12th & Washington Plans Move Forward

Oct 05, 2006

Acting as a gateway between the Brewery Blocks and the central city, 12th and Washington will soon be revitalized into a bustling core

Proposed design for the new 22-story tower that will house new headquarters for ZGF, urban homes and retail.

Gerding Edlen, the Goodman Family and ZGF Partnership are collaborating on a 22-story tower that will include new headquarters for ZGF Architects, housing and ground level retail, reports Randy Gragg of The Oregonian.

“The new headquarters will be the first major building ZGF has designed with Building Information Management (BIM), a new three-dimensional computer program that allows architects to, in effect, construct buildings electronically before they are built physically. The result is that more parts of the building can be pre-manufactured, turning construction into a simpler assembly of parts.”

“From the quintet of buildings the firm has designed at Oregon Health & Science University to nearly a dozen downtown towers to OMSI, the Oregon Convention Center and the BPA Headquarters, ZGF’s architecture has mapped Portland's growth. So equally important to all the partners was finding a location for its own headquarters that would change the city.”

“In a perfect illustration of the wise/brash dynamic of the firm, [Robert] Frasca hopes the headquarters will help link the bustling Brewery Blocks with the Cultural District, triggering more development in the West End. Sandoval sees a chance to mark the major intersection of Interstate 405 and West Burnside.” 

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