Longstanding client Harsch Investment Properties brought SUM the task of bringing light and openness to a two story masonry building in Portland’s University district downtown. A tired and understated existing entry to the building became the focal point of change, as SUM’s design team envisioned an open, double-height space, with light pouring in from floor to ceiling windows and accent lighting overhead. Newly polished concrete floors, and contrasting white and grey wall colors lend a gallery-like feel to the space and form a perfect backdrop for the client’s art collection. The addition of an entry ramp wrapping behind a new elevator make the building universally accessible. Following the upgrades to the building, the entire space was leased and further additions have already been planned by the tenants.