Holst Celebrates 30 Years of Creating Meaningful Architecture that People Love

Holst Celebrates 30 Years of Creating Meaningful Architecture that People Love

Since 1992, Holst has been devoted to creating meaningful architecture that people love. Thank you to all of our clients and collaborators— we can’t wait to see what we do together next!

A Look Back at our Highlights of 2021

2021 Promotions

We are so excited to celebrate the hard work, talent, and outstanding contributions that each of these team members bring to Holst everyday. Congratulations to Steven, Josiah, Erin, Cole, Lauren, Jordan, and Kristina on their promotions!

Recent Groundbreakings

Shovels are in the ground, and we couldn't be more excited to see these significant projects begin to take shape!

Oregon State University Arts and Education Complex
OSU’s Arts and Education Complex (AEC) is breaking new ground as a building that supports a blended model for visual and performing arts, weaving student performance, learning, and social spaces throughout the building. The AEC is an answer to students' desire to transform everyday spaces into platforms for expression. It will be a centerpiece for culture and creativity, crafted beautifully and sustainably as a gateway to the Corvallis campus.

The Aurora
Designed for Human Solutions, a Portland-based non-profit that envisions vibrant, healthy neighborhoods that all people can share, The Aurora maintains the feel of a residential building while providing a maximum number of family-oriented units in East Portland. The building’s location on the site of Human Solutions’ former homeless shelter is positioned close to transit on a designated Civic Corridor. The L-shaped design protects an interior courtyard and provides parking for staff and some residents. Related community services, rather than retail, will anchor the ground floor spaces on Stark.

3000 Powell
3000 Powell is a 206-unit affordable housing project for families in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood of SE Portland. Developed, owned, and operated by Home Forward, 3000 Powell will offer a wide range of unit sizes and types paired with a robust ground floor program of community rooms, courtyards, playgrounds, services, and spaces for families in need. This transit-oriented development is close to the central city and is adjacent to schools, grocery stores, and multiple bus lines. Arranged in an X-shaped plan, the building massing allows for maximized density while providing visual interest and a dynamic façade that adds to the eclectic and varied characters of the neighborhood.

Ninebark is a new nature-oriented residential community developed by Killian Pacific along the Columbia River waterfront in Washougal, Washington. Holst’s design for the nearly nine-acre site weaves together nine buildings, public park, and open spaces into the surrounding natural environment. Eight apartment buildings house a mix of 246 studios, one-, two-, or three- bedroom units using high quality, sustainable, regionally sourced materials. A freestanding clubhouse features a dramatic sloped roofline and an abundance of amenities.

Growing our Leadership

This past fall, we enthusiastically welcomed two new Directors to our team. Kim Krippaehne joins Holst with over 31 years of experience in the Portland construction community. As Development Director, Kim will lead new business strategy and community affairs. Libby Corliss brings 11 years of experience in the local AEC industry. As Marketing Director, Libby will focus on creative marketing, brand management, and public relations. Their arrival comes at an exciting time as we celebrate three decades of incredible partnerships and chart our path into the future to create more special projects and places with you.

2022 is Looking Bright

As 2022 kicks off, we are thrilled to have several important projects already underway, ranging from affordable and market rate housing to nonprofit headquarters and Passive House developments. Some are with valued long-time partners while others have given us the opportunity to form new relationships. We are beyond excited to see these projects shape cities across the Pacific Northwest.

On the Boards

Holst is partnering with TriMet and BRIDGE Housing to design a modern, integrated, and community-sensitive replacement of the Hollywood Transit Center. The site is envisioned as a mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development that embraces the site, its history, and the Hollywood District as a hub for transit, equity, and community. Redesigned as a safe, welcoming, and fully-integrated transit and housing hub, the development will deliver up to 201 permanently affordable homes, community spaces, and active ground floor amenity spaces.

