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Alexander Craghead

It's funny, I've been admiring the building on Intestate for some time but had not realize it was a new, purpose built structure. I simply thought it was a remarkably nice example of late Atomic Age architecture that had been reused. The windows and it's efficient use of light are probably the things that stood out to me most.

(Obviously, I've never walked up close to the building or would have noticed some of the newer details such as that wire barrier.)

Congratulations to the folks who were at Mahlum at the time. They succeeded in bringing a building to Interstate that is both contemporary *and* fits with the Atomic style of the neighborhood's commercial strip. It blends without being a mockery, a nostalgic trip, or a bland "context" building.


Mahlum does great work!


Potestio does great work!


Somehow the architecture at N Interstate feels less impressive after you've sat in their waiting room for 2+ hours with a screaming baby.


Mahlum project, although it looks great, the envelope is horrible from a sustainability perspective. The large west facing glass facade with the sun shades that are designed for the south don't work and therefore the building is a magnet for the intense afternoon sun. Whenever the sun is out the internal shades are shut, the lights are all on inside,and I'm sure the HVAC is going overboard. Probably LEED Gold.

A Nonny Mouse

Not mentioned in the article above, is that local firm PKA Architects was responsible for the interiors of the Kohler Pavillion. Truly good work done by local people.



The person to whom the P+W quotes is attributed is Nick Seierup in the article, and Eric Aukee on the blog...

Brian Libby

Sorry DE, the quote should be attributed to Nick Seirup.


The use of imagination and creative work of both Mahlum and Potestio is impressive. The views that were achieved by their design skills benefit the employees and the patients. These two buildings received a well deserved AIA National Healthcare Design Award and I congratulate them on bringing life and energy into the Providence North Portland Clinic on Interstate Avenue and the Peter O. Kohler Pavilion at Oregon Health & Science University on Marquam Hill.

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