HopeWorks Station North – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Winner
Learn more about 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, HopeWorks Station North (Everett, WA).
May 11, 2022
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Designer: LEVER Architecture
Site Size: 0.57 Acres
Meyer accelerates racial, social and economic justice for the collective well-being of Oregon’s lands and peoples through strategic investments, including grants, loans, initiatives, research commissions, support for policy advocacy, and a range of community and nonprofit engagement strategies. Their new headquarters is a direct reflection of the foundation’s unwavering commitment towards equity and sustainability.
The building program includes an engagement center, Mission Library, lunchroom with roof garden terrace, workspace for 50, meeting rooms, and collaborative workspace for partners. To strengthen connections between the foundation and the communities it serves, Meyer’s ground floor is designed as a welcoming “front porch” featuring the Center for Great Purposes, a 100-seat convening center designed for collaborations with community organizations, and the Kwánsǝm Yakwá Garden which honors Indigenous communities through art and native plantings.
The project blends sustainability measures with equitable thinking at every level of the development process. Examples include a bottom-up approach to design and decision-making with participation from Meyer staff at every stage; going above and beyond ADA requirements; furniture that accommodates different bodies and abilities; diversity of cultures and languages reflected in signage and artwork; materials selection criteria that supports BIPOC and rural communities in Oregon; and high levels of BIPOC- and women-owned business participation (39% for the design team and 47% for the construction team). Meyer’s new campus is Oregon’s first LEED v4 Platinum building and is in the top 1% nationally for energy performance amongst similar building types, with an anticipated 66% energy cost savings compared to code standards.
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