SUM in the News: Dwell by Matt Loosemore

A solid way to end the year? How about a profile of Matt Loosemore, our principal and co-founder, and his own Portland home in Dwell?

 The genesis behind the remodel was the need for an upstairs bathroom in the 1949 Cape Cod home, where Matt, his wife Monica and two children have lived for 20 years. Matt kept sketching (and then kept sketching and sketching) and from there the project morphed into a whole new home. Here’s a blurb from the article in Dwell that walks the reader through the process:

 Says Loosemore, "We designed it to accommodate friends," which was also the impetus for remodeling versus moving to a new home. They were the youngest family when they arrived in 1999. "Our neighborhood became our best friends."

 To read the whole piece, go here.

SUM in the News: Propmodo by Matt Loosemore

Eric Hoffman, principal and co-founder, wrote a great piece for Propmodo on open offices, workstations, and how good design can help make even the gloomiest workspaces come alive. Here’s a nugget from his post:

People want to be able to feel like they have ownership in a project—and be in an environment where they can talk and joke with peers and not worry about being penalized for it. Don’t let the words “open office” cause anxiety. There are numerous ways to still have plenty of light, privacy, and room to breathe, even in a space were the staff work in workstations. Good design ensures this.

 To read the whole piece, go here.

New project in the works: Clackamas County Bank by Matt Loosemore

SUM is ready to roll out a new project this fall.

After meetings with the client, meetings with the community, and a design review with the City of Gresham, we’re ready to break ground on the newest branch of Clackamas County Bank in Gresham, Oregon.

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Ironically, the site was a former bank back in the day, then a TCBY (remember them?) and now, when built, will be a 9,500 SF, two-story bank branch with drive-thru facilities, 26 new parking spaces in a surface parking lot, and two short-term bicycle spaces located outside the building, with associated site improvements.  

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The new branch, with four existing branches already in Welches, Boring, Gresham (to be closed), and Sandy, will be comprised of a main floor with the main branch area, as well as offices and support spaces. The second floor will contain loan offices and—this is cool—a community room where local organizations can gather for meetings and events. It’s a nice touch and makes the space one the community can use and genuinely benefit from.  

Off to the side of the community room, visitors will be able to enjoy a large outdoor fireplace during our cold, rainy months. Rainwater will be gathered over the entry canopy and flow down the face of the building in an open downspout manner so that visitors can actually see the water going into the rain garden (another enhancement we proposed and are thrilled to have make it to the final design).

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Aesthetically, the new bank will use interesting exterior materials. Cladded with 80% brick, light gray and dark gray, the branch will include natural wood and natural Loon Lake stone. Overall the new look will complement the culture of the bank: a warm, inviting place that offers a professional but very personal atmosphere for its customers.

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Clackamas County Bank represents the latest in a portfolio of financial institution projects. Watch for updates on our blog during construction and completion.

SUM & Momentum, Inc underway on new ground-up branch for TwinStar Credit Union by Matt Loosemore

We're excited to announce our latest project, a ground-up branch for TwinStar Credit Union in Aberdeen, WA.  Another collaboration with Momentum, Inc, the branch will feature expressive roof forms, exposed timber structure, and a durable, timeless exterior to stand up to the climate of the coastal town.  Inside, clerestory windows will wash light into a large open-plan branch area with warm interior finishes creating a welcoming atmosphere.  Click image to see more!

Final Images from Verity Ballard are in! by Matt Loosemore

We're so happy with how this branch turned out for Verity Credit Union in Ballard.  Our latest collaboration with Momentum, Inc, this tenant improvement presented some unique challenges and some innovative design solutions, including a Haworth concrete raised access flooring system to limit penetrations through a PT concrete slab, as well as unique LED light fixture which catches the eye of many a passer-by on the street!