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  Brooklyn YardBrooklyn Yard


The Rommel Architectural Partnership, LLP
1200 N.W. Naito Parkway, #550, Portland, OR 97209

General Description

Location: Portland, Oregon
Date Bid: Dec 2007 Construction Period: Apr 2008 to Apr 2009
Total Square Feet: 63,987 Site: 2.506 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Below grade parking, 20,842; first floor 21,567; second floor, 21,578; total, 63,987 square feet.
Building Height: Below grade parking, 10’; first floor, 19’; second floor, 23’; total, 45’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type A3 over S2 garage.
Foundation: Concrete walls, columns & footings, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Metal panels. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Associated Consultants, Inc. - 1340 S.W. Bertha Boulevard, #200, Portland, OR 97219
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Bremik Construction - 1026 S.E. Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: System Design Consultants, Inc. - 1515 S.E. Water Avenue, #400, Portland, OR 97214
Civil Engineer: Ztec Engineers, Inc. - 3737 S.E. 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
Landscape Architect: Chris Freshley Landscape Architect - 1020 S.W. Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97205

Brooklyn Yard is a redevelopment of a blighted site in southeast Portland, Oregon. This development consists of two buildings: a three-story fitness center building and a one-story retail building.

Together, the fitness center's first and second floors combine for over 43,000 square feet. The below grade garage level is an additional 20,842 square feet and has 65 parking spaces. The ground floor construction is a 10-inch post-tensioned concrete floor. The second floor construction is a composite system made of steel deck and concrete topping slab. Steel columns, beams and joists make up the structural system for the first and second floors - concrete columns and slab are at the garage level. The roofing is a built-up roof with a white cap sheet, which lowers the building "heat island" effect. The exterior of the building is clad in metal panels and low-e glazing.

Making the fitness center building approachable from a pedestrian level was a primary design focus. The striking graphic pattern found on the building's facade is a design element that attempts to visually scale down the building to the Public. The graphic pattern also gives the building a sense of being "in motion" which relates to the heavily trafficked highway which the building fronts. Large projecting screens are found at the building's corners that direct pedestrians to the main entrances. These elements also give the building another layer of massing that adds to the effect of the scaled down size.

The adjacent one-story retail building has a combination of metal panels, steel canopies, brick veneer and low-e glazing on its exterior. Steel columns, glulam beams and wood joists make up the building's structural system. Just like the fitness center building, the roofing used here is a built-up roof with a white cap sheet, which lowers the building "heat island" effect.

In an attempt to bridge the size difference between the larger fitness center building and the one-story retail building, the architect has given design emphasis to the retail building's corners. Here one finds large projecting screen elements that scale up the retail building's size to better relate to the adjacent fitness center. The use of the same perforated screen material on both buildings gives a sense of continuity from one project to the other.

The site work includes a new parking lot that has 166 parking spaces. Water runoff from the parking lot is directed to bio-swales that treat the water before letting it percolate back into the ground. The planting materials used through the site have been carefully selected to require very little irrigation.

Project cost data reflects fitness center shell only. Retail building not included.

Product Information
Perforated Metal Panels: Kalzip
U.S. Aluminum Flushfront Series
PPG 1/4-inch Solarban® 60 Low-E over 1/4-inch Solexia®
Entrances & Storefronts: U.S. Aluminum 400 Series Medium Stile FF601
Roofing: Malarkey Built-Up Roof 506 Super with 502 Cap Sheet
Elevators: Thyssen Krupp Oildraulic® Elevator Marquis 25

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