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The new headquarters for Fora Health unites their adult addiction treatment programs and administrative offices in one central location for the first time. A contemporary design with familiar forms and materials and a spa-like environment creates a welcoming, calming experience that helps remove the stigma of rehab. Spaces for residential, outpatient, and detox programs support Fora Health's philosophy of the treatment of addiction as a medical issue rather than a moral failing.

The building’s mass embraces a central courtyard. An undulating gabled roof form bridges the site’s varied context with a gesture that physically and symbolically unites the building’s program elements “under one roof." The lobby opens to the courtyard and direct patients to three primary program areas: detox to the left, outpatient to the right, and residential upstairs.

The central lobby’s floor-to-ceiling glass, gabled ceiling, ethereal grand stair, light wood, greenery, and range of seating options create an airy, open, and welcoming reception and intake experience.

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In the courtyard, a gradual transition from hardscape to wooded involves an existing stand of trees and allows for active, passive, and meditative uses.

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Administrative offices on the west end of the building feature a separate entrance, open offices with a roof deck, private offices, conference rooms, and a staff lounge.

A trauma-informed design approach guided the inclusion of ample physical and visual access to outdoor space, the positioning of the reception desk to the side for a less-imposing approach, maximum openness with no blind corners nor dead-end corridors, clear wayfinding, and a serene interior palette.

A commitment to indoor environmental quality drove the selection of healthy materials and finishes, including carpet, paint, and phthalate-free LVT flooring. External roof insulation and a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) mechanical system with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) unit contribute to the building’s energy efficiency.

The new headquarters gives Fora Health's staff an environment that best supports the organization’s mission to create freedom from addiction for many future generations of patients.

400 Daily outpatient visits

70 Residential program beds

24 Detox treatment beds

100 Parking Spots


Fora Health


Edlen & Co.


Portland, Oregon


53,400 sf


2023 AIA National Healthcare Award

2022 Oregon ASLA, Design Honor Award, General Design

2022 Daily Journal of Commerce Top Projects, 1st Place, Healthcare and Life Science Category

2022 Portland Business Journal Transformer Award

2021 Portland Design Commission, Design Excellence Award

2019 Portland Design Commission Project of the Year