Boora Architects

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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

For the first five years after it moved its headquarters from New Jersey to Oregon, Adidas was headquartered in the suburb of Beaverton, an enclave of chain restaurants and strip malls located about 20 minutes from downtown Portland. Over time, Adidas grew unhappy with its outer-city locale. Demographically a young workforce, employee lifestyles revolve around Portland's hip downtown more than the suburbs.  And being in Beaverton required some long commutes. To win the battle for top talent, the company decided it would need a new facilty.  An active urban headquarters modeled after a European village, rather than a suburban enclave behind defensive berms, better suited the company's youthful,energetic brand.

 

To accomplish this goal, they agreed to a deal with a local developer for a long-term, build-to-suit lease in the decommissioned Bess Kaiser Hospital.  The medical center's ample 11-acre site offered enough area for the 600,000 square feet that Adidas wanted long-term.  But the site was divided by a four-lane truck route and a 30-foot grade change. As the existing hospital buildings comprised only 215,000 square feet, Adidas called for a site master plan for a new headquarters complex that would comprise the existing buildings and new construction while making very strong spatial and functional connections between the two sides of the site.  After the exceptional potential of the site revealed itself through the planning process, Adidas purchased the site and became its own developer.

To unite the complex across the busy Greeley Avenue, Boora's design team extended a wedge-shaped entry plaza at the heart of the existing hospital complex to the opposite side of the site, creating a large public space at the center of the complex and giving both existing and new buildings a focal point. This plaza directs all circulation to this shared central space and collects executive, employee, and visitor traffic flow.

Sited at the center of the plaza and forming the core of the complex, an elliptical fitness center doubles as a conference space for corporate events.  To preserve open space around the new buildings for public and corporate playing fields, an 830-car garage fits into the excavated hillside, capitalizing on the significant grade change from one side of the site to the other.

As the core and shell architect, Boora then sought an exterior skin treatment for the complex that would unite the existing hospital buildings with the new construction across the street. The design team devised a building skin for the new buildings teeming with windows and vibrant color. The cladding totally covers two of the new buildings, while on the other side of the site, the patterned skin provides only an accent, creating the effect of a reflection of the new buildings on the old.

The village's design makes strong connections between the headquarters and Portland's Overlook neighborhood, which surrounds it. In contrast to corporate sites that restrict public access, Adidas wanted to make its complex an asset for the community.  For this reason, the concrete skybridge over Greeley Avenue provides safe passage not only for employees passing between buildings but also for neighbors crossing the busy thoroughfare to access a transit stop on the street.  The design aligned the paths of the campus's internal circulation with existing circulation paths in the neighborhood and eliminated all barriers to moving unimpeded from the neighborhood to the complex and vice versa.

The re-use of the hospital facility required abatement of hazardous materials – asbestos, chemicals, even a nuclear radiation lab. Of the remaining materials, Adidas made a concerted effort to reuse whatever it could from the existing facility. Doors, lights, sconces, lockers, fire extinguisher cabinets, and exit signs from the Bess Kaiser facility remain in the buildings today. Discarded toilets, shelving, cabinets, stainless steel counters, surgical equipment, and doors were routed to Portland’s Rebuilding Center, a marketplace where building materials diverted from the waste stream are sold. Additionally, through the assistance of Mercy Corps International, Adidas was able to donate 110 tons of new or existing hospital equipment to needy facilities in developing countries.

Selected publications

Architectural Record
Offices Building Types Study, June, 2003

Metropolis
"If You Build It," August, 2001

The Oregonian
"A Little Verve on the River," January, 2001

Urban Land
"Hospitable Headquarters," November, 2002
"Ten Projects Win ULI's 2008 Awards for Excellence: The Americas," August, 2008
Awards

American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
Award of Merit, 2003
Mayor's Design Award, 2003

American Institute of Architects (Pacific Region)
Award of Merit, 2004

Urban Land Institute
Award of Excellence: The Americas, 2008
Global Award of Excellence, 2008