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Dachis Group (formerly XPLANE and StepChange) made a move into downtown Portland from the Pearl District in early Spring (March/April), effectively doubling their office space. Merging two companies under one roof was no easy task, so it was key that everyone felt the new office space supported the culture of the firm in Portland. 

After an extensive search, a location was identified in the Commonwealth Building on SW Sixth Avenue. It is on the ground floor and has its own entrance and a mezzanine level. Previously occupied by an architecture firm, the space features exposed concrete ceilings, huge windows and an old safe. The look ties nicely to the creative vibe Dachis desires.  The location places them in close proximity to mass transit, food carts, and all the energy of the downtown core.

A major build out included 7-8 small conference/collaborative workrooms and 2 large conference/presentation rooms.  An extensive kitchen with adjoining lounge to accommodate ping pong and shuffleboard was added to create a relaxing and fun hang out area for everyone. The mezzanine level is a winding curve shape affixed atop several large concrete pillars and provides some interesting opportunities for peeking down onto common areas.  A fading frosted glass technique was used on the windows to prevent pedestrian traffic from seeing in while still allowing natural light into the space. Building amenities include a fitness center, showers, lockers and secured bike storage for those who commute on two wheels.

All in all, one very cool space for thinking creatively.

Client: Dachis Group

Building: Commonwealth Building

Address: 421 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR

Size: 18,097 RSF

dachis open workstations

view of fading frosted windows

mezzanine dev workstations

lounge area

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DesignDex (A/E|apparel|graphic d)

Westside

Nike – Woodside Corp Park | 15100 SW Koll Pkwy | 26,000 RSF

Tetra Tech – Hawthorn Biz Park | 5293 NE ElamYoung Pkwy | 4,367 RSF

TechDex (apps|provider|hardware|var)

Central Business District

Crowd Factory – Oregon Trail Building | 333 SW Fifth Ave | 4,095 RSF renewal

Barefoot Sound – 1710 NW Upshur St | 8,500 RSF

Westside

AIVEA – Amberglen | 1600 NW Compton Dr | 3,793 RSF

GeneralBizDex (consulting|finance|insurance|legal|other)

Central Business District

Randstad – Unitus Plaza | 1300 SW Sixth Ave | 2,700 RSF

Scherzer Strom & Shaw – Commonwealth Bldg | 111 SW Fifth Ave | 3,131 RSF

Mitsui – US Bank Tower | 111 SW Fifth Ave | 1,696 RSF

Vancouver

WPE – Vancouver Biz Pk | 3315 NE 112th | 3,000 RSF

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GeneralBizDex (consulting|finance|insurance|legal|other)

Westside

State Farm Insurance – Fanno Creek Building B | 16083 SW Upper Boones Ferry | 23,712 SF

Forest City Trading – 4 Lincoln | 10250 S W Greenburg Rd | 12,228 SF renewal

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman – 1915 AmberGlen Parkway | 9,392 SF renewal

Vancouver

LPL Financial – MJ Murdock Building | 703 Broadway St | 2,504 SF

TechDex (apps|provider|hardware|var)

Westside

Digital Communications – Pacific Plaza | 11940 S W Pacific Hwy | 1,088 SF

SustainDex (environmental|sustainable|clean/bio tech)

Central Business District

Green Building Services – Commonwealth Bldg | 421 SW Sixth Ave | 10,500 SF

NW Energy Efficiency Alliance – Commonwealth Bldg | 421 SW Sixth Ave | 20,003 SF

NonProfDex (charitable|education|trade assoc)

Westside

Community Together – Mountain Park Plaza | 11830 SW Kerr Pkwy | 2,250 SF

Vancouver

International Anglers Expo – EastRidge Biz Park | 11807 NE 99th Ave | 4,300 SF renewal

HealthDex (hospital/provider|managed care|equipment)

Central Business District

OHSU – Fifth Avenue Building | 1400 SW Fifth Ave | 21,263 SF renewal

Nia Technique – Pythian Building | 918 SW Yamhill | 8,000 SF

DesignDex (A/E|consulting|graphic d)

Eastside

V3 Studio – Eastbank Commerce Center | 1001 SW Water Ave | 1,400 SF

 

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A Lack of Transactions is Warping Index Report 

A key tool used to track the health of the economy and the commercial real estate market is being affected by the shrinking number of transactions, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate.

“The fourth quarter of 2008 is the first time we’ve ever had to skip updating one of the sector indexes,” Geltner says. “We couldn’t update the retail index because there were literally zero sales of retail properties” in the database.

For the full story from NREI – http://tinyurl.com/cj5xoe

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TechDex (apps|provider|hardware|var)

Central Business District

SubmitNet Inc. – Congress Center | 1001 SW Fifth Ave. | 5,109 SF

Digital Trends – US Bancorp Tower | 100 SW Fifth Ave. | 8,084 SF sublease

Westside

AuctionPay – Triangle Corp Park | 13224 SW 68th | 14,580 SF

Nikon Precision – 22845 NW Bennett St. | 9,155 SF

SustainDex (environmental|sustainable|clean/bio tech)

Central Business District

Element Power US – Commonwealth Building | 421 SW Sixth Ave. | 9,940 SF

HealthDex (hospital/provider|managed care|product)

Westside

Vermont Hills Family Life Center – Fairway Center | 9115 SW Oleson Rd. | 3,224 SF

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