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A Renovation Saves Michael Graves’ Portland Building

Surfaces of all kinds are top of mind these days, so we decided to look at all aspects of them, in these articles, from A to Z. Thinking of surfaces less as a product category and more as a framework, we use them as a lens for understanding the designed environment. Surfaces are sites of materials innovation, outlets for technology and science, and embodiments of standards around health and sustainability, as well as a medium for artists and researchers to explore political questions.


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Michael Graves’s Portland Building, a Postmodern landmark, has been plagued with structural and operational problems for years. DLR Group and contractor Howard S. Wright have recently completed a renovation and restoration that sought to correct these issues and improve the conditions for the employees who work within its walls. Priorities in the revamp included new exterior cladding, an overhaul of MEP systems, seismic upgrades, and new interior

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Portland Public Schools asks voters for $1.2 billion to remodel Jefferson High, expand curriculum and tech access: Election 2020 preview

When Portland Public Schools set out to pitch voters on a billion-dollar bond earlier this year, the district was doing so under very different circumstances.

Back in January, nobody in the city had heard the name George Floyd. Oregon wouldn’t see its first coronavirus case for another month. And district officials were considering how best to spend $39 million in new state tax revenue.

Months later, members of the school board’s bond committee wondered aloud whether it was wise to ask voters for hundreds of millions to renovate three high schools as the economy tanked and the district found itself drafting a scaled back budget.

Decision-makers across the state’s largest district ultimately decided to put forth a leaner proposal to rebuild Oregon’s only high school in a historically Black neighborhood, fund support programs for students in the area and pump tens of millions into curriculum, technological investments and accessibility updates

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