Completed in 2016, this 45,000 sf creative office was part of the evolution of the Lloyd Center Mall in Portland, reimagining downward-trending retail uses as other uses. A six-theater cinema and adjacent empty retail space were transformed into an administrative office and call center for Providence, a large regional medical corporation.
Located on the top floor of the Lloyd Center, the project presented several challenges due to the original cinema’s solid exterior concrete masonry wall, a single entrance off the food court, and the need to maintain most of an adjacent service truck concourse. An attached parking garage was separated from the interior by a concrete-framed wall infilled with brick. The brick infill from the concrete wall was removed and stairs and a ramp from the parking level down to the office level were added, converting an unused portion of the truck concourse into an entrance court for the new office space. This new entrance allows staff to directly enter the office without going through the mall. Large openings for windows were cut into the solid masonry walls.
Skylights were added to reduce the lighting demand and allow natural light to transform the once cave-like space of the original theaters. Custom-designed acoustic clouds were strategically sized and positioned in the ceiling to absorb excess reverberation while accenting the skylights and artificial lighting layout.
The original projection mezzanine was opened up to look over the remaining space below and a new central stair now links the two floors. To avoid the clutter of two-story high power poles, low-profile wiring chases were added under the carpet. An elevator was also added, utilizing a shallow elevator pit to avoid projecting beyond the ceiling of the retail space below.
The design included over 250 systems furniture cubicles, a reception area, multiple enclosed offices, interview rooms, several small and large conference rooms, a large training room, collaboration spaces, break rooms with kitchenettes, a lactation room, workrooms, and an interior bicycle storage room.