Posts Tagged ‘kristin hammond’

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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SustainDex (environmental|sustainable|clean/bio tech)

Central Business District

PECI (also non prof) – First & Main | 100 SW Main St | 50,000 SF

Logan Laboratories – 2233 NW 23rd Place | 8,000 SF


ReVolt Technology – Airport Way Corp Pk | 12021 NE Airport Way | 14,300 SF


Virticus – AmberGlen Biz Ctr | 1915 NW Amberglen Pkwy | 2,357 SF renewal

TechDex (apps|provider|hardware|var)


Axium Software – 5 Lincoln Center | 10200 SW Greenburg Rd | 18,669 SF

Arris Group – 167 West | 1725 NW 167th Place | 60,389 SF renewal

DesignDex (A/E|apparel|graphic d)

Central Business District

JG Pierson – Selling Building | 610 SW Alder St | 2,138 SF

Deep Sky Studios – 1015 NW 11th Ave | 1,200 SF

One Source Office Interiors – 2950 NW Yeon Ave | 18,892 SF renewal


Bella Furnishings – Creekside Corp Pk | 8205 SW Creekside Place | 11,404 SF renewal

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

Central Business District

OregonLive – 620 Building | 620 SW Fifth Ave | 6,667 SF


Guild Mortgage – Kruse Woods III | 5005 Meadows Rd | 4,294 SF sublease

TKO dba AmCheck – One Centerpointe | One Centerpointe Drive | 2,443 SF

HealthDex (hospital/provider|managed care|equipment)

Central Business District

Pediatrics IPA – BP John Bldg | 5901 SW Macadam Ave | 1,929 SF

NonProfDex (charitable|education|trade assoc)


Catholic Charities – Clark Family Ctr HQ | 2740 SE Powell Blvd | 60,000 SF


Multnomah Family Care Center – 7689 SW Capitol Hwy | 2,241 SF

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