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Bora Architecture & Interiors will redesign the Volta building, once home to the Oregon Electric Group in 2021, then move in.

PMG: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The exterior of 1709 SE 3rd Ave., an adaptive resuse office space. The former home of the Oregon Electric Group will be retained by Bora Architects when it remodels the building, to be called Volta, and moves in in 2021.

Local developer Killian Pacific will launch a renovation of one of its properties in the Central Eastside Industrial District, to be rebranded Volta, located at 1709 S.E. Third Ave.

The existing building was previously home to the Oregon Electric Group and occupies half the block. Volta will have 30,000 square feet of Class A office space. It will be a fresh addition to the Electric Blocks, a collection of five office buildings in the area owned by Killian Pacific.

Bora Architecture & Interiors, which will lead the design and renovation process, announced that it would relocate from downtown to the Electric Blocks, occupying half of Volta's tenant space.

"We feel fortunate to be partnering with Bora as architect and tenant at Volta and are thrilled to welcome their team into the Electric Blocks community," Michi Slick, director of development at Killian Pacific, said in a statement. "In Bora, we have found a thoughtful partner who shares our focus on sustainability, DEI and the arts. We look forward to collaborating with them on Volta and making positive contributions to the Central Eastside."

It follows a trend for architects heading to industrial spaces on Portland's east side. Mahlum Architects' new office in the renovated Custom Blocks on Southeast Main Street, the first Portland project to earn Living Building Challenge certification for sustainable design. The Custom Stamping company's former building was renovated for developer Capstone Partners by Scott Edwards Architecture in 2018,

COURTESY: KILLIAN PACIFIC - The high ceilings and original timbers of the former home of the Oregon Electric Group will be retained by Bora Architects when it remodels the building, to be called Volta, and moves in in 2021.

Volta is an adaptive reuse of an industrial warehouse into Class A office space in the district. The new building name and design are a tribute to the building's history that housed the Oregon Electric Group. Bora plans to retain the building's timber structure while implementing energy-efficient and high-performing building systems. With more than 2,500 square feet of dedicated outdoor terraces for office tenants, ceiling heights of 15-20 feet, expansive window lines, ample bike storage, showers and lockers, Volta will provide tenants and their employees with a best-in-class workspace designed to enhance wellness, productivity and creativity within a historic, character-rich environment.

Bora is targeting net-zero energy, LEED Platinum certification and collaborating with Energy Trust of Oregon toward prioritizing energy efficiency.

COURTESY: KILLIAN PACIFIC - The high ceilings and original timbers of the former home of the Oregon Electric Group will be retained by Bora Architects when it remodels the building, to be called Volta, and moves in in 2021.

Michael Tingley, FAIA, Principal of Bora, said, "Teaming with Killian Pacific on this transformational renovation of the OEG building aligns with our values of low carbon projects that promote health, wellness and equity in our built environment. We want our new home to outwardly express those values. Our goal is to design a net-zero energy office building and are thrilled to work with Killian Pacific, a partner that shares our vision."

The Electric Blocks is home to some of Portland's most innovative and creative companies, such as Simple, IDL, Laundry Service and Viewpoint.

"We are happy to welcome Bora to the Electric Blocks," said Trevor Kafoury, executive vice president of CBRE, Inc., the broker for Volta. "Killian Pacific's vision for the project and their passion for the neighborhood are inspiring, and we are eager to see that vision come to life with the delivery of Volta. This deal truly illustrates the appeal of the close-in east side and tenants' desire for office space that reflects their brand and ideals."

Killian Pacific is considering Volta's proximity to OMSI and OMSI's interest in collaborating with a childcare operator, as well as the growing jobs and residences in the Central Eastside, as significant factors.


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