Myhre Group Architects announces completion of Oregon condos
December 11th 2007
Myhre Group Architects, a Portland, Ore.-based firm, has announced the completion of the Beranger Condominiums, a four-story, mixed-use building featuring 24 market-rate residences in historic downtown Gresham, Ore. The project promotes the social sustainability of a dense urban lifestyle, encouraging the use of mass transit, bicycles and walking.
A public/private project, Beranger Condominiums was a group effort between the developer, Peak Development LLC; the City of Gresham; and the regional government, Metro. This high-density, transit oriented development is a welcome newcomer to the quickly evolving downtown area, offering a fresh new look and an assortment of retail and living options.
"It was an honor to work on a project that incorporates a variety of quality of life issues including environmental, social and economic sustainability, and the benefits of public/private development partnerships," Brian Laramee, associate of Myhre Group Architects, tells MHN. "Collaborative work between the design team and Lone Oak Construction influenced creative project development and assured the ultimate realization of the design intent."
The Beranger's position, only three short blocks away from the local light-rail (MAX), allows residents access to easy, efficient and ecologically-friendly public transportation throughout the Portland area. The project is also just steps from the planned site for Gresham's Cultural Arts Center, a weekly farmers market, and quaint local shops.
Beranger's four-story structure includes a mix of 7,000-sq.-ft. commercial and retail spaces with tuck-under parking for residents. The housing portion of the building provides a variety of floor plan options with loft-style, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Gresham Planning allowed a height increase for the vertical development - simultaneously complementing the scale of downtown Gresham while promoting a healthy alternative to horizontal residential sprawl.
Sustainable stormwater management features include rooftop and grade-level, flow-through planters and porous paving. The ecoroof, viewable from a rooftop community patio, acts as an educational tool for the residents and guests. As well as serving a practical purpose, aesthetically the roof provides gorgeous views and a green oasis in an urban setting.