Slabtown MakePortland, Oregon
Slabtown Make is situated in the vibrant Slabtown neighborhood, nestled between two renowned Portland communities—the Pearl District and Nob Hill. Originally envisioned as a solitary headquarters office building for the former Con-way Freight, the newly transformed Slabtown Make now provides a captivating, communal, and health-conscious environment for today's workforce.
Having served as the original design architect for the building, GBD was presented with a rare opportunity to enhance, modernize, and reconfigure one of their early office building projects. They played a crucial role in the redevelopment of the Conway Master Plan and several neighboring structures in Slabtown, making the restoration of this existing building into an integrated part of the dynamic neighborhood a true blessing. The repositioning efforts encompassed renovating all exterior plaza areas, both at the entry and in the recessed basement, redesigning the entry storefront and lobby, refreshing public spaces, upgrading restroom facilities, integrating bike access and amenities, implementing a multi-tenant office program, and revitalizing the exterior facade. The result is a sleek, contemporary Class A office building tailored to the needs of today's innovative workforce.
The exterior enhancements of the building played a vital role in the revitalization and infusion of fresh energy into Slabtown Make. The application of crisp white paint to the exterior precast panels creates a visually striking appeal, making the NW corner of the Conway Master Plan district truly captivating. By replacing the existing lobby entry doors and storefront, and removing the balcony eyebrow over the entry doors, the building now opens up and warmly welcomes tenants and visitors alike.