Braced for Safety: Washington County’s Law Enforcement Center

by | March 14, 2018 3 Architecture, Innovations

Yesterday, Washington County officials cut a ribbon to mark the completion of structural seismic upgrades to the Law Enforcement Center at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office & Jail! SERA was hired to design the structural approach with KPFF Consulting Engineers in December 2015. Although the building is only 22 years old, analysis and advancement in […]

SERA Welcomes Eight to Principal Group

by | March 7, 2018 0 SERA General

In our 50th year as a firm, SERA has grown its expertise across diverse markets. The foundation of which is our staff, who are focused on clients, serving our community, and creating long-lasting places for people. Our leadership represents a dedication to the firm, our shared values, and a vision for our next 50 years. […]

Implementing Biophilic Design at Living Future unConference

Join SERA this May for Living Future’s unConference, where we’ll be presenting “Biophilia – from Theory to Culture to Action.” In an ongoing, grassroots effort at SERA, our staff is exploring biophilic design – simply put, how environments with natural characteristics impact health and wellbeing – and how it can enrich projects, support cultural values, […]

Anyone Can Design in Virtual Reality

In the Pixar movie Ratatouille, Chef Gusteau’s motto was “Anyone can cook.” Food critic Anton Ego initially viewed that sentiment with disdain but eventually came to the conclusion that “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” In the architectural world, there are a number of barriers preventing […]

JADE Affordable Housing: A Q&A with the Project Team

Today, we break ground on the ROSE/APANO Affordable Mixed Use Development in Portland’s Jade District! The project is the culmination of a thorough public engagement process, with project manager Gauri Rajbaidya and lead designer Travis Dang acting as facilitators for the development team. Next year, the project will bring undersupplied one-, two- and three-bedroom units, […]

Support ROSE CDC through this year’s Give!Guide

This year, we’re excited to partner with ROSE Community Development for Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. Give!Guide makes donating to outstanding Portland nonprofits simple – with plenty of great perks for donors! SERA shares ROSE’s mission to revitalize outer Southeast Portland through the development of homes and economic opportunities. Just this month, SERA and O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders […]

SERA-designed piano finds home at The Dougy Center

by | September 19, 2017 0 SERA General

Earlier this summer a group of SERA volunteers made-over a piano bound for the junkyard for the program Piano.Push.Play. Our piano and eight others were stationed throughout the city all summer for the public to enjoy. Now that summer’s over, we’re happy to hear that our piano has found a permanent home at The Dougy […]

What it means to be an employee owner

by | August 18, 2017 1 Presentations, SERA General

Here at SERA, we’re a 100% employee owned and operated firm. So what does that mean? Funny you should ask. Many years ago, SERA’s founders, Bing Sheldon and Don Eggleston, looked ahead to their retirement and realized that they didn’t want the traditional transition of the firm to take place, whereby a few employees ‘buy […]