New Work: 400 SW 6th

400-bldg-lobby The 400 Building in downtown Portland recently did a face lift in the main floor lobby, and elevators, and we had the honor of building the focal pieces, the concierge desk and wall/ceiling paneling.  The general contractor team was Thom Maki and Carlos Montero of Fortis construction and the architect team was Scott Brown, Brian Durban, and Michael Thrailkill of Yost Grube Hall, all good people as is apparent by the results.

The material is cherry veneer panel (with a clear finish) and white quartz  (the frame around the desk), but in the overall picture they share the stage with the lighting, which as you can see is a huge element in the composition.

The biggest challenge for us in building this piece was the installation, making a plan that would keep the joints tight, but allow for adjustment as needed to fit the building (which is never true and square).  When it comes to finish carpentry, I like to say we are visual artists.  Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good it is good’.  I take it from him, “If it looks good it is good”.  Our biggest compliment came from the Project Manager, Carlos, who said, “All your preplanning made it look easy”.

The project recently won awards in the Best of Public category at the IIDA Portland Awards.

My thanks to Michael, who originally recommended us for the job.

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