Besaw's restaurant is a venerable Portland dining institution, and has been a beloved fixture in the Portland dining scene for many years. We had the opportunity to help them design their new location, a nearly 3000 SF empty shell space in a new construction building in the Slabtown neighborhood of NW Portland. Custom booth seating, and a horseshoe-shaped marble bar are some of the interior design highlights of the new restaurant. The light fixtures were custom designed by Amiga Lighting, and the wallpaper is a custom design by Kate Blairstone. We also worked with Besaw's to design the Solo Club, a 1500 SF restaurant right next door under the same ownership, with a separate kitchen, menu and decor. In addition, we built a mezzanine in each of the spaces for additional seating and an office. The contractor is Vara Design Build.
Besaw's has been our largest restaurant project to date, and we look forward to doing more work in the thriving restaurant and bar scene in Portland. Photography by Dina Avila.
Occupying a former used car lot at NE 27th Avenue and Sandy Blvd., this new one story commercial building contains four micro-restaurants, a bar, one retail tenant, and a coffee shop. All tenants share an interior dining hall and exterior plaza with tables and fire pits. The undulating façade features vertical fins with lenticular artwork by three separate artists, intended to animate the building for passing motorists, as well as pedestrians.
Providore Fine Foods
Providore Fine Foods is the anchor tenant of The Shore, an adaptive reuse project on NE Sandy Blvd and 24th Ave in Portland. The project was built in collaboration with Guerrilla Development, who we also worked closely with on The Ocean, directly adjacent to The Shore. The existing buildings were a complex of auto garages which we retrofitted as restaurant, retail and residential loft spaces. Providore is the largest tenant, with nearly 5000 SF of open food market space in addition to a large commercial kitchen. They sell a finely curated selection of local and imported foods, including fresh pasta and bread, fish, meats, produce and cheeses. We also incorporated an extensive wine room into the design, as well as a full scale commercial kitchen for their prepared foods department. As part of the retrofit, we re-roofed the building, bringing it up to seismic and energy code compliance. We also sandblasted the old growth wood framing, and ran all new plumbing, electrical and HVAC throughout the building. Site design and new exterior signage completed the renovation. A structure that was a vacant for years has now been given a second act, and now provides an outstanding new amenity for the neighborhood.
The Two Thirds Project
The two thirds project is a mixed use urban infill project, rethought horizontally. Retail uses face the street, office in the middle and residential lofts in the rear, facing a greenspace. It is a part of the transformation of the St. John's neighborhood and is organized around a series of interior alleys and courtyards.
Cable Hill Market
Located in the Yamhill Historic District, this 9,002 SF two story plus mezzanine building will be a food court on the first floor and mezzanine, with offices on the third floor. The original character of this existing building and its architectural integrity were respected while we made minor alterations to its exterior, including a new canopy and new operable windows. Architectural elements such as a mezzanine, which is set -back approximately 40 feet from the street, are used to reveal important interior spaces and activities. Visual and physical connections are created via a welcoming two story entry atrium, and two large lightwells which illuminate interior activities from the street.
A new 4' steel canopy provides integrated weather protection to mitigate the effects of rain, wind, glare, shadow, reflection and sunlight on the pedestrian environment.
The Ocean : Micro Restaurants
The Ocean is an attempt to push adaptive re-use to the hilt. What was once 100 linear feet of drop curb driveway, eschewing bikes or pedestrians in favor of cars to be fit with new tires, is now a burgeoning outdoor public dining patio. A building once filled with tires now houses 4 micro restaurants sharing the ethos and entrepreneurial spirit of food carts, now with indoor seating and clean services in lieu of blue tarps and port-a-potties. Tenants include James Beard winner and another semifinalist, each in a 550 sq.ft. micro restaurant. A once unremarkable corner of Portland has been transformed into a vibrant community hub. It is located directly adjacent to The Shore, another collaboration with Guerrilla Development, containing larger retail, restaurant and commercial kitchen tenants.
The Jowers Building is a 2-story brick and wood framed structure on N. Lombard St, in the heart of the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. Brett Schulz was hired to renovate the 1906 building, completely replacing the retail/restautant storefronts, street facing facade and entry vestibule. In addition, the second floor apartments were gutted and replaced with updated 1-bedroom units, with new windows and M/E/P services. The rear wing of the building houses a 2-story office, which was also fully renovated. Working within the many constraints of an un-reinforced masonry building, we were able to give this building a second chance, and contribute to the ongoing renewal of St. Johns as a great place to live, work and shop in Portland.
Han Oak Restaurant
Han Oak is a novel concept in Portland: a Live-Work restaurant. The client is a renowned chef who moved into the residential loft within The Ocean, a complex that Brett Schulz and Guerrilla Development designed and built in 2012. The client asked us to renovate the loft so that he could cook a reservations-only dinner for 20-30 guests, and still have room to live within the loft with his family. We worked closely with city officials to determine the proper demising line between "living" and "working" within the loft, and fully upgraded the kitchen and bathroom from residential to commercial dining establishment standards. The result is a spectacular new addition to the Portland dining scene.
This renovation of an aging but historic stadium converts it into a state-of-the-art multi-use sports and entertainment facility. Interior improvements include structural and accessibility upgrades, new concourses and concessions, and a new turf playing field, complimented by a 65 foot high manual scoreboard. Outside, new plazas contain ticket booths, ironwork, pre-cast concrete lanterns, and bronze sculptures, transforming two featureless plazas into inviting urban spaces.
The overall design of the project incorporates modern requirements while maintaining the look and feel of a vintage ball park. As project architect for local design firm Fletcher Farr Ayotte, Brett was responsible for the design of all exterior improvements. This project was the People's Choice AIA Award winner in 2001.
Photography by Gene Faulkner
Rendering of the stadium renovation
The stadium BEFORE renovation
New Public Sculpture
New ticket booths
Sunriver Office Building
This 3,400 square foot office building occupies a small irregular site in the Sunriver town center. The exterior design emphasizes wood, stone and a natural color palette, in accordance with strict design standards that require buildings to be subordinate to the forest and to blend with the natural environment. Interior spaces are vaulted full height to create a feeling of spaciousness, echoed by a vaulted lobby and entry canopy.
Oregon Pacific Building
Originally constructed in 1896 as the Macleay Building at SW 4th Avenue and Washington Street, this 5 story masonry building was remodeled into an Art Deco style department store in the 1940’s. More recently it was home to the Greek Cusina restaurant for many years, while the upper stories lay vacant. This gut remodel is intended to return the building to its original uses of ground floor retail with offices above, and includes a seismic upgrade and all new systems. Modern upgrades include a larger elevator and stairway, accessible toilet rooms, a green roof, rooftop solar array and fifth floor terrace. BSA was responsible for shepherding the project through the Design Review and Building Permit processes, as well as obtaining approval for multiple Building Code Appeals. Occupancy is targeted for mid 2016.
A new construction office building, located in downtown Canby, Oregon is distinguished by large two-story window openings with wooden sun louvers. The exterior is clad in cedar siding and ground face concrete block.
Flint Studios consists of ground level commercial space, one ground level apartment, and four loft style studios on the second level with individual roof terraces. The building uses conventional construction methods such as concrete block for the ground floor and wood construction on the second floor with an open air entry staircase.