Oh planning+design, architecture is a leader in facility design and programming for health care, higher education, K-12 education, and public entities.. Members of our firm are professionals united by our innovative approach to design, our expertise, and our shared commitment to your success. We have extensive relevant experience in new construction, renovations, exterior improvements, water infiltration mitigation, universal design, campus planning, and energy conservation.
A successful master plan is one that integrates your long range strategic plan and the operational requirements to create a road map to your facility needs today and in the future. The document–the outcome of collaborative assessment, planning, and design efforts–is a tool that illustrates existing conditions and prioritizes future needs with assigned costs and phasing. The master plan is always in motion, responding to the fluid dynamics of budgets, leadership and academic planning. As such, it must be designed to be flexible and adaptable over time, yet provide the conclusive basis for capital planning and decision making. Our team offers a collaborative process that explores possibilities and discovers innovative solutions together with you. We provide facility condition assessment in addition to facility master planning.
We place a high value on the importance of interior design and the ability for quality environments to improve lives. OHPD interiors focuses on designing spaces that create a positive human experience, while maintaining the health, safety, and welfare for all who utilize and interact with the environment. Our designers work with you throughout all phases of design, guiding your aesthetic visions and bringing them to fruition. Using evidence based design for planning, coupled with sustainable and healthy indoor environment strategies, we are able to align your core values with the final design by providing your project with optimal and inspired interior spaces.
Feasibilities studies are used to help define the project scope and uncover barriers before proceeding to the design phases. Our feasibility studies offer thorough analysis of the existing conditions, program needs, site impacts, design concepts that test how the spaces fit, a schedule and a cost estimate of the work.
Site impacts include jurisdictional requirements and zoning regulations, vehicle patterns, pedestrian patterns, site access, building orientation, stormwater management, utilities, parking and unique natural features to the site. A thorough site planning process will guide the project to a better understanding of these impacts and opportunities for development.
Our programming services will guide the project as it is defined by existing conditions, site requirements, and space needs that are specific to the programs and services that are required. The outcome provides the clarity on what is needed to meet the project objectives. We use evidence based design and industry knowledge to provide the basis of design for space allocations and programming.
A campus wide wayfinding system will result in helping people “find their way” where they may find themselves overwhelmed or disoriented. Wayfinding design provides guidance and the means to help people feel at ease in their surroundings. This is especially valuable on a campus setting with multiple buildings, with individuals who may be physically compromised and in need of aid, and for campus operations and services. We have current and relevant experiences providing these services. Our work in health care design in both inpatient and outpatient settings provides detailed insight into the wayfinding challenges specific to health care environments in addition to higher education.
LEED Consulting & Energy
OHPD is composed of LEED accredited professionals. We have expertise in renewable energy and solar feasibility studies through experience with the Oregon University System, University of Utah, Portland Community College, Southern Oregon University, and Multnomah County. Our dedication to reducing operating costs through efficient design and conservation is evidenced by our LEED Platinum and Gold certified projects. As buildings become more sophisticated, the complexity can become daunting. However, the true goal of sustainability is to do more with less. Our team’s design capabilities enable us to provide comfort and efficiency using more passive systems, with expertise from consultants and cooperation at every stage to achieve integration that breeds efficiency, savings, comfort and well-being.
We perform 100% of our work with Universal Design in mind, offering a unique understanding of the operational impacts to barrier-free design beyond traditional architectural solutions. The learning environment must reflect the diversity of all of its learners, and differently-abled people should find these spaces to be as supportive, thoughtful, and accessible as any person. Our team has a long history of designing innovative universal design and code upgrade solutions compatible with historic buildings. Our combined knowledge of local codes, along with expertise with historic buildings, allows us to design exterior and interior solutions that respect the building while producing a workable alternative to standard applications. Our approach to code upgrade solutions is to be proactive in negotiating with City or County representatives in meeting the needs of all building users and State and Federal Regulations.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Our “BIM-ology” theme is: “Helping to solve construction and facility management issues one BIM at a time.” We take full advantage of the benefits of the parametric model technology. The model is a database that links every detail from design to construction, and eventually can be a tool in facility management. Our objective is to provide our clients with the best digital data and documentation available today. This tool is proven to reduce change orders in the field by over 20%. OHPD is 100% BIM and has been perfecting our BIM technology since 2008. A BIM project allows our clients access to technically accurate and detailed 3D computer models of architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical and civil elements, both new and existing.
OHPD offers extensive experience in facility conditions assessments (FCA), documentation, site evaluation, and planning. Our services range from pre-design assessments and master planning to exterior and interior building improvements, with direct experience working in historic facilities. We thrive on attention to detail, clear communication, and high quality assessment and design documentation that meet budget and schedule needs. In addition to our technical expertise, we take great pride in our knowledge of trends, best practices in creation of spaces, and research in evidence based design with deep understanding of diverse populations.
OHPD is very familiar with Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Working with Portland Public Schools, City of Portland City Hall, and Multnomah County historic buildings, OHPD submitted the required SHPO forms for each of the contributing schools. We have a high level of success meeting the SHPO concerns and maintaining the intent of the project scope by involving SHPO early in the process to ensure that there will not be delays as the project progresses.
Our preservation philosophy is predicated on a detailed understanding of the historical and architectural significance of the building(s) and site, and on an equally detailed understanding of the program. Working with historic buildings takes innovation and creativity to fulfill the needs of the present-day program and the building’s physical capability to support and enhance the program without loss of significant, character-defining features or fabric.