Oregon / SW Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Oregon and the area of Southwest Washington.

Regional Manager: Donna Robinson, CMM, CMP

In-Person or Virtual Tour and Happy Hour

September 20, 2022
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Serendipity Center

14815 SE Division, Portland, OR 97236

Because Serendipity’s model of care is grounded in a holistic approach, we have intentionally developed a facility that features customized spaces for a variety of uses. A therapeutic school needs spaces for fostering learning, healing, community, and joy. We are proud to share the segments of our campus that support academic learning, technology, experiential and leadership projects, work experience, life skill cultivation, counseling, coaching, groups, exercise and active play, and access to nutritious meals. Serendipity complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its applicable requirements including those related to access to campus facilities, provision of services, and employment.

Adaptability to Change: We have a 1:1 ratio of staff to students at Serendipity. Our model is designed to adapt to each students' academic, social, behavioral, and mental health needs.

Fits into Community: Serendipity currently partners with as many as 26 school districts in seven counties in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We accept children who have never been successful in their public school or alternative program. At Serendipity, the therapeutic school is a special education program with a primary focus on emotional and behavioral growth. Our program prioritizes academic learning (EDUCATION), progress on individual treatment goals (MENTAL HEALTH), preparing for future success (TRANSITION), and the development of life-long health practices (WELLNESS).

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about best practices in designing buildings serving K-12 aged students with disabilities and trauma histories.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: BRIC Architecture
Contractor: Walsh Construction Co.
Owner: Serendipity Center

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Serendipity Center
14815 SE Division
Portland, OR 97236
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Von Ebert Brewing
Happy Hour
Von Ebert Brewing – Glendoveer Location
14021 NE Glisan St,
Portland, OR 97230

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Registration closes on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Virtual link will be sent out Monday, September 19, 2022.

In-person – Masks are required to attend in person


Tour and Happy Hour

October 11, 2022
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Garver Theater

1500 NE Garfield Street, Camas, WA 98607

The tour will be co-led by Mahlum Architects and the theater consultant, The Shalleck Collaborative. The original theater was constructed in 1936 as a Junior High expansion of Camas High School. The building incorporated Art Moderne elements, which still provide character-defining features to the largely-untouched interior of the 700-seat theater. The renovation includes significant seismic upgrades, a new accessible entrance, a double-height lobby, back-of-house space, gender inclusive restrooms, and a refurbished theater. The tour will cover structural, sustainable, programmatic, and technical upgrades that allowed the building to be reopened as a modern production environment.

Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize the essential program features that allowed this 95-year-old building to be adapted into a multi-use theater venue on a tight budget.
  • Describe the key life safety updates that were required to re-open this structure after it was shuttered for over a decade due to seismic concerns.
  • Explore the existing and new design features that support a modern theater, including acoustics, theatrical equipment, lighting, and A/V.
  • Identify the changes required to adaptively reuse a former school theater as a public venue, including accessibility upgrades, and mechanical/plumbing/electrical system upgrades.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Mahlum Architects
Landscape Architect: HHPR
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Electrical Engineer: Interface
Civil Engineer: HHPR
Mechanical Engineer: Interface
Contractor: Todd Construction
Specialized Consultants:
   The Shalleck Collaborative (Theater and A/V)
   Stantec (Acoustics)
   ToPa3d (3-d scan of original building)
    Professional Roofing Consultants (Envelope, as sub to Owner)
Owner: Camas School District

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Garver Theater
1500 NE Garfield Street
Camas, WA 98607
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Von Ebert Brewing
Happy Hour
Grains of Wrath
230 NE 5th Ave.
Camas, WA 98607

Members: Free | Non-members: $20


2022 Scholarship Winners

Kate Buehrig Kate Buehrig
“It is so exciting to receive the scholarship from the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter! This award will support my future education and allow me to attend the University of San Diego. I look forward to exploring a new environment and challenging myself in new ways. Thank you for this generous award."

Joey Young Joey Young
“I am honored to be receiving the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter Scholarship. This scholarship will help to support me in my studies in biochemistry at the University of Washington and also my continuation of studies in viola performance and music composition. I plan to become a pharmacist so I can serve the people in my community. I am very thankful for this scholarship and your support.”

Mentors Needed

Would you like to share your knowledge of architecture, engineering, and construction with middle school students and helps shape their understanding of what our built environment in the future could be like? The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter is looking for volunteers to be mentors for middle school students in the Metro area as they participate in the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition, which challenges student teams to design their “school of the future”. Mentors will work directly with students and their teachers, and can volunteer for as much time as they are able. Planning, design, construction and operations knowledge in all fields and skills are welcome. The competition starts in Fall and concludes with the Chapter competition in March. This is a great opportunity to educate our sustainability leaders of the future! Contact Robert Allen for more information.

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Upcoming Events

September 20, 2022
Serendipity Center
BRIC Architecture

October 11, 2022
Garver Theater
Camas School District
Mahlum Architects

November 15, 2022
PPS Lincoln High School
Portland Public Schools
Bora Architecture & Interiors

December 6, 2022
Wy'east Middle School
Evergreen Public Schools
Mahlum Architects

January 10, 2023
Art Rutkin Elementary School
Tigard Tualatin School District
Bora Architects

January 24, 2023
Gardiner Middle School
Oregon City School District
BRIC Architecture

February 21, 2023
Tumwata Middle School
Oregon City School District
BRIC Architecture

March 14, 2023
Benson Polytechnic High School (Construction Tour)
Portland Public Schools
Bassetti Architects

March 28, 2023
Life Skills Training Center at WSSB
Washington State School for the Blind
Mahlum Architects

April 11, 2023
Mountain View High School
Evergreen Public Schools
LSW Architects

April 25, 2023
Wilsonville High School
West Linn-Wilsonville School District
Bora Architecture & Interiors

May 9, 2023
Caldera High School
Bend-La Pine Schools
BBT Architects

May 23, 2023
Heritage High School
Evergreen Public Schools
LSW Architects

June 2023
North Eugene High School
Eugene School District 4J
Rowell Brokaw Architects (Arch of Record); Opsis Architecture (Design Architect)

September 2023
McKay High School
Salem-Keizer School District
BRIC Architecture

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