Julia West

Julia West

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Julia West is a 12-story cross laminated timber (CLT) building that will be located on a 5,000 square foot site in Portland’s West End. The tower houses more than 50,000 square feet of housing, amenities, and services within its small footprint, providing 90 units (60 studios and 30 one-bedroom) of Permanent Supportive Housing.

The goal of the project was to create a building that reflects the heritage of its inhabitants and honors the values that tie its community together. One of the ways this is achieved is by expressing the communal spaces on the façade of the building as large carve-outs in its massing. Much like the historic communities who remained connected through traveling the ancient waterways of the Columbia River, these spaces are connected through a single, basalt-like crack that travels between them and adds a subtle articulation to the façade.

A shade canopy on the ground floor and an overhang on the roof deck will provide residents with added solar protection. Large windows recess into the subtle projection of the west façade, providing glimpses of copper metal paneling and additional shade for residents.

Once built, Julia West is likely to be the first high-rise CLT building in Oregon. The wood structure benefits the environment with a lower carbon footprint than concrete or steel and also contributes to the warm, natural material palette on the interiors—an important aspect of Trauma-informed design. Wood ceilings and glulam columns are left exposed on the building's interior, contributing to a warm material palette inspired by the local ecology of the Pacific Northwest. This extends into the units where natural light is prioritized to help create a calm and comfortable urban living experience.

There will be several amenities, including a rooftop terrace, laundry lounge, and two community rooms—one on the ground floor, and one on the top floor.

The building will house on-site support services provided by the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA Northwest) and the Northwest Pilot Project. NARA Northwest is an Indian-owned and operated nonprofit that provides support for the “emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health of our Indian people.” Northwest Pilot Project provides support for low-income seniors, with a focus on housing, transportation, and advocacy as its core programs.


Community Development Partners


Portland, OR


Expected 2025


51,295 sq. ft.
90 units

Targeted Certifications

National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
Energy Star