- Landscape Architecture
- Master Planning
- Urban Design
- Stormwater treatment & bioswales
- Transit connections/alternative transportation
The Oregon Convention Center and The Rose Garden are adjacent large entertainment venues conveniently located next to light rail transit and the Portland street car. The surrounding district is the second-largest employment area in the state and is ripe with potential to yield greater private investment. Mayer/Reed was part of a multi-disciplinary team that studied ways to establish a vital entertainment district and mixed-use neighborhood in the sixteen blocks that surround the convention center. The overall purpose was to develop an urban design plan and identify catalyst projects that will facilitate re-development of these blocks. One of the key catalyst projects is a headquarters hotel across from the convention center.
Meeting the city’s sustainability goals was also an important component of the plan. Mayer/Reed’s role in the project was to examine potentials for the urban design components such as parks and open space, plazas, streetscapes, and pedestrian routes that create connectivity to adjacent neighborhoods, the Willamette River and downtown. The firm specifically investigated how each street in the vicinity has potential to contribute to the district and its pedestrian circulation and traffic patterns.