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Welcome Howard S. Wright and DLR Group

By Fred Miller, Chief Administrative Officer

I’m pleased to be the first person to write a blog post for the Portland Building Reconstruction project. This blog will be updated every couple of weeks with pictures, historical facts, staff interviews, and other elements about the project you won’t get from meeting notes, assessments, or other documents found on the Portland Building website.

For the inaugural post, I’d like to welcome the newest members of our team – Howard S. Wright and the DLR Group, who were selected for the progressive Design-Build-Relocate portion of this project.  City Council approved the contract a little over a week ago, on July 27, and work is already underway.

This experienced team rounds out City staff and the Owner’s Representative, Day CPM, already working on the project.  There is great energy from the team and people are excited by the opportunity to be part of an innovative approach to reconstructing this iconic building.  The approach was selected because it integrates the contractor, designer, and owner throughout the design and build processes, and you end up getting more for your time and money.  This approach has been successful with other projects, but is new for the City.

Up until this point, most of the work has been behind the scenes.  Now, with the contractor and designer on board, things will begin to take shape, and we will soon be able to fill in the detail everyone is interested in knowing.  These include updated timelines (although we know the project will be completed by the end of 2020), decisions about employee moves (which will be decided this fall), and a better understanding of what is needed to address seismic concerns.   

Over the course of this project you can monitor progress and learn more about it from this webpage.  Here you will find timelines, opportunities for input, updates, and this blog, which will be updated every couple of weeks.  So keep checking back because more will be available and all of it should be interesting.