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Portland Mall Revitalization in Portland, Oregon by ZGF Architects LLP

February 2nd, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: ZGF Architects LLP

Already an icon of progressive planning, the revitalized Portland Mall is significant nationally as a new benchmark in urban design, place-making and transportation infrastructure. Extending the entire length of downtown Portland, it mixes multiple modes of transportation, stimulates adjacent development and re-establishes itself as one of Portland’s premier civic spaces.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert)

  • Architect: ZGF Architects LLP
  • Name of Project: Portland Mall Revitalization
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Owner: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)
  • Photo Credit : Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert)

  • Associate Architect: Hennebery Eddy Architects; SERA; THA Architects
  • Engineer: Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners; John Knapton; KPFF Consulting Engineers, Inc.; LTK Engineering Services; URS Corporation
  • General Contractor: Kiewit Construction Group, Inc.; Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
  • Landscape Design: Mayer/Reed
  • Project Manager: Shiels, Obletz, Johnsen


Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert)

The project involved renovation or rebuilding of 58 blocks and 59 intersections while providing exclusive transit lanes for buss and light rail, dedicated lanes for autos and bicycles, enhanced sidewalks for pedestrians, and parking and loading zones.

The original Mall created in 1978 was deteriorating after years of heavy use and diminishing public maintenance funding. To reverse this decline and accommodate a projected 1 million new residents by 2030, TriMet in partnership with the City of Portland, Metro, the Portland Business Alliance and the architect, teamed up to create a vision for the Mall as a Great Street.

Images Courtesy Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert

After more than a decade of process, design and construction, the Mall’s reopening was complemented by two major hotel redevelopments, national retail openings, over 40 local storefront renovations, and several institutional projects.

The revitalized Mall combines design character, aspirations, active context, operations and management of a truly great street for the 21st century.


Images Courtesy Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert

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