Mayer/Reed has started work on a major expansion at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with joint design leaders the Miller Hull Partnership and Woods Bagot. As the team’s signage and wayfinding designers for the expansion of the C1 Building between C and D concourses, we will support an elevated traveler experience. The 110,000-square-foot, $340 million expansion – including new retail, dining, office, lounge and amenity spaces – will be sustainably designed with a focus on the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and its cultural and culinary offerings. With a projected completion date in 2027, we look forward designing a signage system that offers both clarity and delight for the Sea-Tac traveler.
The City of St. Helens, Oregon has selected Mayer/Reed to lead design of a destination riverwalk along the Columbia River. The project will create recreation space, community gathering areas and environmental restoration through improvements to Columbia View Park and adjacent former industrial property.Since 2014, city leaders have worked toward reconnecting the community to a riverfront once dominated by industry. With the purchase of former mill sites, the City seeks to establish a new riverfront district. The riverwalk will be the first built project and an economic driver for the greater riverfront redevelopment.
The riverwalk will proceed in phases with the first phase improving the existing Columbia View Park and a portion of adjacent vacant property. Improvements to the riverbank, a new outdoor performance venue and riverwalk structures and amenities will set the tone for phase II which will provide conceptual design for the remaining 2,870 feet of riverwalk.
In a separate project, Mayer/Reed will support an Otak-led team in establishing infrastructure for the planned mixed-use development. The work will ensure seamless pedestrian and landscape connections between the riverwalk and the development.
We’re honored to receive a Merit Award in Placemaking and Identity from SEGD, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design, for experiential graphic design installations at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. MacLaren’s new housing units feature colorful graphics designed by Mayer/Reed and artist Blaine Fontana, in collaboration with DLR Group and the MacLaren youth.
The design team explored authentic story telling with the incarcerated youth who shared images, poems, personal illustrations and stories that represent themes of integrity and transformation. The final graphics – rich with color, symbols, patterns and animal representations – are culturally meaningful for a population over-represented with minority identities.
These courtyard graphics humanize the living environment while supporting the Oregon Youth Authority’s “positive human development” approach. The awards jury appreciated how the work “opens the door for how we should be designing environments to create positive change, especially for those that need our help the most.”
Out of 340 worldwide submissions, 30 were honored with a 2020 SEGD Global Design Award for excellence in experiential graphic design.
The momentum of four years of hard work from 2,000 makers, builders, architects and designers could not be slowed, even by a pandemic. In mid-July, the Port of Portland unveiled its brand-new Concourse E extension, the first of many expansion projects under the PDX Next umbrella. The 800-foot concourse extension designed by Hennebery Eddy Architects and Fentress adds several much-needed gates, local restaurants, shops, artwork and a stunning view of Mt. Hood.
Mayer/Reed has worked at PDX for 25 years and we’re proud to be part of its evolution. For the new extension our landscape architects provided site design including a multi-use path, security fencing and signature landscape along the arrival roadway. At the interior, the extension premieres a new wayfinding sign system. Mayer/Reed collaborated with PDX Sign Master Plan firm, HOK, to realize the new PDX sign standards. We look forward to its implementation throughout the entire Portland International Airport.