Saturday, October 18, 2008

ZGF Tower Proceeds Apace

ZGF Tower

"Surface parking now dominates the blocks on Southwest Washington between 12th and 13th Avenues in downtown Portland, Oregon. This area is located between the vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Pearl District and Portland’s Central Business District. West Burnside, an active street that divides Portland into north and south neighborhoods, separates the 12th and Washington project from our successful Brewery Blocks development and the greater Pearl District. In 12th and Washington, we saw an opportunity to extend the success of the Brewery Blocks across Burnside thus acting as a connector between the West End and the Pearl District.

"ZGF Architects needed a new headquarters to accommodate their growing workforce. Combining ZGF’s new office with market-rate apartments and vibrant ground-floor retail will bring more people into the city’s core, stimulating economic and cultural development.

"Putting five floors of underground parking, first-floor retail, 85,000 sq. ft. of offices and 274 apartments all in one building requires a lot of thought and flexibility, especially for a project targeting LEED Gold sustainability status. The building, designed by ZGF, will incorporate design values that ZGF holds true, and that their clients aspire to, into a place they will call home.

Project Scope: 22-story building; First-floor retail; 17 floors urban homes; 4 floors office space; Underground parking
LEED Status: Platinum (anticipated)
Project Cost: $137 million
Project Timeline: Feb. 2007-May 2009"

The ZGF Tower is in our view (and taking over part of it). The chilled water system (2000 tons of water) atop Whole Foods provides water for air conditioning and heating to all of the Brewery Blocks. Today work started on extending the chilled water system from the top of Whole Foods to the ZGF Tower.


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