Advocacy: PacWest Center Repositioning

In early 2016 alterations were proposed to the PacWest Center, a 1984 building was designed by Hugh Stubbins & Associates of Cambridge and the Portland office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The project was submitted to the City of Portland for a Design Advice Request, an early stage in the review process that takes place before the project is submitted for design review. Docomomo Oregon outlined concerns that the alterations proposed would adversely impact the building by removing curved glass storefront, and introducing wood and green walls to the exterior of the building. The Design Commission agreed, as summarized by the planner for the project:

The Commission acknowledged the significance of the building and noted that it is likely to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places after its 50th birthday. As such, respecting the architectural integrity of the building, its iconic curves, and its restrained material palette is critical.

As of summer 2017 the project has not further advanced. Should the project be submitted for Design Review Docomomo Oregon will provide comments as necessary.

Further Information

Full drawings for the PacWest Center Repositioning [7MB PDF]
• Docomomo Oregon’s letter to the Portland Design Commission concerning alterations proposed to the PacWest Center.
• Summary Memo written by City of Portland staff following the hearing.