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135 SW Taylor, Portland, Oregon 97204

2&Taylor is a blend of clean, industrial design with modern amenities. From an outdated former public market, Melvin Mark launched a massive redevelopment to design a creative space worthy of Portland’s creative spirit. High, exposed ceilings combine with salvaged wood, glass and steel. Natural light shines warmly throughout. Spare historic features flow seamlessly into state-of-the-art systems and 21st century amenities. A completely new façade and canopies, new retail storefronts, energy-efficient lighting and building systems, and renovated lobbies and public areas complete the project. 2&Taylor has earned a 2 Globes rating from the Green Building Initiative for sustainability.

Owner: B13 Investors, LLC
Size: 73,553 SF
Architect: Hennebery Eddy Architects LLC

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310 NW Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon 97209

For years, Melvin Mark worked with the Blanchet House to secure a site to construct a more functional and efficient building — one that would allow the non-profit to fulfill its mission of serving people in need. The new structure has a size-appropriate commercial kitchen and dining room, as well as a queuing area that allow guests to await service indoors and out of the elements. The LEED Platinum-certified building incorporates an eco-roof,  rainwater harvesting, high-efficiency skin and glazing systems, and efficient mechanical and electrical systems.

Owner: Blanchet House of Hospitality
Size: 36,410 SF
Architect: SERA Architects

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19225 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro, Oregon 97214

Melvin Mark’s job was to master plan a 600,000 square foot, 23.5 acre suburban Class A office campus in the high-tech Sunset Corridor area. Three Class A office buildings, each totaling approximately 72,000 square feet, were built over a decade. These properties house established businesses and emerging technology businesses. Buildings II and III featured the latest in sustainable building practices including water conservation measures, energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems, and solar electric systems.  Building II earned LEED Platinum certification. Ultimately the buildings were sold and the remaining land was sold for other development projects.

Owner: Mark Tanasbourne LLC
Building Sizes: 72,000 SF each
Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

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121 NW Everett, Portland, Oregon 97209

Melvin Mark worked in conjunction with Northwest Natural to develop a build-to-suit design that achieved the Port’s goals for its former headquarters at significantly lower cost. The building was designed to honor the scale and tradition of historic Old Town while maximizing its sweeping view of the Willamette River.

Comprised of two levels of self-parking and five floors of office, public and retail space above, the building makes very efficient use of both the site and floor area. A predominantly brick exterior features extensive use of detailing to provide depth and character. The main lobby includes a coffered ceiling, specialty lighting and wood panel wall finishes. Interior office spaces were designed for maximum space planning flexibility with a predominately open floor plan. In addition, we were able to comply with the City’s parking regulations to meet the Port’s parking requirements in an innovative yet cost effective way.

Owner: Port of Portland
Size: 150,000 SF
Architect: ZGF Architects

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1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205

The Mark Building was an extremely complex redevelopment that included the demolition and reconstruction of entire floors — and the preservation of historical components of a former Masonic Temple. The property includes several floors of Class A office space, ballrooms, food service facilities and several large gallery spaces — all in a tightly confined urban setting. Melvin Mark was brought in midway through the job to complete the challenged project. Through an aggressive project management plan, they were able to correct several problem areas, help guide the museum to an on-time opening, and retain the quality construction the historical structure deserved.

Owner: Portland Art Museum
Size: 141,000 SF
Architect: SERA Architects

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921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204

When is a 20-story hotel not a 20-story hotel? When nine of the lower floors are actually a parking garage, gorgeously camouflaged with precast and glass skin and glazing. The ground floor includes a full-service restaurant and 20,000 square feet of prime retail space. Then comes the nine stories of parking, topped by a nine story Hilton Hotel. Melvin Mark led the project management team and worked closely with Hilton Hotel’s New Projects Group to successfully open this unique high-rise development on time and within budget.

Owner: Hilton Hotel Corporation, Mark-Taylor LLC
Size: 440,000 SF
Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

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707 SW Washington Street, Portland, Oregon 97205

Melvin Mark’s challenge was to find efficient and affordable ways to expand Union Bank Building’s underground parking garage without affecting building tenants. The solution was found in an unoccupied fourth level of space below the current parking — space that had once housed the Bank of California’s check-processing center.  Addressing a variety of engineering challenges, Melvin Mark transformed the former offices into 84 additional parking spaces. A new sprinkler system, crisp white paint and energy-efficient lighting completed the project.

Owner: UBCT Partnership
Size: 40,000 SF
Architect: SERA Architects

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333 SW First Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204

What was once a surface parking lot and gas station was transformed into the Robert Duncan Plaza — International Building of the Year runner-up. Because the full-block project was a build to-suit for a single tenant, the challenge was to minimize the number of floors a single employee would need to travel during the day, while still producing a building that could be marketed and leased to multiple tenants in the future. The solution was a shorter building with a wider, “H-shaped” floorplate.  A raised floor system — one of the first ever used — provided unlimited adaptability for electrical and data needs, saving tenants thousands in remodel and moving costs. The project has received numerous awards for excellence and sustainability over the years.

Owner: GSA
Size: 440,000 SF
Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

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1400 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201

After years as the State of Oregon office building in downtown Portland and a stint as the temporary Multnomah County Central Library, the Fifth Avenue Building was purchased and redeveloped by Melvin Mark into a bright, inviting business environment fully wired for contemporary needs. The mid-century building was completely renovated from top to bottom with improvements that included entry and lobby remodels, fire and life safety systems, and mechanical and elevator upgrades. An unwelcoming ground floor entry and dark, dismal lobby were transformed through the use of glass and an abundance of natural light. The new look, new amenities and transit mall location helped to remarket the property to a new generation of companies.

Owner: Mark Group Partnership No. 6
Building Size: 180,000 SF
Architect: GBD Architects

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1400 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201

Melvin Mark undertook a $4.5 million expansion of the Auditorium Parking Garage, which involved adding two floors of parking to the existing structure. The development also included seismic upgrades and elevator improvements, all of which demanded complex permitting and entitlements, and was completed while the garage remained operational. Among downtown Portland’s largest parking facilities, the garage offers nine stories and 1,115 spaces for short and long-term parking. More recently, electric vehicle charging stations and a secure bike room were added to the garage. The property has additional development potential above the parking for office, residential or hotel uses.

Owner: Mark Group Partnership No. 5
Building Size: 9 floors
Architect: ZGF Architects