Design Trip to Portland

As both an opportunity to serve as design inspiration and bring our staff together in a galvanizing experience, the entire PIVOT staff boarded a chartered bus and headed for a design field trip to Portland. During the trip, we learned a little bit about the projects that our co-workers cite as architectural inspiration and visited two noted Portland sites.

PIVOT connected with several project managers from Hacker to learn about some of the details behind the Portland Japanese Garden and the construction for First Tech Federal Credit Union.

The additions to the Portland Japanese Garden were designed by famed architect Kengo Kuma with Hacker serving as the local partner and combines traditional Japanese design with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. The garden provides a place of tranquility while situated in the confines of the bustling metropolis. We learned how the Village House and Tea Café were intricately constructed with many locally-sourced materials.

The First Tech Federal Credit Union is a multi-phased project heavily using glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT) to decrease the carbon footprint of the 150,000 SF building. As CLT is a nascent building material in the US, for many of PIVOT’s staff it was the first time seeing it come together in a project.


PIVOT Office Closed Friday 10.13

The PIVOT office is taking an architecture  design field trip to Portland and will be closed. We will open again Monday morning. Until then, email is the best way to contact us. Find email addresses here.


River Road Elementary Grand Opening

River Road Elementary Open House

Fall is here which means school is back in session.

And students at River Road Elementary School have a new light-filled, sustainable, state-of-the-art building and we want to share it with the community.

Join us on Thursday, October 5 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the neighborhood school building with a ribbon cutting, student performances and refreshments. PIVOT will be conducting architect-led tour of the school to tell the community about its innovative indoor and outdoor learning spaces.

River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School
120 W. Hilliard Ave., Eugene

Thursday, October 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the event.


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At PIVOT Architecture, we work in an open and transparent way in teams that are formed for each project. We actively listen to each other and our clients and produce places that are responsive to programmatic requirements, context, and budget. We recognize our responsibility to manage resources thoughtfully and understand that the decisions we make affect the health of our communities and environment. We seek people who understand that implementing these values requires thought, care, and creativity. Our interior designers are at the table on day one, seamlessly blending the perspectives and contributions originating from all facets, inside and out, of each project’s design.

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