Vancouver dreams big until economy awakes

1. Heritage Place Condominiums, 137 condominium units plus covered, gated parking and 14,500 square feet of retail space. Opened 2000. 2. 3. Esther Short Commons, two-block development with 139 work force apartments, 21 market rate apartments, 20,000 square feet of retail. Opened 2004. 4. 5. The Columbian Building, six-story, 118,000-square-foot office building was intended to house Vancouver's daily newspaper, whose owner was forced to give up the property in the course

Skylab Architecture creates 'Camp Victory' for Nike at Track and Field Trials

It's called Camp Victory but "Planet Nike" might be more fitting. Three trapezoidal structures, each about 1,400 square feet, dominated the west side of Hayward Field during the U.S. Track and Field Trials, which are scheduled to conclude Sunday. A fourth structure, with a more straight-forward purpose, sells Nike shoes, apparel and other gear. The pavilions – "Shoe Lab," "Speed Tunnel," "Nike+ Running" -- were the creation of Skylab Architecture, The Portland firm began collaborating with co

Boora Architects of Portland key to Phil Knight namesake center at Stanford University

On Friday, Boora representatives were on hand for the dedication of the Knight Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an eight-building complex on 12.5 acres. The business center named for Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight is the most recent of four major Stanford capital development projects in which Boora has played a lead, or key supporting, role. "They understand how projects get done at Stanford," Kathleen Kavanaugh, program director at the Knight Management

N. Portland dreams of its own river trail

They have at least two things in common: Close proximity to the Willamette River and urban wildlife. But the Greenway is more of an idea than a trail. And the big idea is that the Greenway could do for North Portland what the Springwater has done for Southeast. A group of North Portland advocates hopes that one day a riverfront trail will stretch between St. Johns, or points north, to the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and the Steel Bridge. It's tempting for Greenway advocates to make the drea

Nike World Headquarters campus expansion plans offer hints at dramatic design

Whether you realize it or not, there's a good chance you've seen the Hoke House. The angular, cantilevered residence in Portland's West Hills was made semi-famous in the "Twilight" movies and has been lavished with praise in design magazines. Skylab Architecture of Portland was responsible for the Hoke. And Skylab appears to be bringing that same sense of shape, space and structure to the enormous office building it is designing for Nike's headquarters expansion project in suburban Washington C

Massive South Hillsboro project breaks ground; welcome mat out for 20,000 people

An earth-moving truck rumbled behind Jesse Lovrien as he spoke with a reporter, proof that the largest planned residential development in Oregon history is at last becoming a reality after 15 years of politicking and planning. "We're moving about 600,000 yards (of dirt) in our first phase," said Lovrien, vice president of operations for Newland Communities, the lead developer of Reed's Crossing. "Moving from high spots to the low spots." Reed's Crossing will be the first development in the muc