The Brewery Blocks Redevelopment

Portland, OR
Gerding Edlen Development
GBD Architects
R&H Construction (Block 1); Hoffman Construction (Blocks 2-5)
Block 4 - LEED Gold Certified Block 5 - LEED Gold Certified Block 3
The Henry- LEED Gold Certified Block 3
Gerding Theater at The Armory - LEED Platinum Certified Sustainable Stormwater
Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Site Development
Utility Infrastructure
Land Use and Master Planning
Stormwater Management
Land Planning
Seismic Design
ALTA/ASCM Land Title Surveys

Located in the Pearl District on the former site of the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery, the Brewery Blocks is one of the largest redevelopment projects in Oregon’s history. Today, it remains one of Portland’s most ambitious and most successful urban neighborhood projects. The five-block project includes structural, civil, and surveying services for 1.7 million square feet of upscale retail, housing and office space over three levels of underground parking spanning two-and-a-half city blocks.

This sustainable redevelopment effort involved a technically complex mix of selective demolition, historic restoration, seismic strengthening and new construction. Three new office buildings, a 15-story condominium tower, a 16-story apartment complex and commercial space, and a three-level, 1,200-car subterranean parking structure resulted from this project. Ground-level space was activated for pedestrians. Helping to transform streetscapes along 20 block frontages, KPFF provided stormwater conveyance and water quality systems; sanitary sewer main relocations; coordination with the City and utility companies; and development of plans for right-of-way encroachment permits. Surveying included ALTA/ACSM, design, topographic and property line adjustment surveys, a settlement survey on the trolley line and off-site utility surveys.

At the time of completion, the Brewery Blocks was the largest urban redevelopment to achieve full LEED® certification. Its many sustainable features include photovoltaic panels, vegetated eco-roofs, low-VOC paints, and a unique and innovative district chilled water system. 

Awards & Recognition

ARC Award, CSE Magazine; BEST Energy Award (Block 3)
Citation for Contribution to the City (Block 1), AIA
Excellence in Concrete-Second Place: Parking (for underground parking structure)
Mayor's Award for Design Excellence
Oregon Project of the Year- Brewery Block 2, ACEC Oregon
Sustainable Design Award, AIA Oregon
Top Project, Daily Journal of Commerce