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White Stag Block

University of Oregon

Because of the property’s age — parts of it were 125 years old at the time of renovation — Interface’s designers were faced with various challenges throughout the design and construction process.

Portland, Oregon

Client: Fletcher Farr Ayotte

Building Size: 117,000 sf

Project Cost: $37 million

Certifications: LEED Gold

Encompassing three separate buildings constructed between 1883 and 1907 in this National Landmark District, the renovation of the White Stag Block served to reinvigorate Portland’s Old Town/Skidmore area. The mixed-use project included tenant improvements for the University of Oregon’s Schools of Allied Arts and Architecture, Law, Journalism; office, support, and retail spaces.

We provided several creative solutions to meet the owner’s performance goals.

  • The stormwater retention tank doubled as rainwater harvesting storage, saving valuable space and funds.
  • The basement was excavated for new cooling equipment to avoid expensive seismic upgrades to the roof.
  • Varied floor-to-ceiling heights and the discovery of beautiful cast iron pillars inspired unconventional and creative ductwork design.
  • A new electrical system was designed for the overloaded neighborhood power grid.

News & Awards

  • Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2010
  • Grand Award, ACEC Oregon, 2009
  • Root Award for Learn, Portland Spaces, 2008
  • J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, 2008
  • Craftsmanship Award, AIA/IIDA Award, 2008
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