part of this important addition to our city.

Posted: Apr 10, 2023
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Posted April 10, 2023
Written by: Mayer/Reed
Categories: PROJECTS 

Construction Begins on Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatics Center

A long-awaited recreation and aquatics center is one step closer to fruition for residents of Lake Oswego. Mayer/Reed joined City leaders, community members and design and construction team representatives to celebrate the start of construction at the March 15 groundbreaking event.

The site affords space for a stormwater treatment pond surrounded by a small meadow and native plants to enhance use by wildlife. Rendering by Scott Edwards Architecture.

Set to open in summer 2024, the Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatics Center will offer strong indoor/outdoor connections within the park-like public golf course setting. Mayer/Reed and Scott Edwards Architecture worked together to design a nature-inspired community asset that incorporates indoor aquatic and recreation amenities with several outdoor social spaces. Art and gardens will welcome visitors in the entry forecourt and four distinct plaza and courtyard spaces will allow activities to extend outside of the building.  

The main plaza has terraced seating for activities such as small concerts and other public events. An adjacent remodeled rental facility for private events features an outdoor reception courtyard with views of the golf course. Rendering by Scott Edwards Architecture.
With terraced seating, the main plaza accommodates performances and other public activities. An adjacent remodeled event facility features a reception courtyard with views of the golf course. Rendering by Scott Edwards Architecture.

Triplett Wellman is leading the construction of the $46 million project.

South Park Blocks Master Plan Receives Award from Oregon Recreation & Parks Association

The master plan for Portland’s historic South Park Blocks received an ORPA Planning Award in recognition of outstanding planning practices and processes. We are proud to have been a part of the complex planning process for this beloved downtown green space.

The South Park Blocks Master Plan develops a long-term concept for the park’s physical rehabilitation as well as a tree succession strategy to improve the resilience of the park’s iconic trees. The recommended design respects the park’s historic character while addressing accessibility and equity considerations throughout. On the MIG-led project, Mayer/Reed provided plaza planning and alignment for the Green Loop that weaves additional pedestrian and bicycle capacity along the park.

Portland Parks & Recreation accepted the award at the Oregon Recreation & Parks Association (ORPA) conference on November 8 in Sunriver, Oregon.

Posted November 09, 2022
Written by: Mayer/Reed