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August-mid-September 2018

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The Portland Building Reconstruction Project

Construction Update: August-mid-September, 2018

 The Portland Building reconstruction project has made great progress this summer, with work proceeding ahead of schedule. The primary objective of the project is to create a functional, accessible, sustainable, and seismically upgraded public building.


In the past two months, work on seismic upgrades, as well as both exterior and interior demolition, has progressed.

  • Interior demolition was completed on schedule in mid-July.
  • Seismic upgrades continue, with slab cuts for the installation of new shear walls complete through level 7. Shear walls have been installed through level 4.
  • Exterior work is progressing, with the removal of the last of the exterior tile and current work on window demolition.


  • Seismic upgrade work will continue with shear walls through the building core.
  • Anchors for the new unitized curtain wall are being installed in preparation for exterior improvements scheduled to begin later this year.


  • Sidewalk Closures: Please continue to expect sidewalk closures along the SW 4th Avenue and SW Madison Street sides of the building due to pedestrian safety concerns. The pedestrian tunnel installed on SW Main Street and the covered sidewalk along SW 5th Avenue will also remain in place for pedestrian safety. Please follow pedestrian detour signs for your own safety.
  • Noise: Neighbors may notice occasional noise from construction during normal business hours.
  • Parking: Street parking on the Portland Building sides of the block will not be available.
  • Traffic Flow: Lanes will mostly remain open, with a few temporary closures on SW 4th Avenue only. Construction may cause minor delays.
  • Trimet: Stops and routes will not be impacted, with the exception of a few days. Please check TriMet’s website for updates.

We appreciate your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.


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