Recipient of the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon Excellence in Engineering Award, the structural design for this two story, 1918 URM building was born from a vision of enhancing the use of an old building damaged by fire and connecting it to its neighboring buildings, all while staying within the confines of the building’s footprint in downtown Portland.
The complexity of the design needed to be solved by MCE to meet the client's vision. They wanted to create access to the basement of Washington Plaza and design an elevator tower with a sky bridge that would reach the adjacent Spencer Hotel. The many interrelated aspects of Spencer Court contributed to the intricacies of the structural design, all of which were resolved.
Durability of the design was a factor that lent to the structure’s suitability of a tight space. Using the SR Wall System and concrete moment frames, they strengthened and added ductility requirements to the structure for seismic loading.
- Roof deck foundation design
- Service elevator to skybridge design attaching Spencer Court to Washington Plaza
- 90 foot elevator tower design to sky bridge accessing the adjoining hotel
- Utilized SR Wall System to increase the structure’s durability while lowering upgrade costs
- Concrete moment frame design to allow for continuous windowed storefront