Portland architecture

Helping an Oregon city blossom  by Matt Loosemore

Downtown Estacada.

Downtown Estacada.

We’ve done work in the financial field, the brewing industry, residential and commercial spaces and now we can add community building (literally). 

Over the course of most of 2019 we’ve been working with the City of Estacada’s economic development and downtown revitalization team to help transform a dusty 1938 building into one that will be renovated into a modern space to help revitalize a main street. 

Using historical photography, it was discovered that the Broadway Building had a somewhat dubious addition to it in the 60s or 70s—a common theme it seems. The goal will be to restore the facade of the building, take a historically incongruent facade on Fourth Avenue and bring it into alignment with the downtown and with the building that it's attached to.

Our goal with the Broadway Building: restore the facade of the building, take a historically incongruent facade on Fourth Avenue and bring it into alignment with the downtown and with the building that it's attached to.

Our goal with the Broadway Building: restore the facade of the building, take a historically incongruent facade on Fourth Avenue and bring it into alignment with the downtown and with the building that it's attached to.

SUM is also doing an awning replacement, taking off all of a failed stucco system, exposing the substructure, and then re-stuccoing the facade. By scaling back the existing two facades and breaking up the canopy line, keeping them at a consistent height, and adding more glass into the center space, we're actually gaining an additional retail space.

Though the building will have a bit more modern touch, using a steel canopy, with all new window systems, the old character of the building will remain, this time around with newer amenities.

The Broadway Building is just one project out of many helping to contribute to downtown Estacada’s revitalization and we couldn’t be more pleased to be helping the city shine.

The old character of the building will remain, as well as the newer mural, with newer amenities.

The old character of the building will remain, as well as the newer mural, with newer amenities.

SUM in the News: Propmodo by Matt Loosemore

https://propmodo.com/through-good-design-workstations-promote-office-collaboration/

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.