by Eric Saunders

“This was a very unique opportunity, and it required us to develop a unique approach. We needed the project to do more than just draw more commerce and business to the area. It needed to work for the way Portland residents live and work, and do justice to a fine old neighborhood.”

-  Eric Saunders, Point B Property Development

Challenge

Historically, the small, vibrant John’s Landing neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, has been home to an offbeat, youthful crowd, but the area's office space has long been in need of a refresh. Portland residents pride themselves on walking the talk when it comes to maintaining a low carbon footprint, but John’s Landing residents found themselves having to travel outside the community to work.

Addressing a market need

Point B Property Development wanted to develop office space that would attract a creative, diverse workforce while honoring the needs of local residents. By leveraging our knowledge of the Portland market, we located a piece of land just off Macadam that was in need of redevelopment. The project will be called HoodWORKS.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for us,” said Matt Hargis, founder of Point B Property Development. “The project complements an existing Point B- owned office building located just north of HoodWORKS. We’re working to meet the needs of the millennial demographic in a very unique Portland neighborhood.”

Attracting today’s workforce

The development will transform an old house and a small warehouse into a 17,000-square foot, three-story mixed-use building. The first floor will be reserved for retail, with offices on the second and third floors. “It’s designed for the way millennials work,” Hargis said. “We hope its design and tenants will reinvigorate the neighborhood."

The design will showcase features that attract creative, entrepreneurial users of office space; plans include bike lockers, showers and a rooftop deck. We’re leaving the door open for co-working facilities, and considering everything from a brew pub to a neighborhood healthcare clinic for the first floor.

Cutting-edge construction

Our design for HoodWORKS incorporates cross-laminated timber (CLT), exposed ceilings, concrete floors, and exposed wood beams for a look that’s soulful but efficient and modern. CLT panels are known for their exceptional strength and stability, and are used to build earthquake-proof buildings in Europe.

“We’re applying cutting-edge construction techniques that will enable more efficient construction and sleek aesthetics,” said Point B’s Eric Saunders, principal. “Only a few projects using CLT have been done in Portland.”