The RiverEast Center Plaza and Shared Green Street – Portland, Oregon

The RiverEast Center Plaza and Shared Green Street

The Holman Building, redeveloped for commercial mixed – use as RiverEast Center, includes office space for two corporation headquarters and retail uses. The Holman Building is an important project in the redevelopment of Portland’s inner eastside, located adjacent to the Willamette River and designed to LEED Gold standards. The major site design features included converting the Clay Street ROW adjacent to the building into a pedestrian plaza which provides a connection for eastside neighborhoods to the Willamette River Greenway. Additional unique features include creating a “green parking lot”, retrofitting Water Avenue to a Green Street, conveying and treating roof runoff utilizing artistic downspouts and stormwater basins, and re-using recycled materials from building demolition (concrete slabs cut out for window openings) for site wall features. The project exceeds City of Portland standards for stormwater management by treating roof runoff from the building through stormwater flow-through planters. The development was coordinated with many local agencies including Portland Development Commission, Portland Bureau of Planning, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Bureau of Environmental Services. Portland Bureau of Environmental Services provided grants to help accomplish project goals that exceed minimum city standards. The project relies heavily on native planting schemes to conserve water consumption and promote bio-diversity. GreenWorks services included schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and services during construction.

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