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Architect

Mackenzie


Completion

2016


Contractor

Turner Construction


Financing

Homestreet Bank

Keeping it Creative

When we set out to imagine the first new industrial office building in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, we asked ourselves—how do we create a workplace that people actually look forward to coming to, one that is authentic and synergistic with its place? Now home to the headquarters of Simple Bank, a rapidly growing tech company, Clay Creative is a vibrant presence that sparks collaboration within and responds contextually to the surrounding neighborhood outside.

The site was formerly home to the Taylor Electric warehouse, destroyed by a massive fire in 2006. We drew upon our extensive experience with environmental mitigation to restore the contaminated land back to good health via a collaborative partnership with Oregon DEQ. We then designed a workplace where people want to be, adding some of Portland’s best local food purveyors on the ground floor and a one-of-a-kind rooftop amenity deck with stunning views of the Willamette river and downtown Portland skyline.

High ceilings with exposed heavy timber construction and large operable windows ensure ample natural daylight and access to fresh air. Raised access floor mechanical system sets this building apart, offering LEED standard energy performance as well as maximum flexibility for its occupants. Tenants also enjoy ample bike parking, electric car charging stations, nearly 100 on-site parking stalls which doubles as an indoor/outdoor event space, and convenient access to the Portland Streetcar and the MAX light rail.

One of the most memorable features of the new building is a nod to its past. During the years that the burnt-out building sat vacant, it emerged as a notable destination for street artists, serving as an ad hoc canvas that attracted photographers, performers and tourists from around the nation. The original graffitied walls still flank the south side of the property and we continue to partner with the Portland Street Art Alliance to celebrate and preserve the story of this unique icon in SE Portland’s evolving landscape.