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Expensify Office
Project Type:
Interior Design, Corporate Office, Renovation
Project Location:
401 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
USA
Project Scope:
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Design Features:
Historic Landmark Renovation, Atrium, Crow's Nest, Monumental Stair
Project Summary:
The Oregon Pioneer Savings Landmark Building in downtown Portland seems an unlikely home for Expensify. The online expense-management service was created 10 years ago by CEO David Barrett, who describes its mission as “making expense reports that don’t suck.” The company was founded in San Francisco (and now has offices in London and Melbourne), but it outgrew its original space. Portland, with its laid-back ambience and cheaper real estate, was an attractive alternative for another West Coast office. The stately neoclassical monument, designed by Boston-based Coolidge and Shattuck, was the first building Barrett saw. It has graced a corner site since 1916, with a pedimented Doric colonnade distinguishing its marble-clad front facade and a richly decorated skylit atrium dominating its interior.

“It was the perfect blank canvas,” Barrett recalls, “with a classy core that we could build on to create a unique space for our team to grow and our culture to thrive.”

ZGF’s principal in charge, Alan Gerencer, and his team, Gabriella Caldwell and Franco Rosete, shared Barrett’s enthusiasm for the venerable landmark. The client asked them to remain true to its original aesthetic while adapting it to his company’s offbeat working model. “Expensify hires people who thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with lots of personal freedom,” Barrett explained. “We have only two rules: get shit done, and don’t ruin it for everyone else.” Here, Gerencer realized, was an opportunity to balance respect for history with edgy design.

(Source: Architectural Record)
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2018-09-08 05:51:38
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2018-09-09 00:38:13
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Design and Construction Team:
ZGF Architects LLP
Architect, Interior Designer
Swinerton Builders
General Contractor
KPFF
Structural Engineer
Glumac
MEP Engineer
Code Unlimited
Code Consultant
Real Estate Team:
Fabricators and Manufacturers:
EZConcept
Special Doors
Armstrong World Industries
Acoustical Ceiling, Suspension Grid
Artek
Cabinetry, Woodwork
Legend Custom Woodworking
Cabinetry, Woodwork
Hanset
Metalwork
IdeaPaint
Paints and Stains
Miller Paint
Paints and Stains
TRI-KES
Wall Coverings
Formica Group
Plastic Laminate
Arborite Laminate
Plastic Laminate
Pental Surfaces
Solid Surfacing
Shaw Contract Group
Resilient Flooring, Carpet
Milliken
Carpet
Pure+FreeForm
Aluminum Brass Panels
Kahrs Group
Wood Flooring
Fsorb
Acoustic Panels
BuzziSpace
Chairs, Tables, Lighting
naughtone
Chairs
Schoolhouse
Chairs, Tables, Lighting
Source
Chairs
CB2
Chairs
Mallet
Custom Tables
CAB Deco
Tables
HBF
Upholstery
Momentum Group
Upholstery
Maharam
Upholstery
Camira
Upholstery
Cerno
Lighting
Luceplan
Lighting
Nemo
Lighting
Roll & Hill
Lighting
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