As Old Town’s first ground-up construction in a decade, we created a true mixed-use offering where people live, work, learn, and play that adds to the character and vibrancy of the district.
The structure of 38 Davis capitalizes on a historic method of a traditional 3×4 tongue-in-groove system with locally sourced Douglas fir timber beams and exposed columns. Inside, you can see where the beams come together—the joints, and the brace frames—in an energetic display of raw materials and craftsmanship that mirrors the work we do. The post-and-beam system permitted the large interior spaces, high ceilings, and large window openings, achieving our vision of a “warehouse” space that is modern and utilitarian, yet historic and comfortable. Large, open floor plates were what we needed to create dynamic communal spaces.
Thanks to a unique, inter-use greywater reclamation system, 38 Davis saves 202,800 gallons of water every year. One of the first ever LEED v4 certified developments, the entire building is a tool for sustainable education.
Located along the Willamette River in Portland’s Old Town district, 38 Davis is a destination for students, residents, our staff, and guests. Each day, we all flow through the ground floor communal lobby, where reclaimed wood wraps the threshold to shared elevators and guides visitors to our offices on the third and fourth floor.
38 Davis represents what we aspire to deliver to each of our clients: vibrant, community-centered designs that support authentic culture and inspire every person that uses them, every day.