The Brewery BlocksPortland, Oregon
Completed in 2006, the award-winning and world-famous Brewery Blocks, located at the former site of the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery, are a five-block, seven-building project in the southwest section of Portland’s vibrant Pearl District. The project is the largest contiguous private development in Portland’s history and includes:
The Gerding Theater, which was the first building on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve LEED Platinum rating.
A chilled water system at Block 1 (atop Whole Foods Market) that provides water for air conditioning and heating for all seven buildings.
The preservation of the original "smokestack" as an icon for the neighborhood.
The Brewery Blocks contain 1.5 million square feet of urban retail / class-A office space, residential housing and three levels of underground parking in the heart of the city. The historic preservation has transformed the area into a vibrant urban neighborhood and increased retail and commercial activity.
The design is faithful to both the industrial character of the former brewery and the modern Pearl District, with a combination of sustainable offices, urban housing, art galleries and smart transportation. GBD continues to call the Brewery Blocks home, occupying more than 15,000 square feet within the original Brewhouse building.
Six USGBC LEED-certified projects: 1 Platinum, 4 Gold, 1 Silver
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
2014, ULI Global Awards for Excellence, Winner
2004 AIA / Portland Award for Sustainable Design
2004, ARC, Excellence in Engineering Award
Libby, Brian. “A Vibrant Development: The Brewery Blocks.” Daily Journal of Commerce, Special Pull-out Feature. (February 2003): 19-29.
Sierra Club, Inaugural Guide to America’s Best New Development Projects, 2005