30 Jan '12, 7pm

Is the greenest building the one you don’t build? The answer is a resounding “usually.” @bglive

Now occupied by the Portland Center Stage theater company, the Gerding Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Romanesque Revival building—which features narrow gun-sight windows and a 100' x 200' clear space spanned by arching Douglas fir trusses—was originally constructed in 1891 to house local units of the Oregon National Guard. To fit 55,000 ft2 of program space in a 20,000 ft2 footprint while preserving the existing roof, the project team excavated 30 feet into the ground. To seismically brace the structure and acoustically isolate two performance spaces, the team built a concrete box inside the existing shell via two 14-foot-wide doors. The immensely challenging process was likened to building a ship inside a bottle.

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