Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - convention centers

Designers: Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall (DMJM) (firm); Mayer / Reed, Incorporated, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communications (firm); Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) Partnership (firm); Phillip James Daniel (architect); Robert J. Frasca (architect); Brooks R.W. Gunsul (architect); S. Kenneth Johnson (architect); Arthur Edwin Mann (architect); Carol Mayer-Reed (landscape architect); Irvan F. Mendenhall (civil engineer/structural engineer); Norman Cunningham Zimmer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1990

total floor area: 512,000 sq. ft.

777 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard
Lloyd District, Portland, OR 97232

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Building Notes

This $85 million convention center was constructed of precast concrete with a brick veneer. An article in Progressive Architecture in 1989 described the building: "Located across the river from downtown in the hopes of attracting future development in the area, the 512,000-sq-ft Oregon Convention Center utilizes an unusual bimodal plan. The solution...was dictated both by the oblong, warped site and by the need to avoid facoring one street over another. Visitors will enter two 31-foot-high lobbies and either ascend a half level to the 25,000psq-ft ballroom or descend hald a level to registration, exhibition, and meeting rooms. The halls, totaling 150,000 sq ft, can be divided into a maximum of five equal modules. A steel truss system spans the column-free space. Trucks gain direct access onto the floor from loading docks at the site's southwestern edge. Skylighted masts above the prefunction areas bring natural light into the center of the building." (See Jessica Elin and Daralice D. Boles, "More than a Box with Docks,"Progressive Architecture, vol. 70, no. 2, 02/1989, p. 79.)


The Portland, OR, landscape architectural firm of Mayer / Reed designed a stormwater rain garden at the Oregon Convention Center in 2004.

PCAD id: 16381