Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

More Contact Info


Balfour Guthrie Exterior
Location: 733 SW Oak Street Portland, Oregon
Building Type: Commercial Office
Construction Type: Historic preservation/Tenant improvement
Area: 6,000 ft2 (floor plate)
Project Scope: 2 stories (ground floor & basement)
Project Cost: $3 million (soft-$1.6, hard-$1.4)
Completion Date: May 2002
Ratings & Awards: LEED Silver

The Balfour Guthrie Building is historic in nature and progressive in performance. Originally constructed in 1913, the stone structure has hosted a variety of tenants who have configured and used the space in a number of ways. Where once stood a production machine, however, now stands a daylit design station. The Balfour Guthrie Building's most recent tenant, Thomas Hacker Architects, Inc., redesigned the building and balanced objectives for historic preservation and sustainability by including such features as a high-efficiency heating and cooling system, exposed structural elements, and an integrated daylighting strategy among others. The design has renewed the historic integrity of the building while enhancing its performance 24% beyond energy code.
Project Highlights:
  • Integrated daylighting design
  • 24% better energy performance than code
  • High efficiency, zoned HVAC system
  • FSC-certified wood
  • 75% C&D waste recycled
  • Systems commissioning