74th & NE Glisan
In partnership with affordable housing developer Related NW, Catholic Charities of Oregon, and IRCO, Holst is excited to bring this inventive and collaborative project to Portland's Montavilla neighborhood. 74th & NE Glisan recently earned $19.9 million in funding from the Portland Housing Bureau to build 137 units of affordable housing, with 41 units of permanent supportive housing and 96 units of housing for families with a focus on serving individuals impacted by domestic violence as well as the immigrant population. 74th & NE Glisan will enhance economic opportunity in the neighborhood by partnering with Humble Pie—a social impact training program to provide an onsite café and barista training program, as well as Mercy Corps NW to provide business mentorship and small business education.

Rand Road
In partnership with Community Development Partners and the Columbia Cascade Housing Corp., Holst is designing a large community of affordable apartments and townhomes on Rand Road in Hood River. By capitalizing on OHCS’s LIFT Funding, the development aims to offer 129 much-needed affordable units as well as more than three acres of park/open space to the Hood River community in 2025.

Whitewater Passive House Community
In partnership with developer Roundhouse, Holst is designing a Passive House community for Boise's newest neighborhood. Located between downtown and the Boise River Greenbelt, this mixed-use, multi-family hub will create a vibrant new place to live, work, and play.

Grace Peck Terrace
Holst is working with Walsh Construction, Home Forward, and Studio Petretti to revitalize Grace Peck Terrace, a six story, 95-unit apartment building in the Irvington Historic Neighborhood. The new façade design retains existing balconies and includes upgrades to residential units, community space, building entries, and adds multiple new outdoor terrace spaces for residents. The building serves a low-income, elderly population and those with disabilities. The design prioritizes the specific needs of this population as well as Home Forward’s long-term maintenance goals to create a durable and enriching environment that also fits into the context of the historic neighborhood.

Holst is working in partnership with Ginn Group to design and deliver onetwentyUP—a four-story, 142 unit mixed-use multi-family project located in Vancouver, Washington. The defining feature on the project is a series of very wide Juliet balconies with triple sliding doors that open up the entire width of living room to the outside. These create a checkerboard pattern across the façade and wrap at the corners to bring expansive natural light to the units.

311 11th
Pursuing Passive House Certification, 311 11th is an eight story, 71-unit apartment building planned for Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Holst is collaborating closely with the building's owner, Coho Collaborative, and contractor Cascade Built—a team that has centered its business on building attractive, attainable, healthy and energy efficient housing. The design includes amenity spaces and roof decks with views to downtown Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula.

Weaver Creek Commons
The Weaver Creek Commons will provide much-needed workforce housing to the city of Battle Ground, Washington. Holst is working in partnership with the Vancouver Housing Authority to design and deliver 80 units of housing—a mix of studios, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments. Bordering Weaver Creek, the site focuses its buildable area to the southeast, allowing a natural taper from the urban street edge toward the natural habitat of the creek. An intentionally minimal material palette combined with gabled roof forms create a modern and rhythmic yet familiar massing, blending seamlessly into the neighborhood fabric.

Carlton City Hall
The new Carlton City Hall combines community center, city office, and police department functions into one new building located a block from the small city’s downtown core. The design’s organization, form, materials, and features create a fitting presence for city functions tailored to Carlton’s history, character, and industries. Holst’s design divides the building into two wings—a secure public safety wing to the west and a public services wing to the east—flanking an inviting recessed public entry courtyard lined with wood in contrast to the classic brick facades. The project began design development in March 2020, but was significantly impacted by the year’s events and went on hold in summer 2020. After recently starting back up, we are incorporating new program into the design.

Street Roots Headquarters
The Street Roots headquarters building, located in the heart of Portland's historic Old Town/Skidmore neighborhood, is a renovation and addition that will have a significant impact on the community that it serves and the prominent corner it occupies. Street Roots' mission to empower, advocate, and provide resources for people experiencing homelessness and poverty resonates with our own mission at Holst, and it is an honor to provide our design services pro-bono. The building will support newspaper vendors, administrative staff, and writers with vendor services and resources, offices, a hygiene center, and a quiet rooftop garden for small classes and quiet reflection. Renovating the existing historic building aspires to revitalize the corner and showcase the important work that Street Roots does in our community.

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