Insights

Chapel Renovation Wins Palladio Craftsmanship Award

For two decades, the national Palladio Awards has recognized traditional design that enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment. Our team’s renovation of Providence Academy sought to do just that when taking on the project in 2019. On Monday, Traditional Building Magazine announced this year’s winners, recognizing the Providence Academy Chapel with […]

Mass Timber + Hospitality: What’s New?

Last summer, SERA Principal in the Hospitality Studio Gary Golla convened a research group to look at mass timber construction in the hotel industry. Mass timber buildings tend to be thought of as beautiful, with warm, welcoming spaces and distinct sustainability advantages, but that doesn’t mean they’re a perfect fit for every use or building […]

Post-Covid Possibilities: Exploring Hotel-to-Housing Conversions

The pandemic has disrupted the typical supply-and-demand dynamic in many industries. In the short term, this is especially true for Hospitality. Thus, the topic of converting “distressed properties” to other uses is receiving a great deal of attention lately. While speculation around opportunities for distressed hotels will likely diminish with economic recovery, there will continue […]

Hyatt Centric Named Best in Hotels by IIDA Oregon

Last week, the IIDA Oregon chapter awarded the Hyatt Centric Portland top honors by naming it the Best in Hotels at the 2020 Design Excellence Awards celebration! Held virtually this year, the event recognized projects and professionals enhancing interior design across the state. Also: IIDA Oregon Recognizes Emerging Professional Laura Kienlen SERA designed the Hyatt […]

IIDA Oregon Recognizes Emerging Professional Laura Kienlen

Each year, the IIDA Oregon chapter recognizes a junior designer who has advanced interior design in Oregon through their passion for design and persistent reach for excellence. With a groundswell of backing from her colleagues at SERA, IIDA Oregon honored Interior Designer Laura Kienlen with the 2020 Emerging Professional Award! A pivotal member of our […]

Mass Timber + Hospitality: The User Perspective

The use of mass timber construction is gaining momentum in the US; however, its aesthetic, construction, and sustainability advantages remain largely unexplored for hotels. This is the final entry in our series exploring the development of a realistic, hypothetical mass timber hotel. Don’t miss parts I to III: the developer, architect and operator points-of-view! Spread-eagle […]

Mass Timber + Hospitality: The Operator Perspective

This is the third entry in our blog series exploring the development of a realistic, hypothetical mass timber hotel. Previously, we looked at the perspectives of the developer and architect, and next week, we’ll see how mass timber can create a memorable guest experience! Walking into our hotel, I smiled as I scanned the wood […]

Mass Timber + Hospitality: The Developer Perspective

The use of mass timber construction is gaining momentum in the US; however, its aesthetic, construction, and sustainability advantages remain largely unexplored for hotels. Our multi-disciplinary team has begun exploring the construction of hotels with mass timber by examining the potential advantages and challenges that would be encountered in envisioning and bringing to market a […]

Work Design Magazine Competition Success!

Back in June, two teams from the SERA workplace studio submitted for an international competition hosted by Work Design Magazine. We are proud to announce that both submissions made it to the finals — one receiving an honorable mention, and the other named WINNER!   With the ongoing pandemic, the competition posed a less idealistic question […]

Community Asset: How Libraries are Adapting to COVID

Throughout the pandemic, library facilities have continued serving their customers. While many library buildings remain closed to patron use, most provide at least limited services to the degree community leaders and staff feel is appropriate and safe. Especially in these times, where there’s a high reliance on technology and electronic resources, libraries are providing a […]