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KEX Portland

A Social Experience: Visitors opt for community-themed accommodations

This transformation of the historic Vivian Apartments into a high-end “social hotel” included seismic upgrades to the building’s wood-framed and unreinforced masonry. KEX Portland accommodates 156 guests with 15 shared rooms and 14 private rooms. The hostel includes a common area in the lobby for events, a rooftop patio, a restaurant, and basement level sauna.

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Location:
Portland, Oregon
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Square Feet:
16,750
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Stories:
3
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Service:
Structural
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Industries:
Hospitality & Gaming, Seismic/Adaptive Renovation
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Primary Material:
Masonry, Wood

DCI’s structural team worked on the perimeter bearing walls, specifically, the lateral bracing in two locations behind the ground floor storefronts; new plywood diaphragm at the second and third floors and roof; a concrete shear wall core; and new out-of-plane connections and URM reinforcing at the building perimeter.

Project Highlights

  • Provided design for a new elevator and exit stair, as well as a new rooftop patio bar.
  • Building includes a 12-person sauna.
  • The building is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

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