More creative office space being created in downtown

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By: Jeff McDonald in Construction September 3, 2014 1:23 pm

The Baggage and Carriage Building, in its 128 years, has accommodated uses ranging from a parking garage for horses and buggies to the first home for The Old Spaghetti Factory.

Under a new plan developed by Pine Street Market LLC, the building at 133 S.W. Pine St. in downtown Portland will be repurposed into creative office and restaurant space, said Jean-Pierre Veillet, president, founder and creative director of Siteworks, the project’s design-build contractor. The project, including seismic and restoration work, will cost $4.95 million; Pine Street Market LLC in June bought the 28,500-square-foot building for $1.75 million, he said.

The project team is due to receive $1 million in historic tax credits, Veillet said, noting that Siteworks has had discussions with the National Park Service and created a historic restoration plan for the building.

“All the brick walls and wood walls – all the materials on site – will be repurposed,” he said. “We’ll use the materials from the building to go back into the building.”

In the building’s center, an existing skylight that illuminated the space before electricity will be preserved, Veillet said. The original exterior staircase will remain as well. To improve energy efficiency, Siteworks will add a hydronic heating system.

Seismic work also will be a significant part of the project, Veillet said. Each floor and the roof will be reinforced with plywood, concrete and rebar. Grummel Engineering is the project’s engineer.

“More and more as people get nostalgic for these old buildings, they also are thinking about making them safe,” he said.

Siteworks is preparing to seek design review approval on Friday, and planning to begin construction in January.

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