As part of a major reorganization, The Oregonian and its Oregonlive.com media operations, began a search for new space with “multi-media features that reflect the way journalism has changed.” Working with brokers Scott Andrews and Maria Duncan, the media company left its longtime location in downtown Portland and signed a 10 year lease for 40,000 square feet at Melvin Mark’s Crown Plaza property. With two full floors in the 11-story building, The Oregonian’s new offices house journalists as well as the advertising and marketing staffs. The redesign and tenant improvements were managed by Melvin Mark Construction Company, which include open-plan cubicle spaces, collaborative areas, private meeting rooms and a high-tech media training room. Natural light streams through huge windows with views over the Willamette. A large-scale O logo, mounted on wood panels made from reclaimed ship cargos, adorns the entrance. According to the media group, the Crown Plaza location gives them the opportunity to create a new work environment to foster the creativity and focus of their company’s new direction.
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