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Mercy Corps in Portland, Oregon, USA by THA Architecture

 
May 16th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: THA Architecture

Mercy Corps is a global relief organization that works to turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress.Their new headquarters is comprised of the restoration of a 42,000 sf neglected historical landmark in a challenging urban district and an addition of similar size. An egalitarian layout and environmental features actualize Mercy Corps’ mission to foster sustainable economic development through collaboration and self-empowerment while also helping to revitalize the neighborhood.

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  • Architects: THA Architecture
  • Project: Mercy Corps
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Project Completion Date: October, 2009
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 85,000 square feet
  • Other Building Description: Both new and renovation
  • New: 50.0%
  • Renovation: 50.0%
  • BOMA Floor area method used: No
  • Hours of Operation: 8am – 6pm
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $21,300,000.00

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Beyond supporting more efficient operations, promoting effective collaboration within the organization was a fundamental design goal. A spacious atrium that doubles as an informal meeting area is defined by a light-filled stairwell that connects the building’s levels. This airy core also functions as a stack ventilator. Thus, efficient building performance and enhanced employee comfort are fully integrated.

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The addition’s exterior employs a weaving motif that both symbolizes its work approach and provides a harmonious complement to its historical counterpart. The headquarters also includes the Action Center – a window to the world – featuring interactive exhibits that educate visitors about the constantly changing nature of relief and development work and provide suggestions for concrete ways people can act now to help. Ground-floor community meeting facilities further extend the headquarters’ role within the community.

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