Seattle-based architecture firm NBBJ has opened an office in downtown Portland to support its health care project work in the state, which includes expansion projects encompassing more than 1 million square feet.
The new Portland office, which also will support the firm’s work in Southwest Washington, represents NBBJ’s 11th office location globally and seventh in the United States. The firm, founded in Seattle in 1943, has more than 750 employees.
"Establishing an office in Portland is vital to our strategy to be close to Northwest clients and locate in creative capitals ― the places where NBBJ's innovation-based practice and creative design culture intersect," says Steve McConnell, NBBJ managing partner. "With a long history of designing regional projects, we can provide the highest level of service to our Oregon clients by combining NBBJ's global knowledge with local insight and design talent.
Among the health care projects on the architectural firms plate currently are a hospital expansion for the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); a freestanding children’s eye clinic for the Elks Children Eye Clinic at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute; an expansion of Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center; and a new patient tower and intensive-care unit expansion at St. Charles Health in Bend, Oregon.
The new Portland office will be led by NBBJ partner Jose Sama; NBBJ principal Larry Parrett; and Jessica Radecki, NBBJ health care director. In addition, Portland residents Teri Oelrich, an NBBJ partner and leader of the firm's health consulting practice as well as NBBJ design partner Jonathan Ward will be based in the Portland office.
NBBJ also has offices in Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Hong Kong; London; Los Angeles; New York; Pune, India; Shanghai; San Francisco and Seattle.