An abandoned warehouse adjacent to the Hawthorne Bridge has been transformed into a LEEDs Certified Showcase. RiverEast Center has brought over 300 jobs to the neighborhood and provides Portland, Oregon long awaited, improved public access to the East Bank esplanade. The innovative public plaza is the first shared “green street” in Portland to treat stormwater from both public and private runoff sources.
Group Mackenzie, the project architectural and engineering firm, used a multidisciplinary approach to ensure that the design aesthetics of the Art Deco warehouse were not lost in the transformation into a sustainably designed and functional office environment. RiverEast Center achieved LEED Gold certification
, one of the highest ratings for sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council.
RiversEast LLC, formed between Jay Haladay, Chief Executive Officer of Portland-based software development company Coaxis, and Jeff Reaves, president of architect/engineering firm Group Mackenzie, developed the property as new, expanded headquarters for both of their companies.
“Our most valuable asset is our employees. The move downtown makes it more convenient for them and provides an exciting, creative work environment on the river” - Jay Haladay/Coaxis, Inc.
Haladay's company Viewpoint Construction Software develops industry-leading enterprise software solutions for the construction vertical markets.
Group Mackenzie’s approach to design is holistic, incorporating sustainable strategies to enhance the overall design aesthetic and functionality of buildings and sites across all disciplines. Our designers and engineers collaborate on integrated concepts that result in projects that are visually pleasing, have lower operating costs, are resource efficient, and support healthy, quality environments for building occupants.
“RiverEast Center is good for the neighborhood, our employees and the city as a whole. It showcases Group Mackenzie’s sustainable design capabilities as well as the firm’s multidisciplined skills; it was a challenging project.” - Jeff Reaves/Group Mackenzie