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Story from our friends at The Reser. Architect's vision marries outdoor spaces with warm wood tones and natural themes.

JEREMY JEZIORSKI - A wall of windows along the Beaverton Creek wetland area create a connection between the indoor spaces and the Plaza outside.Warm wood tones, interesting shadows, and themes of nature define the bright, open design of the new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Downtown Beaverton.

The building's surrounding landscape merges into the intimate-yet-spacious Mainstage Theater, creating a uniquely wondrous space to host local and international artists for decades to come.

The new facility, which showcases both natural and modern design features, sits alongside Beaverton Creek, with public art pieces adorning The Reser's main Plaza on Southwest Crescent Street and its adjacent parking garage.

"It's a really remarkable site that mediates between an urban and natural setting," says Jim Kalvelage of Ospis Architecture. Kalvelage served as one of the lead architects for the project, alongside Joe Baldwin.

Kalvelage said it was a challenge to fit a 550-seat Mainstage Theater, an art gallery, a lobby and administrative offices on such a tight and irregular site. The team needed to figure out how to organize the building in a way that gave it character and a unique identity, while also displaying it as "an outgrowth of the land itself."

JEREMY JEZIORSKI - Architects use of warm woodworking defines indoor spaces throughout The Reser."The City of Beaverton, Pat Reser, and other stakeholders wanted a building that had a very warm, inviting character," says Kalvelage. "We drew inspiration from the context and relationship to Beaverton Creek, thinking of the metaphor of the beaver dam." This kind of enveloping wood interior defined the environment of the building's lobby.

"There were a lot more waterways in Beaverton originally," notes Kalvelage. His team wanted to consider the beaver population still inhabiting Beaverton Creek, while incorporating the physical structure and engineering of the beaver dam into The Reser's design.

"To imagine what it's like inside a beaver dam," says Kalvelage, "picture an interior that includes natural wood and slats that create interesting, irregular shadow patterns." Skylights, large windows, and a suspended sculpture titled "Puff," by Muse Atelier of Vancouver, BC, add to the whimsical light patterns that change and move throughout the day.

"Once you enter the lobby, you see that connection to the outside that's very vibrant," says Joe Schneider, Senior Vice President at Skanska, who served as the general contractor and construction manager for the facility. "And then [in the Mainstage Theater], it's kind of a surprise to go into this really warm, intimate space."

In the design of the theater, Kalvelage and his team enlisted the help of specialists, including theater consultants The Shalleck Collaborative, to ensure the space was not only beautiful, but highly functional and flexible for all the performances and events planned.

"It's really a team effort across the board, and necessarily very collaborative, to get a result that hopefully creates an iconic cultural destination for Beaverton that both works extremely well and stands the test of time," says Kalvelage.

Michael Kingham, Project Manager at Skanska, commented on the acoustics and theatrical design. "You can really feel the space, and how special it will be to attend a play or a performance," he says. "The acoustics are going to be top of the line."

Kingham is a Beaverton resident, so working on The Reser has been meaningful to him not just as a professional, but as a future Reser patron.

"I really connect with [the space] because I'm not only working on the project as a general contractor, but also actually living here," says Kingham. "Being able to have my wife and kids eventually go to see performances, and know that I was a part of that project, is something special."

"Once you enter the lobby, you see that connection to the outside that's very vibrant. And then [in the Mainstage Theater], it's kind of a surprise to go into this really warm, intimate space."

Joe Schneider

Senior Vice

President, Skanska

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