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Brad Cooley

Obviously, this has been one of the strongest points in history for Portland's building sector. The built environment has shaped a new image and feeling for the city and it's neighborhoods. I hope it continues a more broad era of investment in the future of the city.

Portland has done a great job of establishing areas near downtown both to the North in the Pearl and to the South in South-Waterfront where growth can continue as needed. We were treated with vertical growth that will be hard to match as a discussion of floor to air ratio (FAR) actually became an important aspect of development.

Not only was the downtown strengthened but neighborhoods were tethered more strongly with new development in the N, NE, and SE. I think there is tremendous potential established that now must be backed up with real job and industry creation.

I look forward to the new year and the place Portland has established itself in these difficult times.


Thanks for this-- I didn't know about the new no-cars bridge over the Willamette. I've posted about it at FosterPowellPDX.com, and linked to your site as one of my faves. Keep up the good work!

By the way, anyone can post at FosterPowellPDX.com-- we'd be honored to have you as a guest writer there. I'd be especially curious to learn which are your favorite buildings in SE? My fave in Fo-Po is the flat-iron building shown here.


Of all the buildings completed in 2008, the Casey is my favorite. It has a great street presence that makes the immediate neighborhood feel all the more hip and active. The overall design aesthetic is my favorite to come out of Portland. It maintains a great balance of being a very forward modern design, while fitting in and building upon the urban fabric. It helps that it is close to GBD's other Brewery Blocks designs. All those buildings have a very similar clean, geometic aesthetic that fit together in a way that I like. However, the Casey breaks from the feeling of being too corporate and conservative by lighting up the skyline with a bright yellow and white. Portlanders always say we want brighter buildings and we seldom ever get them. What makes the Casey especially is that the color is executed so well. The materials are impeccable and taste level is extremely high. And I haven't even mentioned the unprecedented LEED Platinum rating yet. No wonder Gerding Edlen executives built this to be their own home. I sometimes question the glass art installations, but hey, why not? They certainly are fun and, like most good art, easily become a topic of discussion. The largest downside of the project? The price. On the other hand, I like that these were built to last and have a larger standard footprint than the typical Pearl 800 sqft loft. I feel like real (albeit affluent) families could do condo living and urban infill in a building like the Casey, which means less SUVs and more shared heat and resources in these energy efficient homes. Aside from the grand opening, it will be a long time until I could afford to enter this building again. However, I greatly appreciate it’s addition to our skyline and urban development.

Brian Libby

Valentij, I agree the Casey is a very well done building, and I think your points about the geometry and color are accurate. However, I did hear a rumor that one of Gerding's executives has traded in a Casey condo for a unit in Atwater Place, the Gerding-developed, Thomas Hacker Architects-designed South Waterfront condo.

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It is truly amazing to see the effort put forth by a country in need. in these trying times the best thing possible is to keep moving forward and to keep building and progressing to a better tommorrow. Construction is the cornner stone of our foundation that makes this country what it is.

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