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Joint Forces HQ Wins National Design-Build Award

The Major General George White Headquarters in Salem, Oregon, demonstrates that a joint forces building can be seismically safe, secure, sustainable – and award-winning. This month, the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) awarded the project a National Design-Build Merit Award, also making it eligible for a National Award of Excellence! SERA partnered with Fortis […]

Catch us at Design Week Portland!

The 8th annual Design Week Portland is next week, and again this year you can find our thinkers and designers in the mix of fantastic exhibits, discussions, parties and open houses across town. We hope to see you at the following events, so register now, before they fill up. And don’t forget to tag us @seraarchitects! […]

SERA Helps Public See Possibilities for Jantzen Beach Carousel

On Monday, SERA joined Restore Oregon for the public unveiling of a new urban concept for the historic Jantzen Beach Carousel. A series of renderings created by SERA staffers Sean Bolden, Brian Stevens and Steven Ehlbeck show how the carousel — one of the largest surviving examples from the golden age of carousels — can […]

My Five Points of Process, Inspired by JFHQ

Throughout my journey through design and construction of the Oregon Military Department’s Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ), I discovered several key points along the way that made the project successful. A play on Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture, I created my own Five Points that are directly related to my personal creative process, and can be […]

New & Improved EMU Named Students’ Favorite Place

University of Oregon students picked the Erb Memorial Union as the No. 1 place they feel belonging on campus, and shed light on their favorite spaces in the newly-updated student union building. The findings are in a study by the university’s Office of Assessment and Research, conducted to gauge how students feel they fit in within […]

PARK(ing) Day: Reimagining car spaces as people spaces

I went to a lecture last week by Martha Schwartz, a world-renowned landscape architect who became famous for challenging the status quo by using purple aquarium gravel and shellacked bagels in the midst of a very formal, baroque garden setting. Also a Harvard professor, Schwartz discussed how her class at the Graduate School of Design […]

Topped out! Another Seismic Retrofit in Washington County Takes Shape

Last week we celebrated the topping out of the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building (PSB) in Washington County, marking the completion of exterior shear walls on the building’s north wing. It has almost been a year since construction started on the PSB, and two years since design wrapped up – a truly celebratory occasion […]

Housing the Houseless: Lessons Learned from our PlyPAD

SERA’s PlyPAD has finally been installed in Kenton Women’s Village! This unique, pro-bono project sought to create an affordable, easily-replicable shelter using CNC-milled plywood. It is now the fifteenth tiny home for a formerly houseless woman, just steps away from SERA’s original POD home. The PlyPAD is a small project with a layered history: after […]

Architects Without Borders Critique Session

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 28th — Architects Without Borders Oregon will be presenting a schematic design for the School for Deaf Children in Les Cayes, Haiti. Critique Session: School for Deaf Children Four of this project’s fourteen volunteers are SERA employees, and include Fearn Smith, John Heinen, Brian Stevens and Nathan Korol. We’ll be giving […]

Braced for Safety: Washington County’s Law Enforcement Center

Yesterday, Washington County officials cut a ribbon to mark the completion of structural seismic upgrades to the Law Enforcement Center at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office & Jail! SERA was hired to design the structural approach with KPFF Consulting Engineers in December 2015. Although the building is only 22 years old, analysis and advancement in […]