Across the Finish Line…..Contributor: Swinerton Blogger | July 30, 2014
Just under a year ago, the Portland team set out to renovate a forgotten building located in Portland’s Old Town district. This rejuvenation of the lobby has brought life back into the building and spurred new tenant leases. Block 300 is expected to be fully leased by the end of the year.
Construction wrapped up in May and was celebrated with a grand reopening. Current tenants, newly-leased tenants, and construction partners joined in the festivities, celebrating the beautiful new lobby and amenities with antipasti and local wines.
The lobby renovation creates a dramatic entry using laminated architectural glass panels (both mirrored and translucent), solid 3/8” stainless-steel-plate-wrapped openings and trim, concrete tile floors, hand-made Italian wall tiles, suspended wood ceilings, and an interior living green wall. The lobby also features the second Philips LumaBlade LivingShapes interactive wall panel installed in the United States, and only the third in the World. Additionally, Swinerton renovated the basement locker rooms and built-out a new gym and bike storage area. In June the project achieved LEED® Gold certification.
To allow uninterrupted access to the occupied floors and the on-site childcare facility, phased construction was required. Persistent attention to delineation and direction of tenant traffic, dust and noise protection, and cleaning, ensured the public’s on-going safety while construction moved forward. Swinerton worked closely with building management and tenants to establish site safety plans to successfully maintain safety for both the public and construction personnel.
With the high level of finishes installed, quality control was a necessity. A close relationship and constant communication with the design team and subcontractors ensured that no detail was overlooked. Using technology such as PlanGrid to manage construction documents kept the project team updated and informed.
Swinerton’s success has not gone unnoticed by owner Kaufman Jacobs; producing results and a strong relationship has secured the on-site project team additional work. Currently in preconstruction is a build-out for Puppet Labs on the fifth and sixth floors (approximately 68,000 square feet), and continued work for the Army Corps of Engineers and newly leased tenants. A portion of the second floor will be the future home to Swinerton’s Portland office. The office is currently in the design phase; construction will begin mid-summer and wrap up late fall.