Grant High School in northeast Portland is the third Portland Public Schools high school to be modernized with recent bond funds. Upon completion, it will accommodate over two thousand students and will join recently updated Roosevelt and Franklin High Schools as a state-of-the-art learning environment.After over two years of design, demolition is well under way at the Grant campus. The removal of select, outdated building additions has begun to allow visual and physical connections between the campus and adjacent Grant Park. New vistas of handsome historic facades and mature trees are revealed after decades of obstruction. The site framework we’ve envisioned is beginning to materialize.We look forward to seeing new outdoor spaces for the school and community take shape out of the current landscape of mud and rubble.
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.
Two Mayer/Reed projects received awards during the November 3rd ASLA Oregon Annual Awards Soiree. Jurors recognized the Willamette Falls Riverwalk Concept Design with an Honor Award in the Planning and Analysis category. The concept design, developed by Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed and DIALOG, was celebrated for its sensitivity to environment, history and potential to initiate an urban recovery story that’s equally remarkable as the falls themselves. The client group is comprised of Metro, Oregon City, Clackamas County and the State of Oregon.
In the Communications category, Mayer/Reed and Portland Parks and Recreation received an Honor Award for the SE 150th & Division Park Master Plan. The jury appreciated how the creative, multi-cultural outreach and engagement efforts in one of Portland’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods led to a well-supported park design.
The ASLA Oregon Design Awards honor firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture that promote an enhanced quality of life in Oregon and beyond.
It is not always clear when we start a project, how our work will unfold. In designing the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility East Housing, DLR Group brought us on to study how environmental graphics could support their design for positive human development. We understood the importance of bringing inspiration to a traditionally institutional and harsh facility.
For over a year, we collaborated with mural artist Blaine Fontana and led the process with incarcerated youth and Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) staff to find shared values. We heard what the young men are learning and their hopes for others who find themselves there. They contributed poems, stories, images and sketches as we all navigated sensitive topics such as cultural inclusiveness, respect and safety. I was impressed by their thoughtfulness and ability to express their ideas. Working with the youth and the dedicated OYA staff was an eye-opening experience unlike typical design undertakings.
Opening day was particularly heartwarming. The youth gave tours of the new facility, exuding pride as they told the mural stories. We hope that telling the mural story will continue to be a part of each cottage community.