THA Architecture Inc.

Portland, Oregon

'I often have the feeling that what I want to achieve is unattainable, but the project that THA delivered is even more than I dreamed I could achieve.' ' Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO Mercy Corps

Command central for a global team of 4,000 professionals who run disaster relief and community development programs in over 40 countries, Mercy Corps needs an efficient base of operations. But its Portland, Oregon, “headquarters” was scattered in six leased locations around the city. “We were ready to build a home that would consolidate the different aspects of the organization and reflect our values,” recalls CEO Neal Keny-Guyer. Inasmuch as these values include accountability, sustainable resource management, and the wise allocation of funds, the 30-year-old nonprofit agency negotiated the affordable acquisition of a blighted riverside landmark, the Packer-Scott building (circa 1892), from the Portland Development Commission — part of an urban improvement initiative for the economically challenged downtown neighborhood it occupied.

Charged with the sensitive renovation, the Portland firm THA Architecture worked with Mercy Corps to create a scheme that would qualify for LEED certification, as well as the tax credits and grants needed to bolster the reasonable purchase price and fund-raising profits. Maintaining the integrity of the existing 42,000-square-foot masonry structure, the architects nearly doubled its footprint and mass with a terra-cotta-clad addition that integrates with the historic property without mimicking it.

Then the design team worked with engineers to cut a wide opening in the connecting wall for a free flow between the old and new sections. Their flexible strategy includes a ground-floor community center, bike racks, and an office for another nonprofit foundation that bought a small piece of the building.

Adjacent to the Saturday market, and near public transportation, the new headquarters has been a catalyst for both Portland and Mercy Corps. “Employees from different divisions now work side by side, and the building presents the right impression to visiting donors,” says Keny-Guyer. Delivered on time and on budget, he concludes, “The project is more than I dreamed we could achieve.”

THA Architecture Inc.
733 SW Oak Street
Portland, Oregon 97205
p: 503.227.1254
f: 503.227.7818

Portland, Oregon

Total construction cost: $21.3 Million

Gross square footage:
83,032 sq.ft.


Mercy Corps
3015 SW First Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

THA Architecture Inc.
733 SW Oak Street
Portland, Oregon 97205
p: 503.227.1254
f: 503.227.7818

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Design Principal: Thomas Hacker, FAIA
Principal in Charge: Will Dann, AIA
Project Designer: David Keltner, AIA
Project Architect: Laura Klinger
Project Architect during Construction Administration: Mike Meade, AIA
Design Team: Amie Bates
Design Team: Jake Freauff
Design Team: Steve Simpson, AIA
Design Team: Aaron Whalton
Design Team: Rose Vadnais
Design Team: Jamie Watson, AIA
Quality Control: Charles Dorn, AIA
Specifications Writer: Alexander Lungershausen, AIA

Interior designer
935 SE Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97214

Glumac International, MEP
320 SW Washington, Suite 200
Portland, OR  97204

David Evans & Associates, Inc., Civil Engineer
2100 S.W. River Parkway
Portland, OR 97201

ABHT Structural Engineers, Structural
1640 N.W. Johnson
Portland, OR  97209

Walker Macy
111 SW Oak Street, Suite 200
Portland, OR  97205

Architectural Lighting Design
300 Brannan Street #405
San Francisco, CA   94107

Sextant Group
Riverside Center for Innovation
730 River Avenue, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA  15212-5936

Historic Architectural Consultant:
Peter Meijer Architect
710 NE 21st Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97232

Independent Project Manager:
Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.
1140 S.W. 11th Avenue, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97205

Cost Estimating:
Architectural Cost Consultants
8060 S.W. Pfaffle Street, Suite 110
Tigard, OR 97223

General contractor: Walsh Construction Co.

Interior images: Lara Swimmer Photography, 206.284.5213,
Exterior images: Jeff Amram Photography, 917.678.5855,

CAD system, project management, or other software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Deltek



Structural system
(Steel frame/concrete shear walls/shotcrete shear walls over existing masonry)

Exterior cladding
Clay Tile
Manufacturer: Moeding Keramik Fassaden

Distributor: Shildan Inc.
(Hollow Clay tile units; Dark red, 3 different sizes)

Clay Tile Shading System
Manufacturer: Moeding Keramik Fassaden

Distributor: Shildan Inc.
(Hollow Clay triangular baguette units; Dark red, 3 different sizes)

Mutual Materials
(90% Imperial Red and 10% Inca pre-mixed)

(TriFab 451T)

Metal/glass curtainwall
(1600 Wall System)

Wood Windows
(Custom Wood Double Hung Windows)

Aluminum Panels
(1/8 inch Aluminum)

Aluminum Windows
Kawneer (6200 T)

Antigraffiti Coating
Evonik (Protectosil)

Electrochromic Glass
(Sage Electrochromics)

(6200 T)

(Aluminum Extrusions)

Wood doors
(Beech Veneer)

Metal Doors
(Stainless steel)

Low-slope roofing
Siplast (Paradiene P-20/30 CR FR 1A)

Terrace deck
Siplast (Teranap)

Green roof
Siplast (Teranap)

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork/casework (P-lam)
Wilsonart Laminate
(Graphite Nebula)

Countertop (Stone)
Cesar Stone
(Quartz, uniform light grey)

Countertop (reclaimed wood)
(Reclaimed Doug fir)

Paints and stains
Benjamin Moore

Acoustic Paneling
(Custom Soundsoak)

Ceiling Panels
(Ultima Vector / Optima Vector)

Bathroom wall tile
(Frost 109A, 4x8 wall, 6x8 cove)

Bathroom floor tile
Atlas Concorde
(Format Essential Protagonist)

Corridor floor tile
Atlas Concorde
(Format Essential Protagonist)

(614 Charcoal)


Walk off Mat
(Nop 18 Taupe)

Carpet - Tile
Interface Flor

Carpet - Tile
(Repartee / Corded)

Roller Shades
(1350 Ecoveil Series)

Office furniture
Reception furniture
Custom Fabrication
(Reclaimed Doug Fir)


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