Portland’s construction boom has slowed, but it still feels like there are cranes everywhere.
Indeed, there are 60 or so developments under construction valued at $10 million or more. They can be found throughout the city, but most are clustered in the downtown core. Other construction hotspots include North Interstate Avenue, the Pearl District and the Central Eastside.
Among the projects permitted or underway:
- 42 are apartment or condo buildings
- 11 are office, classroom or clinic buildings
- Six are hotels
- Two are self-storage buildings
Most are around six stories high, but 15 are 10 stories or higher. The highest, the downtown Columbia apartment tower, is 20 stories.
Here are 11 of the biggest by construction value.
Multnomah County Central Courthouse
The 17-story courthouse is under construction at 1220 S.W. First Ave., near the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. The $325 million courthouse will be paid for in part with $125 million in state money. The rest will be paid by the county. It’s expected to open in 2020.
It’s actually considered a major addition to the 1909 Jefferson Station building, which began life as an electrical substation and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. A historic preservationist has proposed to have that recognition stripped because of the scope of the renovation.
Hoffman Construction of Portland is the general contractor. It was designed by SRG Partnership of Portland and RicciGreene Architects of New York.
Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center
This 600-room Hyatt Regency hotel, a project in the planning for decades, is intended to boost the business of the adjacent Oregon Convention Center by providing a large block of nearby rooms for visiting events and groups.
The Metro regional government, which owns and operates the convention center, is backing the $240 million project through $60 million in revenue bonds, which will be repaid with lodging taxes collected at the hotel.
The 14-story hotel also will include 32,000 square feet of meeting venues, a bar, a restaurant, and a gym. It’s expected to open this year.
The building was designed by ESG Architects of Minneapolis for Mortenson Construction, which is the developer and general contractor. Upon completion, the building will be sold to Hyatt Hotels Corp.
This 17-story tower will include 220 apartments, offices and retail space. The developer is Portland-based Gerding Edlen. It’s being built on the former site of the Fishels furniture store, and it was expected to be completed in 2020, according to Gerding Edlen.
GREC Architects of Chicago designed the building, and the general contractor is Hoffman Construction of Portland.
Renderings of a proposed development at 140 S.W. Columbia St. in downtown Portland. The development would include 349 residential units, ]15,000 square feet of commercial space and 236 parking spaces. It would also incorporate an existing underground parking garage for the KOIN center.
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By: Elliot Njus | The Oregonian | July 8, 2019