In a rapidly changing post-industrial district just north of Portland’s iconic Fremont Bridge lies Field Office, a 300,000 square foot, LEED Platinum workplace. Field Office blurs the lines between office and park, providing every tenant with opportunities for unmediated access to nature without sacrificing productivity. The form and material presence of the building recalls the industrial history of its location while maintaining a sophisticated presence and contemporary palette. In doing so, Field Office appears rooted in time and place while presenting an innovative vision of the future.
The V-profile metal cladding is a contemporary take on the corrugated sheet metal that once defined the industrial area. Stacked wood cladding panels and soffits flank the entrances and areas where people engage with with the building. All the wood used, including the tropical hardwood, is FSC Certified to ensure that it comes from responsibly managed forests. At the ground level, reclaimed Belgian cobblestones, another nod to the history of the area, and concrete pavers form the public plaza. Storm water retention ponds and native plants appear to break through the paving, and decks overlooking the retention ponds act as a site amenity, allowing users to be totally immersed in a natural scene.
Field Office takes every opportunity available to intertwine the work space with the landscape. Several pavilions throughout the plaza act as locations for informal gatherings as well as functional meeting spaces. Above the plaza, each tenant space enjoys an outdoor “high park.” These terraces are equipped with work surfaces complete with power and data to support productivity while plants function as screens that shelter these parks and give employees a tangible connection to nature. The roof also has 4 “sky parks” with sweeping views of the city, the Fremont Bridge, and Forest Park. Three quarters of the total roof area is green roof with the remaining area given to a large PV array to offset the energy usage of the building.
Architecture and Interiors: Hacker
Builder: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Landscape: Lango Hansen
Energy Consultant: PAE
Sustainability Consultant: YRG