ELS initially worked for the Portland Development Commission preparing a master plan for downtown that accommodated a planned light rail system. With ELS’ assistance, the developer won the rights to develop several central blocks. Activating surrounding streets, Pioneer Place is a sensitively-scaled three-block specialty retail, entertainment, restaurant and office development that preserves views of the Willamette River from several adjacent blocks. On axis with the landmark Pioneer Courthouse, the project is finely detailed with cast stone, terra cotta, limestone, skylights, and glass canopies to maintain the scale and elegance of this historic retail district.
Awards and Publications
AIA, East Bay Chapter Merit Awards, 1994, Urban Spaces No. 2, 2001, Urban Spaces, 1999, Urban Land Institute Project Reference File, January–March 1995, Building Design & Construction, March 1994, Downtown Development Handbook, 1992, American Shopping Centers, July 1992, The Oregonian, Business Section, October 30, 1990, The Oregonian, March 30, 1990