Boora Architects

People Make Buildings

Arts Centers
Campus Buildings
Civic Buildings
Custom Homes
K-12 Schools
Mixed Use
Planning
Renovation
Sustainability
Workplaces
Bodyvox Dance Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mesa Arts Center
Old Dominion University – GoodeTheatre
PICA 2004 Temporary Theater
PICA 2005 Temporary Art Center
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Scripps College – Music Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
UTPB–Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech – Integrated Arts Center
Walton Arts Center
Community College of Denver
Dartmouth College Hopkins Arts Center
Earlham College Fine Arts Complex
Earlham College Science Building
Harvey Mudd College – Learning Building
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Michigan State - Cook Recital Hall
Old Dominion University – GoodeTheatre
Oregon State Univ – Classroom Building
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Scripps College – Music Building
Stanford – Knight Management Center
Stanford – Nano Engineering Center
Stanford – Huang Engineering Center
Stanford--BioE-ChemE Building
Stanford – Y2E2 Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
UC Santa Cruz – McHenry Library
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
UTPB–Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech – Integrated Arts Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
McMinnville Courts/Council Building
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Vernonia K-12 School
Boles/Kahle Beach House
Boora Beach House
360° House
The Step House
Kitchel Residence
The Tower House
Coastal Residence
Baker Prairie Middle School
Beaverton School District
Central Catholic High School Expansion
Clackamas High School
Crystal Springs Upland School
David Douglas Early Learning Center
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
Vernonia K-12 School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
HOYT Block 15 Condominiums
The Encore Condominiums
The Metropolitan Condominiums
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Bodyvox Dance Center
Boora's Office Renovation
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
Scripps College – Music Building
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
UC Santa Cruz – McHenry Library
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
Baker Prairie Middle School
Boora's Office Renovation
Clackamas High School
North Pearl District Master Plan
One Waterfront Place Office Building
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Stanford – Knight Management Center
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
Corporate Dining - Japanese Cafe
Corporate Lobby Renovation & Sky Lounge
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
Flexible High Tech Office Design
LEED Platinum Office Improvement
Cloud Computing Offices & Amenities
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
High Tech Human Resources
High Tech Office Redesign
Literary Arts
One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

After 96 years of use, Lincoln Hall, home to Portland State University’s performing arts, was in such terrible shape it was considered for demolition.  State funding emerged to save the building, but only covered costs for deferred maintenance, accessibility and seismic improvements. 

Through creative thinking on how to do more with less, the team stretched a deferred maintenance budget into a whole building transformation. The design peeled away past remodels to reveal the logic of the original building. Hidden space was found and utilized. The interiors are exposed to daylight and natural ventilation.

The design utilized two original light wells at the building core as an economical location for seismic bracing.  After removing in-filled roofs and floors, prefabricated frames were inserted from above.  The resulting multi-story light wells were capped with skylights. 

Infilled window openings at each level were re-opened, flooding the interior with daylight, spatially connecting the levels and revealing the structural frame.  As building systems were replaced, the interior character was transformed through color and daylight.

During the process, PSU acquired additional funding to replace exterior windows with efficient, historically accurate replicas. The resulting energy efficiency allowed for a smaller rooftop mechanical system, so two large mechanical rooms were reclaimed for educational use.  In the basement a new black box theater with support spaces was created.  On the fourth floor, an electronic music studio was added.  Overall, 1,500 square feet of additional academic space was added.

This revitalized landmark serves a new generation of 21st century educators, students and performers.

The renovation achieved LEED Platinum certification and was honored with First Prize by the 2030 Challenge Design Awards co-sponsored by the Portland AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Architecture 2030.  The 136,000 sf building achieved a 63% energy savings compared to an average building of the same size and type.