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Speculative office development is typically driven by market appeal, adaptability and cost, all of which made mass timber a perfect fit for this project in Portland’s central east side. District Office was completed during a time when several other commercial office buildings were also coming on the market, yet the project was almost fully leased soon after completion, thanks to the market appeal of its distinctive wood interior and efficient office grid spacing. The building has 38-foot colonnade-to-window spans on one side and 28 feet on the other, creating spacious, open office layout options. District Office also includes several other unique features, including removable floor sections, a beautiful floating mass timber staircase, and a clean interior aesthetic. The design team found ways to save by utilizing 3-ply CLT panels, innovative beam-to-column connections and quick, efficient installation, for a distinctive yet cost competitive development.
See the WoodWorks Technical Case on the District Office: Mass Timber Differentiates Speculative Office Project.
See the business case study for this building (for Real Estate Developers).
Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT or glulam), Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete)
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer of Record
Urban Development + Partners
Freres Engineered Wood