The Portland Building Renovation Project: Few structures in Portland illicit such strong feelings as the Post-Modernism-icon The Portland Building. Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves and opened to a warm reception in 1982, The Portland Building is an internationally renowned ode to Classical symbolism and ornamentation. Since it’s opening, the 15-story, 360,000sf building has also been wrought with challenges, including a façade built with ‘budget-friendly’ materials that have lacked resiliency, constant leaks and lack of daylight for building occupants. Beyond these elementary architectural issues, structural concerns included the lack of a functional seismic force resisting system and a lack of ductile detailing in the structure.  KPFF will share how a great team and a lot of creativity helped transform this building for the next generation of City of Portland residents and employees.


About Erik Kabusreiter

Erik Kabusreiter, PE, SE.  Erik has over 15 years of structural engineering experience and places a high value on team collaboration.  He has worked with a wide range of materials and produced an array of successful systems for many building uses, including office, university, and 24/7 facilities.  He enjoys design that involves solving complex problems and finding solutions which maintain the architectural intent.